This week, the LiveCareer team reached out to some of our professional contacts in the recruiting and contingency staffing fields. We asked our friends to provide some resume tips and general guidelines that our readers might use to attract more attention on the job market, specifically from recruiters, headhunters, and specialized temporary staffing agencies. Here’s some of the advice they sent us.
“When you’re contacted by a recruiter, you don’t need to answer if you don’t want the job. But if you do, by all means, jump on top of it. Respond immediately, ask for more information, and get ready to customize and forward your resume over to us. Even if we already have access to an older version or your LinkedIn profile, we’ll need a current copy of your resume right away. The faster you take action, the faster the gears will start turning and we can make this thing happen.”
Clean Up Your LinkedIn
“Please make sure your LinkedIn profile contains these three pieces of information: Your desired job title, the name of your industry (manufacturing, food service, electrical engineering, etc), and your geographic area. You don’t have to use your exact address, but a general location will help as we try to narrow down candidates who live close to our employer clients.”
“Follow up if you’re interested in the job, but don’t take it personally if we don’t call you back right away or immediately respond to your emails. Our first priority is to our clients, and no matter how much we like you or how strong your resume may be, we have to take care of their needs first. If their interest turns elsewhere, we have to follow. Also, we’re very busy, so we may not have time to engage in a dialogue at any given moment.”
Treat Recruiters Like an Employer
“Treat us with the same respect you would show to a potential employer. We may not be the ones in a position to hire you, but we’re gatekeepers, so recognize that getting to them means getting past us. Don’t show up to your interview in sneakers or chew gum or play with your phone while you talk to us. And don’t keep relentlessly turning the conversation back to your own needs and your own salary requirements. You wouldn’t talk to an employer that way, I hope.”
Keep Your Resume Polished & Ready
The best way to win recruiters over is simple: hand them a complete, targeted, tailored, and beautifully written resume, and do so as soon as they ask. Visit LiveCareer for tools that can help.