4 Unique Ways to Network With a Recruiter

4 Unique Ways to Network With a Recruiter

The advertised job market is a fickle place and with between 70% and 80% of all jobs unadvertised, it is essential to get yourself known by headhunters, recruiters and decision makers. Whilst cold-emailing is not such an effective method of contacting potential employers, there are a number of other highly valuable ways of connecting with these individuals. Here are 4 unique ways to network with a recruiter. 1. Identify the decision makers It is important to identify the decision maker(s) within the company or companies that you would like to work for. There are a number of ways of doing this; via a Google search, the company’s website, on LinkedIn or by contacting the company directly and asking. In some cases, the decision maker will not be anyone in the HR department, but an individual higher up the ranks with more control. Therefore, doing your research is key and could put you in direct contact with this individual. 2. Find “warm” leads A good way of connecting with key individuals is via a mutual friend or contact, (i.e. on LinkedIn) so ensuring that you have fully utilised your existing contacts is the first step. Sometimes, a friend of a friend can be the closest link to the person you want to reach, so connecting and engaging with them can be very advantageous. Therefore, whilst ensuring you have taken the time to understand your existing connections and how they may be able to help you in your hunt for the perfect job, it is important not to neglect the power of new connections. After all, new connections equal new opportunities – and this is

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explained in great detail by Mark S. Granovetter in his paper, “The Strength of Weak Ties”. 3. Introduce yourself Introducing yourself properly to others online is something that is often overlooked. Did you receive a personal message with the last connection request you received (or sent) on LinkedIn? The answer in many cases is “no”, and whilst you may have accepted the request there are many times when you may not due to a lack of understanding who the individual is. When connecting with new people it

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is important to include a personal message explaining, very briefly, who you are, why you’re connecting with the person and, in some instances, what you can do for them. If you’re connecting with a decision maker regarding a potential job then request to learn more about that job, or if there isn’t a specific job that you are aware of, request to learn more about the department that you would like to work for. By doing this you might gain a much better insight into the company, how they operate and what kind of a position might be available for you. Be sure to sign off all communications with a call to action. This might be your desire to have an informal interview, or as mentioned above, a wish to learn more about a job or department. But remember, do not jump in with a direct question such as “I’d love to have a job working at your company” or attach your CV to the first (or first couple of) emails. 4. Following up It is essential to be active with your job hunt and the networking process as a whole, so ensuring that you follow up on your communications is very important. Be sure to follow up after 1 – 2 weeks if you haven’t heard anything back. But fear not, done in the right way this will not look too desperate. If the decision maker is not in a position to engage with you or offer you a job then they will tell you, they’re adults after all. Finally, be sure to contribute something new to the conversation when following up. Tell the individual what you have been up to – if you have a blog then this is a perfect time to update them on a recent article of interest. Lastly, be friendly and avoid any kind of a desperate tone. If you found this post helpful we would appreciate it if you shared it with your connections, so please Tweet about it by clicking the button below! Click to Tweet Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter and our LinkedIn page by clicking on the buttons below! Follow us on Twitter Follow us on LinkedIn

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Emma

Emma is the Senior Relationship Manager at Career Intelligence. She is also the Agony Aunt for the Career Intelligence blog, helping with any questions or issues that expatriates moving abroad may have.

11 Comments

  1. akeem
    July 2, 2013 at 3:56 am

    I have receive several mails from career intelligence and to be frank I see them as inspiring and and motivating.please keep the good work.

    I am will to progress in my career I want to know steps or help career intelligence will offer to actualise my dream job.At present I reside in Qatar and which work in any of the gulf countries.

    I shall look for your soonest and possible reply.
    Your sincerely
    Akeem


  2. Samir Atalla
    July 2, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Great post again from you Emma. Good advise I think many of us are overlooking, we tend to just push that connect button on LinkedIn randomly without adding that important personal message and touch.


  3. saleh abdowaise
    July 11, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Great advice and guidance from Emma. Thank you Emma and keep it up


  4. ajuthankappan
    July 12, 2013 at 6:01 am

    how can I apply?


  5. hafidz muktar
    July 13, 2013 at 6:46 am

    sir,mam how can i apply and how to connect to recruiter


  6. Rami Alsheikh
    July 13, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Dear Emma Foster,

    Hi, how are you,

    I just want to let you know that from the time I Register on your Website still until know i didn’t had any call or interested mail asking me to send my CV or any Job offer even,

    Can you please see whats the Problem and try to help me.

    Thanks for you & Have a nice day.

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  7. Chaudhry rizwan Akram
    July 25, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Good learning. this will help enhancing the network.


  8. Jamie
    February 20, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Hi Akeem,

    Thank you for the kind words. The best thing to do is visit http://www.careerintelligence.com/contact/ and explain your job hunting issues in the comment box. Someone will be in touch with you ASAP to assist you.

    Many thanks,

    Jamie


  9. Jamie
    February 20, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Hi Rami,

    The best thing to do is visit http://www.careerintelligence.com/contact/ and explain your job hunting issues in the comment box. Someone will be in touch with you ASAP to assist you.

    Many thanks,

    Jamie


  10. Jamie
    February 20, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Hi Hafidz,

    The best thing to do is visit http://www.careerintelligence.com/contact/ and explain your job hunting issues in the comment box. Someone will be in touch with you ASAP to assist you.

    Many thanks,

    Jamie


  11. Jamie
    February 20, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Hi,

    The best thing to do is visit http://www.careerintelligence.com/contact/ and explain your job hunting issues in the comment box. Someone will be in touch with you ASAP to assist you.

    Many thanks,

    Jamie


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