By Caroline Macharia
Recruiters are often busy, when they are not in the interview room, you will find them sifting through thousands of CVs trying to find a candidate who stands out for a specific role.
When the right candidate is not forthcoming, they spend an even bigger share of their time headhunting candidates and interesting them for a role in their recruitment to-do list.
Amidst all this, grabbing their attention may seem like an uphill task. The traditional cold calling or even showing up at the recruiters’ offices without an appointment is also not the best idea.
Despite all this, they still remain the gatekeepers that will either grant or deny you access to your next big job.
So, is there a way you can grab their attention to ensure that they open the gates and usher you into that job you have been praying for?
I want to assert that it is actually possible to grab their attention.
Here are some tips to grab a recruiter’s attention and have them give you a job
1.Build a relationship first, hand in your CV Second
We all have that one “friend” who calls us only when they need something from you. Often, these type of friend knows little or nothing about what is going on in your life.
Guess what, when you walk up to a recruiter say in a networking event or career talks and immediately ask to hand them your CV without the slightest attempt to find out who they are, their interests, how you could add value to their recruitment process—you are not very different from the friend that only calls you when they need something.
Before handing your CV to a recruiter, take time to find out who they are, build that relationship as you endeavor to add value to what they do.
Secondly, when you hand in your CV, hand in a professionally written CV that clearly brings out who you are.
2. Make them read your emails with catchy subject lines
Recruiters receive hundreds of emails on a daily basis. The subject line is a determinant as to which one gets read and which one gets tagged as to be read later. Needless to say, some escape their attention as more priorities demand their attention.
A subject line like, “I have done my research, I am the Candidate you are looking for” will definitely catch the attention of any recruiter, says Muthoni-Head of Recruitment at Corporate Staffing Services.
You need to go a step further and demonstrate to the recruiter the reason why you are actually the best candidate. Using a catchy subject line without backing up your claim is highly likely to backfire on you so ensure you can support your claim.
It is important to also note that this tactic will only work when you have a hold of their personal email addresses. If you are writing to them in response to a specific advertised role, stick to tip number three below.
3. Follow their job application instructions to the letter
Recruiters will constantly advertise job vacancies in their company websites, social media sites and affiliated job aggregation sites such as www.careerpoint.co.ke .
These job adverts usually contain strict application instructions that need to be followed to the letter.
A good example of such instructions is the subject title to be used when sending in your application for a specific job.
General Job application email addresses receive thousands of emails and the recruiters use the specified email subject to search for applications for that role.
Using a different email subject means that your application will not be found in the search and no matter how qualified or experienced you are for the job, the recruiter will not see your application and you may never get to hear from them.
Send your CV and application letter as an attachment. Copy pasting your CV in the email body is not acceptable.
4.Make their work easier-Do your homework
Many professionals are guilty of handing in their CVs and tasking the recruiter to match their qualifications with the available openings.
If you want to grab the attention of a recruiter, do your homework and make their work easier. Available positions are always advertised for on their websites and social media pages.
Since you know your abilities and qualifications better than they do, they will pay more attention to you if you apply for positions that best match your skills and qualifications.
5.Follow up with reasons for them remember you
Due to the nature of their work, recruiters meet very many people with the larger majority wanting them to help with job placement.
It is important that you give them a reason for them to remember you. Being a job seeker is not ample reason, why they should recommend you for a job opening is the reason you need to give them.
Just because they do not have a position for you at the moment does not mean that one will not present itself, help them remember you by standing out among other candidates.
This can be by demonstrating the value you will add to their clients if given a chance.
In conclusion, contrary to popular belief, recruiters will appreciate and respect genuine efforts towards seeking their help in finding a job. You just need to be strategic and demonstrate value in what you do.
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