Take a New Approach, Market Yourself to a Recruiter

If you answered yes, and have considered working with a recruiter, you are one step closer to getting your application seen by a hiring manager. And maybe you have thought about working with a recruiter but haven’t found someone to work with, perhaps it is time to switch things up and market yourself to a recruiter. Working at a recruiting firm, I have seen the benefits candidates receive from working with recruiters and I also know how busy recruiters can get working with candidates. That being said, not all recruiters have the time to speak with every individual applying for a position. Just remember, if you don’t get a phone call or email, do not panic, there is just not enough time in a day to contact everyone who could be a potential fit for a job.

To better your chances of working with a recruiter, take the time to market yourself as a worthy candidate and one who would be great to work with. Neeta Sharma (2008) created a presentation in which she highlighted ways of introducing yourself to a recruiter and what a potential relationship between yourself and a recruiter could be like. A few of Sharma’s (2008) key points included promoting your resume on job boards, networking to let others know that you are searching and patience, as good recruiters can be very busy. The presentation by Sharma (2008) is also a great reference to use as it goes into details about recruiters in general.

TechNix Inc. (2011) wrote an article that went into great detail about marketing yourself to a recruiter and what you need to know to get the ball rolling. Essentials for marketing yourself include:

Learning about the recruiter you want to work with and then make contact
Not every recruiter will be a great fit for you and doing a little research can go a long way when it comes to finding the best recruiter to work with you and your needs. Recruiter information can be found on an agency or company website and most likely with a quick search on LinkedIn. Once you have found a recruiter that you think could help in your job search, introduce yourself and what you are looking for in the relationship.

Referrals work
If you aren’t keen on any of the recruiters you found in your own search, ask friends or colleagues if they have any recruiters they could refer to you. Having a friend or colleague who has already worked with a particular recruiter can give you a better insight on if you and the recruiter will meld together well.

Follow-up with the recruiter
Now that you have contacted a recruiter to work with, do not let the relationship end there and expect the recruiter to call you right away. The next step is to make a follow-up call with the recruiter a few days after you first made contact. Recruiters get many resumes and can lack the time to call each candidate back; I would encourage you to make a follow-up call to see if the recruiter has had time to look over your resume and to talk about possible next steps in your application process.

Show the real you
Once you have spoken with the recruiter and decided that you want to work together, you should inform the recruiter of your skills, experience and any methods you have already used in your job search. Communicating details about yourself will allow the recruiter to get to know who you are as a candidate and the best way to help you reach your goals.

Stay connected
Even after your job search is complete, it is a good idea to keep in touch with the recruiter you worked with. Staying connected allows your relationship to continue and should you be in need of a recruiter again down the road, you can easily contact the recruiter that you already know and trust.

Neeta Sharma’s Full Presentation
Market Yourself, Social Hire

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