How Your Recruiter Can Help You Before Applying for the Position
Recruiters have seen a lot of professionals develop their careers across a spectrum of industries. Working with people that experienced significantly increases your chances of landing a new role quickly.
Make sure yours helps you strategize with these key issues.
Navigate (or Skip) Automated Tracking Systems
A lot of companies use automated application tracking systems these days.
And they don’t help you stand out from the herd, no matter how much you deserve it.
You need a way around them-and make no mistake, they are present in every company above 30 employees. It’s a keyword-based system, so you can’t over-stuff your resume with buzzwords or else it’ll set off the alarm bells.
You need someone to guide you through that kind of system. You can spend hours filling one out and not know if you crossed every T and dotted every I. Play it smart and spend your time wisely-the first time.
Develop Your Elevator Pitch
After you get through the ATS, you’ll need to communicate your value, vision, view of life, and character concisely. Knowing your audience is half the battle.
Going into an interview, the one person who knows your audience best is your recruiter. Recruiters have preexisting relationships with companies specifically to connect them with candidates like you. The know hiring managers’ personalities and preferences already, anyway.
Take advantage of what recruiters have to offer: a direct line to the hiring manager you want to befriend, and the chance to be coached by someone who can influence that manager as a trusted advisor.
Work with this person to articulate your professional identity so that the right people can understand you on your own terms.
Fit Everything into a Growth Narrative
Your elevator pitch starts the conversation, but your personal and professional narrative carries it for the one or two hours you’re speaking with the hiring manager.
There are a lot of elements in your work history that you might not think are relevant-much less career-defining-that just don’t seem to jive when you explain them. These are the kinds of things that you need an outsider’s perspective to shape.
They can raise the questions you haven’t thought to ask, and challenge you on answers you might take for granted. In short, they’ll coach you through the process of defining your professional image.
Becoming comfortable with your professional image breeds confidence, and hiring managers pick up on that before everything else.
Start Growing into the Roles You Want
You won’t have every skill requested on every job posting, but you’re in contact with someone who knows which skills to acquire first.
You should never lie on your resume. However, you can indicate that you’re working on developing more of the skills that hiring managers want to see. Start earning certifications, learning the right tools used in your field, and networking into relevant professional circles.
Your recruiter knows all about the field and the roles within it. Take advantage.
Create a Killer LinkedIn Profile
Last but not least on the list is your LinkedIn profile. It’s your resume that never sleeps, and it lets you add the kind of multimedia flair that just doesn’t fit on the more traditional sheet of paper.
Ask your recruiter to spot these things for you, to start:
- Excessive buzzwords
- Too many details
- Vague date ranges
- Weak headlines
Then move onto the more advanced elements of a good profile:
- Videos about company events and culture
- Written endorsements
- Value propositions or objective statements
- Scannable headlines
Recruiters evaluate your profile like a hiring manager would, and that’s where you can leverage an advantage. Optimize your profile to stand out for the right reasons.
You have a wealth of expertise at your disposal in your recruiter, and you can start working on these things right away. Use it to land your next career move with the Career Path Group.