Impressing a recruiter is the first step to getting your dream job. If you can’t get a recruiter’s attention, your chance will be over before it begins. What recruiters want in a candidate is often a mystery to job seekers, but it doesn’t have to be. Get an edge over the competition with a few tips from a recruiter himself.
Powerful Cover Letters
Your curriculum vitae (CV) is incredibly important during the screening process, but many recruiters won’t even open it if you don’t include a compelling cover letter with your submission. A cover note in a friendly tone addressed to the recruiter by name separates you from the pack, increasing the odds that the recruiter will read your CV. Include a brief summary of your skills and experience in your cover letter, and explain why you’re worth the recruiter’s time.
Focus on the Recruiter’s Needs
Look at the recruiting process as a problem that needs a solution. The recruiter has a problem: He or she needs to find talent for clients. The recruiter looks for a solution in the shape of a promising candidate. Be that solution. Tailor your efforts with the mindset that you need to prove your value to the recruiter. Focus on the recruiter’s challenges and needs, and prove that your credentials can provide the perfect solution. Focusing on their needs instead of your own will make a positive impression.
Attention to Detail
More than anything, recruiters want to see candidates make an honest effort. Presentation is key to convincing a recruiter you’re right for a client. Take time to look presentable before you meet a recruiter in person and work on your communication skills. Recruiters will only take you seriously if they can easily imagine you working for their clients. If you’re ready to impress a real recruiter, contact JSK Recruiting today.