Are you looking for a new job right now? If so, you aren't alone.
The unemployment rate may be relatively low, but there are still plenty of people looking for work. It's estimated that a whopping 33% of college graduates between the ages of 22 and 65 are underemployed.
Scores of people are on the job hunt right now, and you'll need to do a lot to get noticed in this over-crowded job market.
Luckily, there's a simple way for you to find a new job and make the career moves you want, fast.
Recruiters could be the key to finally ending your job hunt, and we're going to tell you what you need to know to find the right one.
Why People Love Recruiters
When most people think about recruiters, they envision people that are hired to fill C-level positions. But the truth is that plenty of recruiters work to fill a variety of roles on all employment levels.
It's common for companies to outsource some of their hiring work to recruiters. Many like the special attention recruiters can give potential applicants and are happy to take hiring duties off their plate.
In some cases, certain companies won't publicly advertise certain positions. They leave it up to recruiters to seek out potentially qualified applicants.
This arrangement doesn't just benefit the company, it can help the average job seeker. You'll be able to apply for jobs that aren't available to the general public and have the first crack at great opportunities.
Tips For Attracting Recruiters
Recruiters are always looking for fresh talent, but they have a lot of people trying to get their attention. Recruiters can help you find your dream job, but you'll need to find them first, and stand out when you meet.
Want to know how to get a recruiter interested in you? If you follow these tips, you'll find great recruiters in no time.
Create A Unique Resume
Resumes are essential for anyone looking for a job. It's important to spend time updating your resume before you start the job hunt, but if you really want to make an impression on recruiters, get creative with your resume update.
Always be sure to have a "standard" properly formatted resume on hand, but take a little time to do a different version of your resume that's a little more unique.
If you have a little bit of design experience, consider making your resume into an infographic. Marketers love to use infographics to communicate information in an interesting way, and you can use it to stand out to recruiters.
Others have taken time to make a video resume. If you choose to go down this route, treat it like a video shoot. Make sure that you have proper lighting and sound, and shoot it in the highest quality.
Think about how to make a creative resume that goes along with your industry. If you're an accountant, make your resume into an expense spreadsheet. If you're a vet, include pictures of you with some of your patients.
Go Beyond Job Duties
One of the biggest mistakes people make with recruiters is to send a standard resume that lists job duties. Employers and recruiters aren't going to interested in candidates that did the bare minimum at their jobs.
Resumes that get noticed aren't a list of job duties. The resumes that get recruiters excited do a good job of showing what people have accomplished at work.
A list of duties can't tell you much about how good someone is at their job. Recruiters will want examples of what you achieved when you were at work.
Don't worry, you don't have to have won multiple prestigious awards or be in charge of dozens of people to show your success. Simply take time to think about projects you've worked on, and what you achieved at work.
Instead of writing that you handled sales, highlight the time you brought in a 7 figure contract. Talk about the client connections you've made, and be sure to mention any "ins" you have with certain companies.
Don't simply mention that you managed a department of five people. Mention that you had to create a workflow for your department that helped people better manage their day to day tasks.
Show, Don't Tell
When you say that you're a "passionate worker", what do you do that backs that claim up?
Nearly every job seeker will call themselves "passionate", "motivated", or "creative". If you want to attract recruiters and get a new job, you need to show them how you embody the qualities you mention.
This ties into our previous tip of talking about your achievements. Making it a point to highlight what you've done at work can show recruiters that you truly are as "passionate" as you say you are.
When you mention that you're a hard worker, talk about how you're always the first one to show up to work and the last one to leave. Talk about the overtime you've worked and the projects you've taken on.
Instead of saying that you're a creative person, but together a robust portfolio that shows off your best work. Mention personal projects you're working on, and consider talking about a few creative ideas you have for the company recruiters are representing.
Write A Cover Letter
Cover letters aren't just for job applications anymore. Writing a powerful cover letter can help you attract the right recruiters and make you stand out from the competition.
Think of your cover letter as a one-page description of your achievements. It should be well written, engaging, and give anyone reading it a clear vision of your talents.
You may be writing a cover letter because you're reaching out to a recruiter that works for a company you're interested in, but don't make the mistake of making your cover letter all about the company.
It isn't uncommon for recruiters to represent multiple companies. Highlighting your expertise in a certain industry or on different topics could help keep you top of mind for other roles the recruiter could be looking to fill.
Improve Your LinkedIn Profile
LinkedIn is one of the best platforms for job seekers. It doesn't just allow you to make connections and apply for jobs, it's also a popular platform for recruiters.
Simply having a LinkedIn profile isn't enough to get noticed. Spend time completely filling out your profile, and enter in important keywords that recruiters will be looking for.
Take time to research what the most sought-after skills are in your industry, and make sure that you have them listed in your profile. You may want to scan current job ads so you can see what employers are looking for.
After you've thoroughly listed your skills and job experience, spend a little time making your profile look nice.
Choose a nice picture of yourself for your profile. Photos matter to recruiters, and it helps your profile stand out in search results.
Make sure to pick an appropriate picture for your profile. Save pictures of you at parties or holding alcohol for Instagram and Facebook. A professional headshot works best, but a high-quality picture that clearly shows your face is enough.
Once you have your profile picture, choose a background photo. Having a background photo adds a nice touch to your profile and helps it look more complete.
If you want to go the extra mile, make a custom URL for LinkedIn. Having a shorter URL can make your link more shareable, and it can make it easier for recruiters to remember your profile.
Be Ready To Network
Networking is essential for anybody looking for a new job. Going to certain industry events or job fairs can get you in touch with potential employers, and it can help you find interested recruiters.
Be on the lookout for professional events near you. Sites like Meet Up can help you find established groups for people in your industry. Also be sure to do searches for events on Facebook and other social sites.
When you go to a networking event, be ready to shake hands and strike up a conversation. Look friendly and act approachable, and be sure to have plenty of professional business cards on hand to give out.
Remember that networking doesn't always have to take place in person. The internet has made it easy to make connections from the comfort of your own home.
We just mentioned the importance of LinkedIn. Aside from being a great platform for finding recruiters, it's also a powerful networking tool.
Join LinkedIn groups you're interested in and connect with members. Post and share your own content, and be sure to leave comments on relevant articles.
Now that you know how to stand out to recruiters, it's time to look for other ways to improve your job search.
Check out our post on unusual job search hacks so you can improve your chances of getting hired.
Since you'll be going on interviews soon, now would be a good time to improve your public speaking skills. Our post on public speaking can help you hone your skills so you'll be confident during your next interview.
If you're looking for more job search tips, be sure to read our blog for more helpful content.