7 Tricks to Get Recruiters to Notice You
“Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.” – Babe Ruth, American Baseball Player
Times have truly changed for job seekers. There was a time when job seekers had to, well, seek out jobs and hiring managers. In this day and age, recruiters and hiring managers come to you most of the time. Recruiters pride themselves on reaching great candidates first. If we look at it objectively, it is a game of balance between making yourself an attractive candidate to the recruiter and not looking too eager to get the job. In this blog, we will walk you through how to make yourself into an attractive candidate so that they notice you.
LinkedIn has become a hotspot for job seekers over the years. Even recruiters have taken to apps like LinkedIn as the primary source to find candidates. The platform has rolled out many nifty features that make finding people, jobs and connections that much easier. Even applying for a job is easier! Literally, it’s called “Easy Apply”.
If you want to stand out and have them approach you, you need to have a solid profile. This means getting some endorsements, building your network with professionals in your field, actively posting and engaging with other posts online and so on. It’s all about showing them that you are an active player in the arena. You also want to make sure that you use the relevant keywords in your profile, relative to your industry and job interests. It might also serve you well to get active in Groups and Events which can boost the chances of your getting noticed.
Get Active on Twitter
Much like LinkedIn, Twitter is also a popular venue for businesses to advertise job openings and source candidates. You know the rule with Twitter- follow the recruiters or the companies you are interested in. Engage them and actively put yourself in the line of fire, so to speak. Retweet the tweets of the companies you might be interested in. A little good faith and effort can go a long way in getting you noticed.
Another benefit of Twitter is its direct nature. If the recruiter you follow has posted a job opening, comment on it. They will of course check out your online profile. Just make sure that you have a clear and concise bio with links back to your LinkedIn profile or blog site or web profile. It’s all about leveraging socials in a way that benefits you. Speaking of which, you should seriously consider using applications like LiveSocial to coordinate your efforts across your social platforms.
Networking is your best friend when trying to get an employer's attention.
Attend Industry Events
Recruiters are always present at industry events. They are on the lookout for industry experts- those who are prolific within the industry are prime candidates in the eyes of a recruiter. With that in mind, the next time you attend an industry event like a trade show, conference or open forum, try to get yourself listed in the directory. You can do this by trying to land a speaking slot, being a keynote speaker or just participating in an open panel discussion.
“To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace.” – Doug Conant, CEO of Campbell’s Soup
Get Referred and Certified
Coming back to the point about endorsements, when you get referred by someone who is recognized or established in the industry, it speaks volumes to employers. Even if you aren’t an exact fit for the position, you might be recommended for another role, solely based on that referral. In this day and age, technology and current market environments make getting a reference that much easier. You should get certified as a professionally referred candidate.
You can achieve this certification through powerful and streamlined automated reference checking platforms like Credibled. This is a great tool that is specifically designed for passive candidates. So, if you want the recruiter to come to you, this is where you should start.
Having a strong, professional online presence is the best way to get recruiters to notice you.
Uploading an Online Resume
This isn’t a must when it comes to ways to get recruiters to notice you. However, it couldn’t hurt to cover all your bases. They are always most active on online job boards. You might benefit from uploading your updated resume to such platforms. Keep in mind that getting noticed is not the issue here, in fact, you might get a lot of attention. However, there is a catch – you will be bombarded with calls and emails on a near-daily basis.
To avoid this issue, a good idea is to make sure you use the right industry-relevant and job-relevant keywords in your resume when you upload it. This will help the resume and your profile to be indexed better. In turn, the employers who reach out to you will be more filtered.
Get Involved with Internal Recruitment of Your Company
When you get involved in the company’s internal recruitment processes, you will reap the benefits in two broad ways. On the one hand, you will meet recruiters who might be able to help you down the line with a job. This can be directly or indirectly, but in the long run, it is good to have professional recruiters on your side. On the other hand, when you work with them, you gain a useful understanding of what they look for and how you should present yourself.
Blog and Publish Yourself
With technology on our side, it has never been easier to get yourself published. However, that is not to say that everyone has the time to write a novel or maintain a blog. Having said that, if you do write a few articles and keep doing so throughout your professional career, it’s a great thing. Look, if we are being honest, unless you’re pouring in a ton of investment, these blogs aren’t likely to get you noticed by recruiters.
Instead, the aim here would be to bolster your profile. You can showcase that you have industry expertise. Your professional voice can be heard this way. At the end of the day, it can boost your chances with the recruiters, if you position yourself as an industry leader.