Job Seekers to Network with Recruiters

Recruiters have an addenda when they speak with you and a plan.  Typically, a recruiter wants to learn about your experience and get to the root of can you fill one of their positions.  Some recruiters will have a long term approach as to how can I find a position for you if I don’t currently have one.

 

A job seeker needs to have a similar plan.  Ask the recruiter:

  • Do you currently have a position?
  • Where do you see me as a good fit?
  • Do you recommend any revisions to my resume?
  • Ultimately I would like to be in an XYZ role.  What have you seen from other candidates that have allowed them to get to that level?
  • What other recruiters do you know that I might connect with?

That’s right.  Ask that question.  Recruiters know recruiters who know recruiters, etc.  Maybe ask for a connection with a corporate recruiter at a particular company that is of interest to you.

 

If you don’t ask you won’t get an answer.  As a corporate recruiter, I always connect with other recruiters to share qualified candidates and help good people.  Now the term “good” is subjective but more times than not I will do what I can or at least try to point someone in the right direction if they are interested or at least try to be engaging.

 

As a candidate, take a big picture approach.  Gauge the recruiter based upon what they see in the marketplace, for individuals with your specific qualifications, most common types of positions they work on.  This will give you a good feel for the recruiter, their knowledge of the market and what level of positions they most work on.  This will help to narrow down those you are comfortable working with on a search and those that appear to have your interest in hand.

 

Questions are a good thing, or you won’t get the answers you need.

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Get in the Twitter Game

Twitter is everywhere.  It is on your computer as an application (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/02/19/t-top-20-twitter-applications/), your phone (http://mashable.com/2008/12/21/twitter-mobile-applications/) and maybe even your t-shirt.

The fact is, Twitter is everywhere and everyone it talking about it.  Jon Stewart isn’t such a big fan though (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-OH285DdNM) but the craze is here and growing rapidly.

Whatever your reason for being on Twitter, follow people who might give you valuable insight to it and how best to utilize the technology.  It is never too early or too late to practice good Twitter-tips.  I like Dan Schawbel (@danschawbel) as he provides a variety of tips on Twitter and on Personal Branding which is his specialty.  While I do not agree with everything he puts out, it is very topical and gives some good exposure to different areas.

Build a network of what is of interest to you; jobs, technology, news, politics, finance, gaming, sports, dating, or whatever else and build a common interest theme.  Then, add people outside of this concentration to allow you to join a plethora of conversations and get exposed to a lot of areas.

Once you are on Twitter, join the conversation.  The best way to build your network is to be heard.

How to Approach Work

Work is a part of your life and for most of us it is what you spend the most time doing every day, week, month and year.  What does this mean?  If you are happy and motivated then it is a good place.  If it truly is work or a job, then something needs to happen – make it better or have a goal of finding something better.

 

Work is a huge stress on anyone and the stress often carries over to other parts of a person’s life.  Here are a few things to consider.

 

    Be inspired – Enjoying your work is critical, not only to your happiness but also to your success.  If you are not happy now, become inspired.  What are you able to do to make an improvement, to challenge yourself or to step outside of your comfort zone.  Maybe a bit cliché but you will be surprised of what you are capable of doing.

 

    Dress for success – As the saying goes, “dress for the position you want, not the position you have.”  This always resonated with me.  Look at your manager and your managers peers, how do they dress?  Look up the hierarchy in the company and see how each person dresses and what position they have.  This could be eye opening.

 

    Network – For some of us, meeting someone new or introducing yourself is not the most comfortable activity.  This maybe very beneficial in the long-term though.  Have you ever played “6 degrees of Kevin Bacon?”  Networking is exactly like that, everyone knows someone and your network will spread into areas you never imagined and potentially open possibilities for you.

 

    Keep it professional – This is not about not having fun but watch what you do.  Do you have an account with LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace or any other professional/social networking site?  Companies are able to view this so be cautious of what you write and/or display.  That picture of you drinking with your friends… is it needed?  Sure, they are funny to you and your friends but what about a potential employer.

 

Just think a little more long term and good things happen.