Updated: Sep 12
The Recruiter Attraction Strategy: The game-changing strategy for hiring success
This strategy is a deliberate plan for how you will engage with recruiters in your industry. It's about proactively building relationships with recruiters rather than just reaching out when you need a job.
Everything about your career, every step you take in your job search as you seek to pivot to a new role as you climb the corporate ladder, must be intentional, well-planned, and well-informed.
Intentionality: Your career moves and job search efforts should be purposeful and well thought out. Instead of approaching your career haphazardly, having a strategy ensures that your actions align with your long-term goals.
Planning: Effective planning involves setting clear objectives, identifying the steps you need to take, and allocating resources (time, effort, and sometimes money) to achieve your career goals.
Informed Decision-Making: Being well-informed about the job market, industry trends, and the expectations of recruiters can help you make better career decisions. It ensures that your actions are based on data and knowledge rather than guesswork.
Without a strategy, you risk making mistakes that can lead to negative outcomes such as burnout, anxiety, feeling overwhelmed, and even depression. A well-thought-out plan can help mitigate these risks.
Many professionals mistakenly believe that recruiters are only valuable when they are actively job hunting.
That couldn’t be further from the truth!
To ensure a successful and resilient career path, it's essential to future-proof it. This involves continually improving your skills, engaging in continuous development, and expanding your professional network, including connections with recruiters.
The concept of future-proofing is that you insulate your career trajectory as much as possible, by upskilling, continuous development, and networking with other professionals in your industry, including recruiters.
This is especially important as you progress in your career, where there may be fewer opportunities at the top levels and increased competition for those positions.
Networking from the outset before you even need to start looking for a job is critical as you will have a solid network of executive recruiters, specialist in recruiting for management roles, etc., who you can then reach out to when needed.
Building relationships with recruiters is relevant and beneficial for individuals who are currently unemployed as well.
Just before you go!
A few things you need to know about recruiters:
Recruiters have demanding responsibilities. They are extremely dedicated and busy individuals who are tasked with serving both hiring managers and candidates. They act as intermediaries, striving to meet the needs and expectations of both parties. In this job climate, they are perhaps the busiest people on the planet, receiving hundreds of DMs on LinkedIn each and every day!
Recruiters (most of them) genuinely want to help you. But you need to clearly articulate how you need their help.
If a recruiter doesn’t get back to you (even after seeing your message) don’t assume the worst. Jumping to negative conclusions about recruiters based on their response time or lack thereof is not productive. Assuming the worst can create unnecessary stress and potentially harm your professional reputation.
Maintaining professionalism and patience when interacting with recruiters is essential. It reflects positively on your character and can leave a lasting impression, even if the immediate response isn't as prompt as you'd like.
Just like in any profession, there are both excellent and not-so-excellent recruiters. It's unfair to generalize and assume that all recruiters are the same based on the actions of a few.
If you haven't received a response, it's perfectly acceptable to send a polite follow-up message after a reasonable period. This demonstrates your continued interest in the opportunity and allows for clarification.
Publicly shaming recruiters on LinkedIn or any other platform is unprofessional and unlikely to yield positive results. It's better to address concerns privately or through appropriate channels.
With all that being said...
In summary, your career journey should involve a well-defined strategy that encompasses intentional planning, continuous learning, and proactive engagement with recruiters. This approach can help you achieve your career goals more effectively and avoid the negative consequences of a haphazard job search.
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