Finding qualified candidates and getting responses to their outreaches are the top two challenges for search firm recruiters, according to a recent ExecuNet survey.
Corporate recruiters agree that finding the right candidates is a challenge, even with how the market has been. For them, finding candidates who fit their corporate culture and are a match with salary expectations can be a challenge.
As the candidate, it’s incumbent upon them to research the company and match their skills to the company’s needs in very specific terms. Connect the dots for the recruiter so it’s clear how you can serve the client company.
Instead of applying for jobs where they don’t really have all the qualifications in the hopes that they’ll attract a recruiter’s attention for something else, executives would be better off putting their energy into trying to build relationships with recruiters and networking with people who can refer them to the right recruiter. In fact, if they’re not a fit for the job themselves, executives who can provide a referral will be appreciated and put themselves in a good position to be considered for future opportunities. There’s nothing more precious to recruiters than their network, so if you are someone who feeds them quality candidates, they will value you and want to help you.
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