Take these steps to get recruiters to notice you
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- Job seekers get very hurt when recruiters don't return their phone calls, but why would they return your phone calls when you're not paying them? But all isn't lost if you're currently job hunting and want to get recruiters' attention. Here are short steps you can take to reach out to recruiters and headhunters in your industry.
1 ) Learn how recruiters work. You'll find two types of recruiters: contingency and retained. Contingency recruiters earn fees after a client company hires a candidate they refer. Retained recruiters are paid a retainer in advance to conduct a search. 2) Find the right targets. Locate headhunters who specialize in your industry. Check your local library for directories that list recruiting firms by type, industry, job function or region. 3) Get and give referrals. You should ask your network and colleagues in your industry for referrals to recruiters. Then, place calls to those individuals and mention your mutual contact.
4) Don't be a wallflower. Join professional societies, attending conferences and tell colleagues confidentially that you're open to speaking with recruiters. 5) Prepare a 30-second commercial or elevator pitch. When you call a recruiter, describe who you are, what you do and what you're looking for. Then listen and allow the recruiter to let you know if he or she can market you effectively. 6 ) Be candid about your experience and compensation. Once you're under consideration for an assignment, recruiters will investigate your background to make sure it's squeaky-clean before presenting you to a client company.