3 Tips for recruiters (and candidates)

When you’re looking for a job, you want to get the attention of recruiters who work for your best-match companies. When you’re a recruiter, you want to offer up the very best candidates possible to your clients. Here are our tips for both sides of that equation that will help identify “best” for everyone.

career recruiting#1: Skills

If you’re a recruiter looking for candidates, be crystal clear about the essential skill-set you’re looking for in the ideal candidate for any position your looking to fill. The clearer that is, the easier it will be for you to hone on on a short list of people to offer your client. 

If you’re looking for a job, be as clear about what you have to offer. And if the marketplace is looking for sharper skills than you currently sport, it’s time to look at getting the training needed to bring those skills up to the level you need.

Clarity from both recruiters and candidates will keep everyone from wasting time.

#2: Social

Top recruiters have taken to social media like … well, like ducks to water. LinkedIn is a top tool, as are social-search apps like Bullhorn Reach that pull in information from LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to help recruiters find top talent. If you’re a recruiter, and you’re not taking full advantage of the great sifting tool that is social media … get on that.

For candidates, using social media well could mean the difference between getting an offer and being an also-ran. Align all of your social profiles to reflect the best you have to offer. Make sure you have a great profile picture and a solid summary everywhere you appear. Be your own best brand advocate, and make sure to get a few recommendations from colleagues and supervisors. Create a network, don’t just plant a flag and expect something to happen. Use social networking to create meaningful relationships. 

#3: Specialize

Great recruiters are all specialists. Whether their focus is a specific industry, or a specific skill-set, the best of them are looking for very specific candidates for very specific opportunities. As a job-seeker, you want to attract the attention of the recruiters who are looking for exactly what you’re bringing to the marketplace.

Once you’ve identified and honed your skill-set, and established an engagement plan using social media, you’ll want to target your search and relationship-building to recruiters who are looking for exactly what you’re selling.

Those are our 3 tips. Have any of your own you’d like to share? Comments are open!


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