Reaching out to recruiters is a great way of networking and getting your name out there. Here's how you can do it right.
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For many people, reaching out to recruiters sounds intimidating. That doesn’t have to be the case anymore. Here are guidelines you can use to help you get it done effectively.
Don’t blindly go in sending messages to recruiters. That will not work out well. Take your time to investigate the company the recruiter works for. Look into the current job postings they are looking to fill. Don’t reach out if they are not in the same field of work as you. For example, if you are in the marketing field and go for a recruiter who is in accounting then chances are you won’t get a response.
2. Use professional platforms
There are various professional platforms you can use to reach out to the recruiter. Preferably you can use email or LinkedIn. When writing your message, ensure you are specific and brief as to why you are reaching out. They get a lot of requests and have a lot of job seekers to shortlist and it would help if you go straight to the point.
3. Good first impression
First impressions matter especially to recruiters. Be on your best behaviour. Learn to respect the recruiter’s time and use the right choice of words when speaking to them. Having a good reputation with them can really help you stand out from other applicants vying for the same position. Asking the right questions can indicate that you are eager to know more about the company culture and understand the position.
4. Virtual events
Thanks to technology you can attend virtual webinars or conferences. You can connect with recruiters through online community forums or company-sponsored webinars. It can be a great way for you to authentically introduce yourself and open the door to more career opportunities.
5. Stay connected
It’s always a smart move to stay in contact with a recruiter. Don’t wait till you are back in the job market searching to reach out months after you have connected. However, be wary not to bombard a recruiter with emails too often. Keep checking in once a month because you just never know when your dream job might be available for you.