How to Be Wanted by Recruiters

By: Together Abroad 11-09-2018 3:32 PM
Categories: * Daily employment news, * Personal Branding, ** HR Trends in Recruitment,

In the stressful business of applying for jobs, recruiters are often the primary gateway to getting the position. Winning them over has many elements, and each one takes some unpacking before you have a strategy that will work. A good CV is an essential part of that strategy, but it is not the only one. Your personal brand, your education, your work experience and even your values all factor into how recruiters view you as a potential candidate.

Recruiters are people too. They are there to find candidates for jobs, not jobs for candidates. This distinction means recruiters are put under pressure to deliver high-quality candidates for their clients. Their credibility rests essentially on being very selective, as their choice should be worth the risk of putting the relationship between client and recruiter on the line.

All this means recruiters are looking for particular skills or industry experience that a business does not have the resources to find on its own. Which, in turn, means that appealing to recruiters requires paying attention to the following criteria. These include, but are not limited to, specific industry experience, current and demonstrated technical and/or other relevant skills, a degree or qualification relevant to the position, a willingness to commute within a reasonable distance of the company, as well as a willingness to accept a salary offer within the range the client company has specified.

Specifics, however, are only half the story. There is also the subjective aspect, known as having the ‘right chemistry.’ It normally boils down to a ‘gut feeling’ by the recruiter. To give a good impression of yourself, align your goals and values with those of the recruiter, as this will automatically translate to the goals and values of the company the recruiter represents. The best way to do this is to contact your recruiter directly. Building a personal relationship will improve your standing in the eyes of the recruiter, and thus your chances of being referred for the position.

Your CV usually is your first ‘foot in the door.’ Having all the relevant details for the position you are applying for at the top is vital, as it is naturally where recruiters look first. Here you should make your talent and experience the main event. For each specific job position, you should think about which elements of your personal brand are most relevant to the role. For example, as a recent graduate, you might benefit in placing your education at the top, together with a summary of your grades. If you are looking for a more experienced position, work experience and relevant skills should take priority instead. A good, well written and clear CV is a showpiece of your talent.

There is no magic formula for getting recruiters to notice you. It ultimately depends on the person. However, if you pay attention to the above suggestions, you will rapidly improve your chances. The key is to keepng your applications job-specific and to be selective with the set of skills and work experience you provide, as recruiters value brevity. Together with an excellent personal brand and personality, you will eventually get recruiters on your side.

Written by Adam Watson for Together Abroad

This article is restricted. You have to be logged in to be able to add further reactions.

Our Career programs assist you to Get hired

For an expat moving to the Netherlands, getting the right direction is very important. It's important that one knows which steps and direction to take. Linda is an exceptionally talent counselor, her advice has helped me land a job within a week of coming to the Netherlands. I am grateful for her mentoring and look forward to a great working relationship in the future.

Dr. Hrishiraj S | Clinical Research & Affairs Manager

Together Abroad provided expert advice on personal branding including developing a top-notch, market-aware CV, highly tailored job applications, and approach strategies with potential employers in the Netherlands. Furthermore, I found them be highly knowledgeable in key related fields such as recruitment strategy, immigration law, contracts, labor agreements, and (un)employment benefits. I would recommend Together Abroad to anyone who needs professional help with transitioning to a new career.

A. Aboufirass | Structural Engeer

Linda is a big mind. She thinks about things that the rest normally overlook. The insight she has about the dutch job market can only be achieved through years of experience and persistence.

Her business savvy is complemented by her mastery of understanding the client's needs and requirements. For my career I could say, she was the “Mary Poppins”, who guided me through thick and thin and helped me to land a career in the Netherlands

S. Bhattacharjee | FP&A Manager

If you are going to enlist the services of a "Career Coach" look no further. The only person you want in your corner is Linda van Orsouw. As an expat, you absolutely want to work with a highly skilled and knowledgeable professional who knows their way around the Dutch career/employment/job market. Linda assisted me in writing and positioning my CV, helped me organize and prioritize my list of opportunities, coached me through mock interviews and was there when I got offered a senior position only 2 months later. When asked I will only refer to Linda and "Togetherabroad".

Mr. C. Joubert
Lead Workplace Strategy Consultant 


New item