Have you ever messaged a recruiter asking for a job? Many people have, unfortunately, it might be the worst thing you can do.
Would you ever ask someone you didn’t know if they would become your boyfriend or girlfriend? Unlikely. And according to Jenny, an executive coach here at Career Intelligence, you wouldn’t do the same when looking for a job.
In many ways she says, the job search is a lot like dating.
Those people who ask recruiters for job on LinkedIn get the same response to those people who go up to someone they have never met before and ask them to marry them
They get no response.
Recruiters have a particular workflow. They have positions they are looking to fill, but if you are approaching recruiter’s cold, and asking them for a job, that’s one sure way to guarantee you not being considered for the job.
A frequent mistake I see people making on LinkedIn is when people post a comment to a recruiter saying “My name is Bruce Lee and I am an IT professional with 12 years experience. Please review my profile.”
Why should they review your profile?
That’s not a rhetorical question either. What have you provided that would justify them viewing your profile? In most cases its nothing. So they usually don’t bother reviewing your profile.
It is essential to create value when approaching recruiters to justify a reason for them to look at your profile, and moreso, make them genuinely interested in viewing it.
So how do we do that?
If we go back to Jenny’s analogy, we need to think of it like dating. There needs to be some sort of structure, a strategy.
Start slow. Instead of proposing immediately, ask them out on a date. Or in job seeking language, get in touch with them seeking an opportunity to further the conversation.
You could introduce yourself, mention a bit about your history, your industry and do a bit of research on them as well. Or go down a different route. Maybe you have something in common with them. Maybe you went to the same university or saw them speak at a conference, which you thought they did very well at. You need to create enough interest and value to get them engaged and willing to speak.
After the initial conversation, it’s all about continuing to keep in touch, reminding them you’re there in the background. When the appropriate time is to ask them about jobs (not for jobs) can depend on how previous conversations have gone, but it will be mentioned eventually.
When you think about it, the recruiter will know you are potentially looking for a job when you get in contact with them – much the same as if you ask someone out on a date – but they might consider you more/remember you more if you develop some sort of rapport beforehand.
Every situation is different, and having someone to coach you through the process can be extremely helpful.
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