Following 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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