Thursday, May 9, 2013

NEWSFLASH: A Recruiter is Not a Job Finder! + Three EFFECTIVE ways to network with recruiters:

“You’re a recruiter… can you help me find a job?” / “You’re a recruiter… can I send you my resume?” / “You’re a recruiter… can we set up an interview?” 

I hear these questions each and every day. Whenever a friend loses a job or decides to make a change, I always get a call. My LinkedIn inbox is full of such messages. This post might come across a little bit harsh, but I feel it’s time to dispel a common misconception.

A recruiter is not a job-finder.

In fact, there’s really no such thing as a professional job-finder. The closest thing might be resume writers, career advisors, career counselors, life coaches or outplacement service professionals but they’re not really job-finders. They might do things as part of their duties that help you find your next job, but it’s not their job to find you a job. Make sense?

PEOPLE finders, not JOB finders:

A recruiter (in-house or agency) is REALLY not a job-finder. In fact, we’re kinda the exact opposite. We have a set number of very specific openings at any given time and we only hire one person per job. One. That means that the other 200-300 people that applied are not getting the job (a good recruiter will let you know that you didn’t get the job, but that’s another post for another day…) We are people finders, not job finders. We can’t help you find a job because we’re only really aware of the handful of jobs that we’re working on. We don’t know much about other openings out there because we’re laser-focused on filling the jobs on our own plate.

For close to ten years, I’ve been helping people find jobs by giving job search advice, sharing social media tips, explaining the recruiting process, blogging about the job search process, tweeting relevant articles and teaching essential networking skills for today’s jobseeker.  As such, I now receive 20+ requests every day from people asking me to help them find a job. I’ve spent countless hours responding to requests, offering to help make LinkedIn introductions, sharing blog post links and answering any specific questions, but I’m not able to do much beyond that. I want to help. I really do. But at the end of the day, I’m just not a job-finder.

The only job-finder out there is YOU.

If you are serious about finding your next position, you need to take matters into your own hands. Networking is great, but don’t blindly contact recruiters and ask them to help you find a job. It’s too broad and too nebulous. You need to be specific. If you want to reach out to recruiters as part of your job search, be targeted.

Three EFFECTIVE ways to network with recruiters:

  1. Apply online for a SPECIFIC position and THEN reach out to the appropriate recruiter to reiterate your interest. Reference the specific position and explain why you’re a perfect fit (but only if you ARE a perfect fit). What recruiter wouldn’t love to get the perfect candidate hand-delivered into their inbox? (This method works. I see it every single day.)

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