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Getting Real With Roses
Job Seeker and Job Recruiter Partnership
Lets face it, finding a job is not the easiest task, especially when youre going through the process alone. While there are some elements of a search that are up to you, it can be a good idea to get a little bit of help along the way. That bit of extra assistance can come in the form of working with a job recruiter.
Job recruiters work directly with human resources and clients in a variety of industries to locate talent for open employment positions. Recruiters also work with job candidates to assess skills and match job candidates with open positions. Unlike a passive online search involving the submission of applications and resumes and a wait-and-see approach, working with a recruiter is active. One of a recruiters main roles is to be constantly seeking out new candidates.
Make an Introduction
While you can choose to wait for a recruiter to discover your Linkedin profile, its also okay to reach out to a recruiter and let them know youre interested in working with them. Different recruiters specialize in different industries, so its beneficial to research several before making an initial contact. Once you identify two or three who you might like to work with, introduce yourself via a professional email and let the recruiter know about the kind of work youre looking for.
Building Rapport with a Recruiter
When it comes to working with recruiters, job seekers have their preferred forms of contact. While these preferences will differ slightly from person to person, traditional methods like phone calls, in-person/face-to-face and email are still the most preferred, according to Americanstaffing.net.
- Phone call 72%
- In-person/face-to-face 72%
- Email 71%
- Account on a website 36%
- Text message 24%
- Video conference 20%
- Social media message 15%
Once you and a recruiter establish a preferred method of contact, make sure to always respond to calls and messages from them quickly. Responding in a timely manner is not only courteous and professional but it lets a recruiter know if the job is of interest or not. Even if youre not interested in a role, take the time to respond to the them. Job seekers who do not do this will quickly find a recruiter no longer wants to work with them. Embracing the give-and-take of the job search in real time helps teach both parties about identifying the best possible fit for a candidate and a company.
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