Cover Letters – Do I Need One?

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You may be wondering if you need a cover letter to compliment your resume when applying for jobs. Are you asking yourself “What difference will it make or can it make?” Let’s discuss when you should send a cover letter and why.

Essentially we should be sending a cover letter along with our resumes to hiring managers unless they specifically say otherwise. Here are the two main reasons:

  1. You can speak directly to your specific qualifications and why these make you the best candidate for the job. Your cover letter allows you to tell employers “who you are” and align your experience and career with their business needs.
  2. The cover letter is used to send a targeted message specific to each job/career for which you are applying.

It is possible to find numerous examples of how to write a cover letter and what the best formatting options are. However, when you work with our professional resume writers you will get the benefit of experience, past client feedback, and current formatting to optimize the ROI. In addition, it can be a struggle to capture who you are on paper. This is why it helps to have a professional writer head the effort.

The window of opportunity to make a strong first impression can be a narrow one. This is especially true when the job market is flooded. The higher the volume of job seekers the more challenging it is to grab the attention of hiring managers. Once you have their attention your cover letter needs to be strong enough to hold it.

Knowing what to put in your cover letter is important, however, knowing what not to add is just as important. In a blog written by Joe Matar titled, 6 Things Your Cover Letter Should Never Say (But Probably Does)

The author talks about the need for your cover letter to be concise. The cover letter is your opportunity to fashion a direct message to the company. Joe Matar explains that saying “a skills and experience section” will not have as much impact compared to telling the story of your career and the value you bring. The same goes for this statement: “I want to work in this industry”. It does not show the employer your passion for their particular company. You want the hiring manager to know you are ready to invest yourself into the very specific needs of their business. Read more of what Joe Matar has to say on this here.

It is also important that you choose the appropriate letter type as well. For example your letter will read differently if you are applying for a specific job posting or you are simply inquiring about job opportunities within that particular company. Hiring managers should not be left guessing about your goals via the cover letter.

Before you start applying for jobs, be sure to invest time in creating a professional cover letter. Make the cover letter concise and direct. This document is an invaluable tool in ushering you through to the interview process in your job search. Use this opportunity to show future employers who you are, and why they need you on their team.


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AI/Machine Learning- Trends in 2019

Let’s first make the distinction between AI and Machine Learning. A very basic explanation of the differences between the two is this: AI is what a machine “becomes” (artificially intelligent) once it has learned the data it has been given. Machine Learning is the process of teaching a machine (AI) to learn. Here is an article in Forbes, written by Nicole Martin, which explains this in more detail.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a part of everyday interactions. Anytime we hop on Google to perform a search we are interacting with AI technology. These interactions have been created through the process of teaching machines to respond to given criteria/data which the machine then, in turn, formulates educated (learned) responses to. Essentially the AI funnels the “exchange” through the best options available based on how the machine has been taught to employ/interpret the given data. And thus we have our daily interactions with AI via platforms like search engines, online marketing, etc.

The goal of AI is to simulate natural intelligence to solve complex problems and increase the chance of success. AI will try and find the most optimal solution. It will use machine learning to reflect on the outcomes and optimize decision making based on observing its surrounding environment.

-Nicole Martin

In her blog post, Isabella Andersen, she explains the various other ways in which we interact with AI

These are some of the main avenues with which we are directly influenced by AI, however, here are some broader applications and trends being reported in 2019. In his article for Forbes, Janakiram MSV lists five AI trends to watch for in 2019.

During 2018, we witnessed a dramatic rise in the platforms, tools, and applications based on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. These technologies not only impacted software and the Internet industry but also other verticals such as healthcare, legal, manufacturing, automobile and agriculture.
We will continue to see the advancement of ML and AI-related technologies in 2019 and beyond. Companies such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, IBM and Microsoft are investing in research and development of AI, which will benefit the ecosystem in bringing AI closer to consumers.


MSV, Janakiram: 5 Artificial Intelligence Trends To Watch Out for in 2019[Web log post]. Retrieved April 15, 2019, from
https://www.forbes.com/sites/janakirammsv/2018/12/09/5-artificial-intelligence-trends-to-watch-out-for-in-2019/#576460565618

Additional Reading:
https://www.cbinsights.com/research/ai-trends-2019/



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Hottest Careers in 2019

In our previous post, we talked about Software Engineers/Developers. But here are some of the other popular jobs for 2019. According to www.usnews.com Software Developer is at the top of the list with projected jobs being 255,400 and a median salary of $101,790. Second, on their list is Statistician with projected jobs being 12,600 and a median salary of $84,060. The next fourteen jobs on the list are all in the health and medical industry. The top three being Physician Assistant, Dentist, and Nurse Anesthetist.

Career satisfaction is important. If you have not yet made your decision on what career you want to pursue take a look through this list and find out some important details. They measure critieria such as forecasted demand, salary range, and job satisfaction stats. Even if you are currently in one of these careers you may find this information useful for a lateral transition within your chosen industry.

You can compare a list posted by indeed.com on their blog, The Best Jobs in the U.S.: 2019

Number one on Indeed’s list for best jobs is Machine Learning Engineer. This is followed by Insurance Broker. Clearly, the tech industry is seeing the highest levels in popularity this year.
“For example, artificial intelligence (AI) is now part of many of the items we use every day, from cars to home sound systems. The number-one job on our list reflects this trend: machine learning engineer, up from spot number four last year. These engineers program machines to “learn” and apply intelligence, and the role recently topped Indeed’s list of jobs requiring AI skills. “

Additional Reading:


https://www.lifehack.org/articles/work/questions-help-you-choose-the-best-career.html

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Working with a Professional Resume Writer

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At Power Writers USA it is our job to help you stand out from the crowd. You may have wondered what you can expect from working with a Professional Resume Writer. Or perhaps you have questioned the benefit of hiring a professional writer to help with your resume. In this article, we will discuss the benefits and outline what you can expect when working with Power Writers USA.

First of all, it is important to look at your resume as an investment in your future. This document is going to be your initial point of contact with potential employers and we want to position you for instant impact when your resume lands in front of the employer or job recruiters.

Today’s job search methods are a bit different than what they used to be. With the ever-increasing drive for companies to streamline their hiring process, new software has been created to funnel prospective job applicants through a series of algorithms. This process is known as ATS which is short for Applicant Tracking System. In an article in SearchHRSoftware.techtarget.com they define what ATS is and why it is so useful through the hiring process:


An applicant tracking system (ATS) is software that manages the recruiting and hiring process, including job postings and job applications. It organizes and makes searchable information about job seekers. As its name implies, an ATS tracks candidates through the hiring process. It helps scheduling, issues notification alerts and sends automated emails to candidates. But these systems are far more than organizers.

An ATS is also used to cull candidates. It conducts a preliminary analysis of the applicants to find the best fits for a job. The goal is to speed HR’s review of job applications and resumes. It may look for keywords or use AI-type algorithms that run a deeper analysis of the job applicant.


applicant tracking system (ATS) [Web log post]. Retrieved March 25, 2019, from https://searchhrsoftware.techtarget.com/definition/applicant-tracking-system-ATS

Power Writers USA ensures that all resumes are written for ATS optimization. So you can rest assured that your resume makes it through all the rankings and algorithms and lands in front of the right people. To learn more about what ATS is and how it works read this helpful article found in, SearchHRSoftware.techtarget.com.

Another component of modern job searching is your LinkedIn Profile. Having a presence on LinkedIn keeps you dialed into the job market. Think of your LinkedIn profile as your personal advertising page. It provides you with an online space to highlight your education, career goals, and achievements. Power Writers USA understands the importance of a LinkedIn profile which is why one of the services we provide is LinkedIn Profile Optimization. It is important to note that your resume and LinkedIn Profile are meant to compliment each other. So keeping your LinkedIn profile updated with the information from your resume will help give prospective employers the most accurate and current information on your career history and goals. Your profile not only keeps you current but it also helps you streamline your job search because LinkedIn helps filter jobs based on keywords found in your profile.

In her article on Forbes.com Robin Ryan talks mentions one of the many beneficial elements of a LinkedIn Profile. She speaks to having recommendations on your profile:
“Recommendations are pure gold as they live forever on the profile”. You can read the full article here. So you can see how your LinkedIn Profile becomes a virtual extension of your hard copy resume. They are not carbon copies of one another rather they are used to complement one another.

Here is an example from linkedjetpack.com on what a good recommendation should look like and how beneficial it is for “selling yourself” to prospective employers:


“I rarely come across real talents who stand out like Peter. I had the pleasure of working with Peter for three years at the Big Corp, collaborating on several project teams. Peter’s ability to handle multiple projects was unlike any I’ve seen before and made a dramatic increase in the productivity level of our company. No matter how tense a meeting, Peter made sure everyone left with a smile. As a team member or a leader, Peter earns my highest recommendation.”

You can see how having a number of recommendations such as this on LinkedIn could potentially boost your appeal and put you ahead of your competition. Taking your raw data to formulate a streamlined and unique resume along with an optimized LinkedIn Profile is just two of the ways you will benefit from working with our Professional Resume Writers.

It is not uncommon for some to struggle with the ability to articulate who and what they are. Some of us find it very difficult to explain ourselves to others in a way that best highlights our achievements. All the elements are there for a strong resume but we need help compiling it into a cohesive format. Once all this data is collected and we have all our educational achievements and career accomplishments in front of us it can seem daunting to try and pull it all together while keeping in mind formatting and algorithms. This is where relying on a professional writer becomes invaluable.

It is not always easy to know exactly where we should be focusing our attention and efforts when it comes to our careers let alone job searching. Hiring a resume writer will help bring clarity to the various elements of your resume. Whether you are thinking about a career change or are looking to position yourself for advancement within your current job Power Writers USA has the knowledge and experience to craft an eye-catching resume for you.
Every resume written by Power Writers USA is custom made for each individual. As mentioned before the resume is also optimized for ATS.


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Job Trends in 2019

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This is a great article to read if you are interested in learning forcasted job trends for 2019. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions, we are here to help you!

Original article: https://www.techrepublic.com/article/5-job-trends-to-watch-in-2019/

The year 2018 put the spotlight on AI and workplace diversity, changing how the job market will run in 2019. Here are five shifts to keep an eye on.

With 2.27 million new roles added as of November, the year 2018 hosted a very strong job market, according to Glassdoor’s annual Job Market Trends report, released on Tuesday. Companies invested in artificial intelligence (AI) and workplace diversity in 2018, and these trends will continue to be develop in 2019, the report found.

SEE: Hiring Kit: Chief diversity officer (TechProResearch)

“After nine years of steady growth, 2018 saw one of the strongest job markets in a generation,” said Glassdoor Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain in a press release. “However, the world of work is forever changing. We’re witnessing a power shift as job seekers leverage their market position and employees make an impact with their voice. Plus, as technology matures, it’s changing how we work and the variety of jobs available.”

Here are the top five job market trends Glassdoor identified for 2019:

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1. Tech will change job search methods

Previous methods for hiring focused on job searches and applications using online job boards and email submissions. The year 2019, however, will build off of the AI developed in 2018, with machine learning-assisted job matching, according to the report. Rather than just aggregating job postings, sites will leverage machine learning technology and big data to generate job recommendations tailored to each candidate.

This way of hiring will prove beneficial for both candidates and employers, according to the report, by matching candidates with a job faster, and giving companies better quality applicants.

2. Focus on non-tech workers will increase

A trend that was already underway in 2018, tech companies will continue to hire more non-technical roles to develop their teams in 2019. Previously, tech companies and startups were focused on back-end development, hiring software engineers, data scientists, and developers to build organizations’ infrastructures. In 2019, the focus will be shifted to the front-end, with tech companies hiring account executives, project managers, operations managers, financial analysts, human resource representatives, and more. These jobs will help boost revenue and improve operations, the report found.

3. Job seekers and employers will face an economic recession

While the job economy was strong in 2018, the 2019 economy may be slowing down, according to the report. The odds of a full-blown recession in 2019 are low, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see one after another year.

4. The aging workforce will bring a talent shortage

There are currently more than 7 million job openings in the US, with not enough workers to occupy them, the report found. A big reason for this shortage is America’s aging workforce: The first wave of Baby Boomers reached retirement age in 2011, and millions more are expected to follow in the coming years. The result will be a smaller pool of experienced workers, and a complete overhaul of what American consumers will look like, according to the report.

5. Diversity will be supplemented with inclusion and belonging

While many companies highlighted and addressed gender and racial diversity in 2018, there is still a long way to go. While adding women and underrepresented groups to the payroll is a good start, in 2019 companies will place the focus more on making sure these people feel included.Inclusion and belonging is vital for a healthy corporate culture, the report found. Without these components, diversity programs will not succeed.

Whether it means making sure all employees are included in company events, are on the right track for a promotion, are represented for leadership, and more, organizations will be making inclusion a primary goal, according to the report.


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Resume Tips for New Grads

Resume Tips for New Grads

This article is intended to help new grads like yourself optimize the formatting and content of your resume in order to draw the attention of recruiters and hiring managers.  While this article covers some of the basics, there are entire books and workshops dedicated to a comprehensive approach on how to write a resume.  The following sections are in a suggested order of how your resume should flow and what type of content should be included.

Preface

Understand the jobs you are applying for.  Take the time to carefully read each post, possibly several times.  Write down striking keywords or phrases that you can relate your experience or education to so you can incorporate those into your resume.  The better you understand your target positions and what is required, before you start writing your resume, the easier it will be since you will have more of a focus.

Lose the objective

First off, it’s obvious that you want a job.  Replace the outdated objective with a powerful summary of your skills, qualifications, and relevant experience.  Let the reader know right off the handle why you are a good fit for the job.  Keep it action oriented.  Keep “I” out of it; readers also know that the resume is about you.  There is no need for you to take up precious content to remind them that. Include some power words that describe some of your personality characteristics such as Motivated or Results-Oriented.  Keep it short, sweet and to the point.

Core Competencies

Think about what innate or learned skills and abilities you have and how they relate to a job you are applying for.  What are you good at that relates to the position you are applying for?  Read back through the job postings and try to match your strengths with keywords.  List them out in their own section.

Highlight your education

Hopefully you paid attention in class and have something to show for it.  Capitalize on what you studied.  Highlight your education towards the top of the page, below your core competencies.  If you were involved with any academic related extracurricular programs, let it be known.  Unless a minimum GPA is required for a job or unless you have a stellar GPA, feel free to leave it off all together.  Instead, you may want to list out some classes or areas of study that are directly related to the type of position you are after.

Work Experience and Internships

It is really important that when you write this section of your resume that you want to convey the results of your work, not just a job description of the work you performed.  Nothing could be more boring.  Try to keep the content relevant to your target jobs.  There are different ways to format this section, we suggest writing a short paragraph to give some context to the reader and then bulleting some key experience or accomplishments.

Technical skills

Chances are that any job you are going to land will require you to use some form of technology or software.  List what software programs you know, including the ubiquitous Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).  In some cases, it may even be appropriate to list various social media.  Your technical skills can be listed out in a relatively short section.

Additional Qualifications

If you need to fill up some space, use this section to highlight some other key reasons you are a good fit for a job position.  You can include life experiences, other skills that may not have been listed in your core competencies.  Just make sure you keep it focused towards your target role

Formatting

If this is your first professional job out of college you should have a one-page resume.  It’s pretty much a given that if a hiring manager sees comic sans on a resume that it’s going in the trash. Use a grownup font such as: Times New Roman, Garamond, Cambria, or Calibri.  Also, these are standard fonts that will work on almost any device without having formatting compatibility issues.  Since you are a young professional and probably pretty light on content use a size 12 font, you can go bigger for section heading and certainly for your name in the header.  For additional formatting help you can find templates online for inspiration or use resume building software.

Best of luck!

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Can a Recruiter Resume Distribution Service Help Your Job Search?

Resume Distribution

The short answer to whether a recruiter resume distribution service can help you is, yes.  The idea behind the service is that your resume will be sent out to hundreds, if not thousands, of eager recruiters whose job it is to find you a new place to work.  They do a lot of the heavy lifting and you get callbacks for interviews.  But there is some strategy behind making the service work its best for you.  Here’s some key points to help you maximize the value and return of engaging with a resume distribution service.

Define your criteria

You will need to define certain criteria such as your target job positions, location, willingness to relocate, etc.  The clearer you are in your ability to define your career goal or idea job, the easier it will be for others to be able to find a match.  By being clear with your intentions it will avoid a lot of confusion and will save everyone, including you, a lot of time and energy.

Write a compelling letter to the recruiter

You will need to introduce yourself to the recruiter when your resume is distributed.  You can do this most effectively with a letter to the recruiter.  In this letter you need to convey a compelling reason why the recruiter should take their time to work with you and help find you a job, along with what key values you can offer a hiring organization. Your recruiter letter similar to a cover letter but doesn’t necessarily need to be as full of information; this is a high-level, introductory letter that gets the recruiter excited about learning more about you and to help you land a job.  Keep it short and sweet, and please, put your contact information on the letter!

Follow up for success

Depending on the service you use, you may be provided with a list of all the recruiters, or recruiting agencies, that your resume was sent to.  Start making calls!  Set a goal for yourself to call a certain number of recruiters each day.  This step is critical to making the right connections.  Start a dialogue with the recruiters you speak with, ask them questions, tell them your goals, and work with them to get to know you better.  This will serve you well.

With a clear trajectory, the right attitude, the willingness to put in your time and network with the recruiters you sent your resume to, you will find that a recruiter resume distribution service will be a useful service in your job search.  Your job search will be opened up to opportunities you hadn’t heard about, and your ability to land a fitting job in a shorter time-frame will be increased.  Best wishes!

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Job Searching is Marketing.  Do You Know How to Market Yourself?

Market Yourself

Job searching is not a passive activity, it requires energy, focus, time, the assistance of others, and in some cases, luck.  But if you think of yourself like a product, out there competing with other products who are motivated to be swept up by the right organization, you can increase your odds of lining up a great job.  Much like a tangible product in the real market, you, as a product, needs to be marketed in order to be consumed.  You need to market yourself.  Here are some pointers to help you improve your self-marketing abilities.

Know your self

Knowing yourself is critical to helping you define what you want to do by knowing what your strengths and weaknesses are.  A lot of job satisfaction and come from you being in an environment where you can perform well.  Knowing yourself also helps you define your value to a potential employer.  Taking the time to get in touch with your personality, strengths, successes, passions, etc., will help you to clarify your personal message to an employer.  You will have a more focused resume and you will be able to answer interview questions easier and more confidently.

Know your market

Now that you more about yourself, what you are good at, and what your strengths and weaknesses are, you will be able to more clearly define your job search and identify your target market.  Take the time to understand what a target employer is looking for in a new hire.  What are their organizational pains that you can alleviate?  How can your experience make a direct impact on their organization and their bottom line? Knowing who your audience is will help you understand how you can approach a potential employer and how you can relate your personal message to the employer in a way that will engage and excite them.

Have the right packaging

When you buy something at the store, do you pay attention to the packaging?  Whether you realize it or not, you do.  And it is very important.  As a jobseeker who is marketing themselves to potential employers, you want to make sure that you too have the right packaging.  Consider what is visibly apparent to an employer, or even a recruiter; namely your resume and your online presence (LinkedIn Profile, Facebook, etc.).   Take the time to refine your resume, or work with a professional resume writer, to make sure you are dialed in.  Good resume writers will know what questions to ask to make sure you are including the right content, they also know how to optimally format your resume for visual appear and to help pass through ATS.  Many resume writers can help you with your LinkedIn profile as well;  check out our recent blog on that.  Bottom-line, make your resume and LinkedIn profile stand out as they will be your first impression.  Your interview will be your second first-impression if that makes sense.  So be ready for that as well!  Make sure you are well groomed and dressed appropriately for the position you are after.

Develop your people skills

Take the time to read some refresher articles on being a good communicator, and how to listen more effectively as it will pay off in your job search.  Communicating well with recruiters, networking associates, those you may conduct informational interviews with can help you get closer to that job you want.  Part of this process is knowing how to talk about yourself so make sure you take the time to know yourself first.

Know how to interview

Marketing yourself doesn’t stop once you’ve gotten a callback for an interview.  This is where you need to really shine to get an edge over your jobseeking competition.  But do you know how to interview?  We’ve written several blogs on the matter including 5 Ways to Woo Hiring Managers During The Interview Process and 7 Steps to Prepare for Your Job Interview in addition to the information we provide there is a plethora of books, videos, blogs and seminars available out there.  We also offer interview coaching for those looking for some personal feedback.  A few keys are to really understand the position you are interviewing for, being prepared, and listening well.

Be Proactive

This is a pretty obvious point but is often overlooked.  You must take charge of your job search and be active with it if you truly desire to make a positive change in your career.  It’s been said that luck rewards the hard working, and we feel this is true.  Send emails, make connections, pick up the phone and get yourself out there.  Going back to the analogy of you being a product, your activity can be the difference between you as an item that sits on a shelf waiting too long for someone to find it or being an item on an end-cap with high visibility that is sure to catch people’s attention.

Make a plan

This last point is very important.  Take the time to make a plan.  We are all busy people and making a plan can give our job search focus and can help us realize our progress.  Decide what your end goal is and how much time you can dedicate each day or week to reaching your goal.  Set a schedule for working on your resume, contacting recruiters, sending out job applications, and practicing your interview skills.  Work with Define your progress by blocks of time (30 minutes a day), or by units (2 applications a week) etc.  Keep a visual calendar and mark off each goal of your plan or each day that you make progress, it is encouraging and will push you closer towards getting the results you deserve.

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How to Network Your Way to a Job

Networking for a new job

Taking the time to learn how to network effectively is worth the investment.  You will be able to apply your networking skills towards meeting others to develop meaningful business and personal relationships which can lead to new job opportunities and even financial gain.  This article covers some of the basics of how to network your way to a new job.    

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Networking needs to be done consistently throughout a career, but that’s not always feasible in a world of 70-hour workweeks and family commitments. To jumpstart a network that’s out-of-date, start by asking those former colleagues who you have stayed in touch with for the contact information you need.

If that’s not an option, try searching social- and business-networking sites such as LinkedIn and Plaxo to find old connections. Personalize network-invitation requests with a memory the two of you shared or a reminder of who you are. Once you’ve re-established your relationship, you can also view the friends of your connections, and request an introduction to people at companies that interest you.

Next, arrange in-person meetings with these people to build stronger ties. Be mindful of your contact’s time; you might not be the only one asking for help. Ask for 10 minutes to chat, or offer to catch up over coffee or lunch.

If you’ve exhausted your efforts to find people or need to start from scratch, professional associations are a good place to begin. Associations give you access to other professionals who may work for or have contacts within companies you want to join.

Join trade groups in your niche and then look for events they’re hosting that you can attend. These offer the opportunity to network with people who speak your industry language. If you’ve been in a more senior executive position, consider volunteering to speak at industry and trade conferences or offer to serve on committees for professional associations. These are also ideal ways to meet people.

Alumni associations offer another way to make professional connections. Contact your alma mater’s alumni-relations office to gain access to its online member database, which might allow you to search for old friends by name, class or even employer.

Informal networking can also help. If you find yourself standing in line at the bank or grocery store, strike up a conversation with the person behind you. The results may surprise you.

And remember, networking works both ways. Always offer to return any favors your contacts provide and be sure to contact them even at times when you don’t need their support.

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Thinking About Working With a Job Recruiter?

Recruit me!

A job recruiter can be a powerful ally when it comes to you finding the right job.  But don’t mistake a recruiter for a career coach who will give you strategic guidance and a greater clarity of purpose for your career.  Recruiters are in business to get people hired. 

Recruiters typically work in 2 capacities, Internal and External.   Internal recruiters, also known as “corporate” recruiters, work inside the employer’s organization and usually collect a paycheck (salary) from the employer who has the jobs open.

Their office will typically be on the employer’s premises, and their email and phone will typically be part of the employer’s email and phone system. So, their email will probably be Jane.Doe@[employer] or possibly HR@[employer], recruiting@[employer], or something similar. To reach them by phone, you may call the employer’s main number and then ask for their extension, or you may call them directly.

External recruitersalso known as “independent” recruiters, do not receive a paycheck from the employer who has the open jobs. They work for someone else, a recruiting firm or agency, which issues their paychecks. Some, of course, work for themselves. None are on the payroll of the employer with the open jobs.

How to Work with Internal Recruiters

Very carefully. They are not “on your side” in this process. No matter how friendly, they are not your friend (yet). Always present your “best” self to them. Do not confide in them, or ask them to do you any favors. Be professional and business-like in all your communications with them. Wear your interview outfit if you are invited in for a meeting with them.

Typically, they are your official contact for the process. So, when you have questions or concerns, you are usually advised to contact the recruiter. Be careful not to abuse this contact function because it can have a negative impact on your opportunity with that employer. Do you best to avoid the “difficult-to-work-with” label, because that will greatly reduce (if not eliminate) your opportunities inside that organization.

How to Work with External Recruiters

The best part about working with an external recruiter is that you both usually have the same goal — getting you placed with the employer. Again, don’t tell them your deepest secrets, but do be honest with them about your interests and experience. If you have gaps or other issues, they may be able to help you strategize a way to present yourself in the best light.

Don’t expect them to help you figure out what you want to do, but do expect them to provide you with some insight into what is going on inside the employer’s organization – what the “hot” issues are, who are apt to be your allies in the hiring process, and who the real decision makers are.

After you have been in for an interview, they may be your primary source of information on what is going on “behind the curtain” during the often extended hiring process. Try very hard not to drive them crazy with daily calls, but do stay in touch.

If you land a job through an external recruiter, be sure to send them a thank you. A good relationship with an external recruiter can be an asset to your career for many years. Connect with them on LinkedIn. Send cards during the holidays. Refer top performers you know to these external recruiters to strengthen your relationship with them and help them to remember you with positive feelings.

Connect with Recruiters

Most external recruiters, and many internal recruiters, are open to LinkedIn connection invitations. Being connected to as many people as possible in LinkedIn is an advantage to them because it enables them to do a substantial amount of research in LinkedIn without paying the extra fee LinkedIn likes to collect from recruiters.

Recruiters often use LinkedIn Groups to find, connect with, and monitor good potential candidates, so join the professional and industry associations appropriate for your career. (Huffington Post).

When it comes to your job search you will probably want to exhaust your resources to give yourself the greatest opportunities.  Working with a recruiter may be a good way to do that.

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