What You Need to Know to Make Recruiters Part of Your Career Strategy

navigating-corporate-maze-Tracey WilenFollowing is an excerpt from excerpt from “Employed for Life“, by Tracey Wilen and Dr. Courtney L. Vien with Gary Daugenti

Technology has dramatically changed the way that companies hire and individuals conduct their job searches. Innovations in job search tools such as social networking sites, job search engines, resume and cover letter software, and online skill assessment tools have expanded the options that job seekers have to pursue openings. The technologies employers use to find candidates have evolved as well. Applicant tracking systems, online screening tools, digital testing, and sophisticated background checking services all help employers target the best talent.

And yet finding the right person for a high level job is still an extremely complex job—all the more so today, when companies can source talent from across the country and around the world. Plus, there are some intangible aspects of the talent search process that computers just can’t handle. This is where recruiters come in.

Most job seekers know all about networking, searching for open positions online, and posting their resumes to job boards. But there’s one way of finding a job that’s still a mystery to many: working with a recruiter. Many people don’t know how or whether to contact recruiters, or what to do if a recruiter gets in touch with them. Others approach recruiters the wrong way, which hurts their chances of finding a job through a recruiter.

To successfully work with recruiters, it helps to know a little bit about what their goals are and how they function. Below, I’ll explain how recruiters assess candidates, what to do if one contacts you, some best practices for working with recruiters, and some key mistakes to avoid.

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Tracey Wilen

Tracey Wilen

Dr. Tracey Wilen is a prominent thought leader on the impact of technology on society, work and careers. She’s been a scholar at Stanford University and has held leadership positions at Apple, HP, Cisco, and the Apollo Group. Dr. Wilen has authored 11 books including Women Lead: Career Perspectives from Workplace Leaders (2013); Society 3.0: How Technology Is Reshaping Education, Work, and Society (2012); Employed for Life; 21st Century Career Trends (2014).She has appeared on CNN, Fox and CBS news, in The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. She frequently contributes to The Huffington Post, the Examiner, and the Christian Science Monitor and is on radio shows across the US weekly as an expert guest. She is a global speaker on the impact of technology on work careers, and women’s leadership. She was honored by the San Francisco Business Times as a 2012 Most Influential Woman in Bay Area Business. www.traceywilen.com

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