- Groundwork -
responding to recruiters
by fergus mellon
If you are lucky enough to get contacted directly by recruiters, respond professionally. While some people take the view that recruiters are really just sales people casting around for anyone to fill a particular job opening, don’t fall into this trap.
Recruiters (well the good ones anyway!) have to find candidates that a hiring manager (the professional who has an opening on the team) will find acceptable to him or her. This means that the recruiters will want to find good and credible candidates for members of the hiring team to evaluate.
This means if a recruiter reaches out to you, you are lucky.
If you do not have a job, be sure to respond efficiently and professionally. If you agree to an interview time, be sure to keep the appointment and be prepared for the conversation. You have one chance to impress.
If you have a job and you don't want to discuss the opportunity, this doesn't mean you should just ignore the email. Instead have a think about whether there are friends of yours who would be suitable for the position. This will benefit you in at least two ways (and yet only take three minutes of your time!).
1) Your friends will know that you are looking out for them and so could help you later on in your career.
2) The recruiter will think you are someone who has a good network and have helped them so when the time comes for you to get another role, they are likely going to help you. You may also get a referral bonus too!
It's really simple at its core. All you need to do in responding to recruiters is to be professional!
Next Section: The Job Interview
Visiting these pages because you've been to a number of interviews and not yet got a job? Don't worry. Or if you're worrying know that it's common for a job search to take months and not days. Here are some related columns on keeping motivated and dealing with the stress of it all:
Keeping Positive During Your Job Search
Dealing With Rejection and Feedback
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