Recruiters

5 Key Things Recruiters Want to Hear

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By the time you find yourself in front of a recruiter, they already know you’re serious about finding a job that’s a better fit and have a clear idea of your skills and accomplishments. That’s all well and good, but what can you say to keep them in your corner—not just during your current job search, but over the course of your career? There’s no one thing. Recruiters want to hear about “passion” and “enthusiasm,” but they also want to… continue…

10 Questions to Ask a Recruiter Before You Sign On

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Recruiters can be a big help when you’re looking for a job. They’re an excellent source of market intelligence and the experts who know how to get your resume in front of elusive hiring managers. But with dozens of them to choose from, how can you tell which recruiter is right for you? The short answer is by learning as much about them as you can. To start, ask these questions early on. What’s your niche or specialty? IT recruiters… continue…

5 Sure Ways to Annoy a Tech Recruiter

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Getting the most out of recruiters is about more than crafting a targeted resume or having the perfect pitch. It’s about avoiding the gaffes they see every day, too. So, to help make sure your phone calls get returned and your name stays high on their list, here are five of recruiters’ top pet peeves—some subtle and some obvious—you should take pains to avoid. 1. The Fudged Resume Don’t send a resume that’s rife with misspellings or you may never… continue…

How to Make Yourself Poachable

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There are few things more flattering than getting an unsolicited call from a recruiter. Not only does it affirm your reputation—not to mention your skills—it’s likely to put you in a strong negotiating position when the time comes to respond to a job offer. But if you’re not getting those calls, there’s a chance you’re doing too good a job of keeping yourself to yourself. People get poached for a number of reasons, and pure skill is only one of… continue…

How to Approach Impossible Job Postings

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How many times have you seen a job posting that made you wonder what planet the employer was living on? You know, an ad that features an impossible mix of skills and experience like, say, a requirement for 10 years of iOS development work? Navigating such postings is frustrating, at best. And at a time when employers lament the lack of available tech talent, why are they writing such job descriptions to begin with? There can be a variety of… continue…

3 Ways to Get a Recruiter’s Attention

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Job hunters have a love-hate relationship with recruiters. On the one hand, a good recruiter can be the one who introduces you—and advocates for you–to the hiring manager, and coaches you on the best way to land a particular job. On the other, they can be distracted and non-responsive when they’re searching through a pile of resumes in search of the right candidates for their clients. So, how do you get their attention? We asked Matt Brosseau of Chicago staffing… continue…

How to Turn Around a ‘Bad’ Recruiter Call

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Tip of the Day We’ve all heard stories about the recruiter who calls with an opportunity that doesn’t line up with your skill set at all. The more you talk to them, the more you’re convinced they’ve barely glanced at your resume. How do you handle the situation? Be professional and turn it to your advantage. Remember that most recruiters–whether they’re prepared right now or not–can be good contacts for you down the road. Keep the conversation business-like and try… continue…

How to Help Recruiters Connect the Dots

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Sometimes, conversations with recruiters make it feel like you’re speaking English and they’re speaking French. Frustrating as that might be, it doesn’t mean the conversation’s going nowhere. You just have to take control and translate. Translate what? Your skills and background into the context of the job requirement. If you approach the topic thoughtfully you can demonstrate why you’re the answer to the interviewer’s problem, even if he can’t glance at your resume and check off the skills he wants… continue…

How to Translate Today’s Skills Into Tomorrow’s Job

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We’ve all seen postings for jobs we know we’d be right for, even if we don’t have the complete set of skills listed in the job description. When that’s the case, how do you convince recruiters that you can get the work done promptly and well? For the answer, join us for our Google Hangout, “Helping Recruiters Connect the Dots: Translating What You Do Into What They Need.” Our panel of career experts will look at how to address skills… continue…

Recruiters Challenge Candidates on Social Media

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As employers increase their monitoring of social media websites, job seekers worry about how their search could be affected. And now there’s a new rub: While it’s not unusual for recruiters to request social media connections, some are demanding them as a condition of representing candidates. In this week’s Hangout, Dice News Associate Editor Dawn Kawamoto and Managing Editor Mark Feffer discuss what to do if a recruiter requires you to connect, and examine whether your social media behavior can… continue…