Lilia Zacchia, Professional Career Advisor, Career and Professional Development Services
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Are you interested in learning more about the role of a recruiter, or how they might benefit your career goals? Curious about connecting with a staffing professional, but not sure how or where to reach out? Are you currently talking with a recruiter, but are finding yourself struggling to communicate your career needs effectively? The following article provides an interview with Govig & Associates recruiter, Jenna Thomson, and Arizona State University Career Advisor, Lilia Zacchia. Read on to learn best practices for finding, connecting, and communicating with top recruiters in an effective manner.
Why is it important to connect with recruiters?
A recruiter’s job is to connect you to opportunity. Recruiters are professional staff that have access to a host of roles in a wide variety of industries. Even if the recruiter you reach out to does not have a role that directly fits your current needs, it never hurts to ask if they have additional recruiting or direct company contacts that can lead you in the right direction. Remember: recruiters are professionals that have a solid understanding of reputable companies that are hiring in many sectors. Even if they don’t have the perfect fit, it never hurts to have a conversation and be transparent about your needs.The best way to find a recruiter is on LinkedIn, or directly on the recruiting company website. Tell the recruiter what you are looking for, and that can open the door to a proactive networking relationship that can connect you to the right opportunities, or benefit you later on down the road.
Where can students connect with recruiters? LinkedIn, a world-wide search engine, is the #1 place to connect with recruiters. When utilizing LinkedIn for your search, narrow down the recruiting firm you are looking to work with, and search for that company in the LinkedIn search bar. Additionally, make sure that the company you are outreaching to specializes in your industry or career area of expertise. Next, send that recruiter a message! Be specific and them know your goal and what you are hoping to accomplish. Recruiters very much appreciate candidates that take the time to seek them out, as it shows that they have done their research. Company and recruiting websites, as well as social media, are another great place to connect with recruiters. Additionally, spend time searching on job-search engines, such as ZipRecruiter and Indeed.
What are best practices for communicating with recruiters?
First and foremost, double-check that your resume is up-to-date, accurate, free of spelling/ grammatical errors, and is formatted appropriately. Arizona State University Career and Professional Development Services (add link to CPDS website) is a great way to have your resume reviewed by a professional career advisor, or career peer. Visit ASU Handshake (add link to Handshake) to make an appointment. Additionally, when emailing or messaging a recruiter on LinkedIn, always attach your resume when reaching out. Next, be specific about your goals. Are you looking for careers in a particular industry? Do you just want to have a conversation? Are you applying for a specific, posted job? Make sure that you highlight the intent of your outreach.
Lastly, do not ghost your recruiter. If you accept another position, or are no longer interested in a role, let your recruiter know. Falling off the face of the earth is unprofessional and will be a sure-fire way to directly show your recruiter you are no longer interested in working with them.
How should students follow-up when they have communicated with a recruiter?
While it’s important to not bombard your recruiter with daily messages, definitely always follow-up within a two week time-frame. This gives the impression that you are interested, and professional enough to follow-up. Even if the role gets filled, keep in contact with your recruiter because they may fill that sort of position on various occasions, and you never know when a similar position will pop-up. Checking in monthly to ask, “are you hiring for this particular role?” is a great way to stay top-of-mind.
Interested in being a recruiter?
Govig & Associates provides specialized executive recruiting services that help companies and talent achieve their goals. Govig specializes in biotechnology, the pharmaceutical industry, healthcare, building products, construction, and the local Arizona market. Interested in becoming a recruiter or learning more about what this career entails? Check out the Govig & Associates career page HERE.