Recruiters spend their entire workdays talking to job applicants. They see many great candidates and a lot of. . .not so good applications. There are some triggers that can lead to an automatic “no,” as well as some signs recruiters look for that give them a good feeling about an applicant. Naturally, there are a few tips they wish all of their applicants knew!
First impressions matter: you make yours before you even speak.
Here is a five-word horror story: Recruiters check your social media. Social media is casual—that is good! It can be a way for a recruiter to better understand your personality outside of your professional resume and qualifications. Things can get horror-worthy if you post inappropriate content on social media—hateful speech, badmouthing others, or over-sharing personal details. While most of your social media does not need to be “professional,” it should be presentable. Don’t post anything you would be embarrassed to see on a public billboard—recruiters will see it. If they get a bad feeling from your socials, it can be difficult to dig yourself out of that hole.
While you are cleaning up your social media, you might as well get rid of all the buzzwords in your resume and interview notes—recruiters see right through them. Many of these words are either already expected by employers, or they do not actually say much about you. Instead of telling a recruiter you are “results-oriented” (or another buzzword), show them through tangible examples. Read about how to write a stand-out resume here!
Showing your interest goes a long way.
Be sure to do your research about the company before you interview. While a recruiter may tell you some information about the company when they initially connect you with the position, it is important that you investigate the company for yourself before the interview. Use information about the company and position to show your interest in them. Be clear about your needs and expectations while also communicating what about the position excites you.
Recruiters are there to advocate, not negotiate.
Working with a recruiter can lead to a great partnership. When things go well, this relationship benefits everyone involved. While this is great, it is important to remember that recruiters are there to initially present your resume, give their reasons why you would be a good fit, and then introduce you. They are there to support you, but they will not be holding your hand, negotiating your salary or benefits for you without you lifting a finger. You MUST ask if you want higher pay or better benefits—recruiters cannot request better pay, etc., for you unless you come back with a counter-suggestion. They want to see you thrive, but you need to want it enough to ask!
Knowing these things and taking them into account can set you apart from other candidates. Looking for a new position? Check out our openings here.