At Two Roads, we understand that our success depends on your success. To help prospective employees prepare for that success, we’ve put together a set of career resources. Below are some great tips and links on how to work with Recruiters and Hiring Managers.
Working with our Recruiters
Often times, job seekers misunderstand the recruiting role and think they are looking for jobs that match your resume. They are not. What you want to keep in mind when working with a recruiter is that their job is to find qualified candidates for the hiring companies they work for. When this is understood, working together can produce an excellent long-term relationship, and a solid career move for the candidate.
Quick Tips to put Your Name on Top
Your E-Mail subject line should include either Job Name you are applying for or the Title of your role.
Effective subject lines in e-mails should reference the position you’re applying for or the title of the role you currently hold. Recruiters sort through hundreds of e-mails daily. Yours will stand out with a simple, to the point subject line.
Your resume should be able to convey your history and skills at a glance.
Your skills set should be listed at the top of your resume. Don’t be concerned with the “objective”. Recruiters and Hiring Managers are looking for: your last employer and position, your tenure there, and the three to five most relevant bullet points based on the job you’re applying for. If a quick scan doesn’t yield a compelling career narrative, your resume can be sent directly to an electronic search pool.
Misspellings of any kind.
Typos may leave the impression that you don’t pay attention to details. Double and triple check your resume. Have someone with an eye for detail proof read it as well.
When applying for a specific job from an advertisement or social media posting, make sure you meet the criteria.
Often times an applicant is passed up because he/she has applied for a specific job without having the qualified skills listed in that job. When a job seeker ignores certain stipulations such as a listing that requests local candidates only or has degree requirements that don’t match, it becomes evident that they are answering postings without reading them. This is a waste of time for everyone involved. If you don’t see a job you can apply to, simply send your resume with your job title in the the subject line. This is enough to allow any recruiter to organize your resume in their hot sheet, and contact you if interested.
Follow up, follow up, follow up
After each employment interview your recruiter arranges, call to let him/her know how the meeting went. Your feedback can provide information that can be leveraged in follow-up communication with the employer. This could pave the way to a second or final interview. By following up, you also may receive valuable insight into your interview skills and learn about any concerns expressed by the hiring manager. Throughout the relationship, be forthright in communicating any changes in your career needs or availability. If you’re interviewing for other jobs that you’ve set up on your own, let your recruiter know. He/she may have contacts at the company and be able to help you secure the position.
Although using the services of a skilled recruiter can significantly improve your odds of locating employment, even the most successful recruiting professionals need time to locate companies that need your job skills. So, don’t get discouraged. Recruiters continually mine their sources for job leads and may suddenly discover an opportunity that is right for you. If you’d like a status update, call your recruiter with questions. Checking in with him/her on a regular basis ensures both of you remain focused on the best opportunities for you.
We have also created a helpful Infographic to outline the process between the Job Seeker and Recruiter.