Recruiters vary their
methods depending on the scope and level of seniority of their
recruitment assignment. In essence, their job is to gather potential
candidates one way or another, and filter them down to a workable
shortlist of candidates who they will interview. They may advertise for
candidates either online and/or in the press, or search for candidates
online or by word of mouth. Thus, in this blog we will run through how
to maximise your chances of getting noticed by a recruiter.
Ensuring your CV and Cover Letter are keyword-richIf a position has been advertised online or in the press, recruiters are likely to receive hundreds of responses. The recruitment firm will have a researcher filter cover letters and CVs that have been sent in. They may even employ a researcher to specifically search for keywords or indeed, may use a computer algorithm to zone in on the keywords they have prioritised as relevant for the role. Therefore, in order to ensure that you pass through this first filter, you must have a CV and cover letter which is rich in keywords that mirror those used in the job advertisement or job specification.
Word of MouthThe recruitment firm may also do old-school research, seeking to find candidates by word of mouth. Having a large network of colleagues and former colleagues that will speak highly of you and recommend you is important. Develop your network internally and stay in touch with those colleagues who have moved onto other firms. Ensure that this diaspora is well-disposed towards you and will work in your favour - as indeed, you will by reciprocation. Related to this, you can also increase your market profile by contributing to blog sites, forums, conferences, etc. Develop and promote your personal brand in a socially appropriate manner, but this is a much bigger subject than we can do justice here.
A Database PresenceIf you have been approached by a search firm or recruiter in the past, your details may have been put into their searchable database. It follows therefore, to ensure that their records about you and your career are accurate, so from time to time - and when relevant - bring them up to date. Moreover, if you are approached by a recruitment researcher asking for your thoughts on other potential candidates for a search that they are working on, be helpful. Make that researcher your ally and offer to send them your CV for future reference.
Act ConfidentLast but not least, confidence is a very attractive quality. If you're confident, recruiters (and people you work for) will feel it and will notice you and will thus have greater consideration for your candidacy. So speak up for yourself, speak like you're sure and stop talking like you're less. Definitely stop apologizing when you do or say every little thing and act confident no matter what.