Recruiters Prefer Someone They Know

Written by Scott Brown

If a recruiter has a position open, guess who their first move is when they want to fill it. If you guessed posting a job on a job site, you're wrong (at least most ofrepparttar time). Recruiters are like any other human being and they want to get their work done withrepparttar 139087 least amount of effort. So a recruiter's first move is usually to call (or email) someone they already know. Posting a job on a job site is time consuming and typically requires having to deal with a deluge of responses (most job ads yield 300+ candidates responding with their resumes). It's much easier forrepparttar 139088 recruiter to try someone they know first.

Beingrepparttar 139089 Candidaterepparttar 139090 Recruiter Calls First

In addition torepparttar 139091 hassle associated with posting a job on a job site, there is another downside to a recruiter using this approach: since they don't knowrepparttar 139092 people responding to a job posting, they have to takerepparttar 139093 time to reviewrepparttar 139094 resumes, talk to potential candidates, and try to get to a comfort level where they feel like they can recommendrepparttar 139095 person to a client. If you already have a relationship with a recruiter, they're going to be much more comfortable recommending you than someone else.

Don't Letrepparttar 139096 Relationship Die Out

Most job seekers, and frankly most recruiters, makerepparttar 139097 mistake of letting their relationships die out. Recruiters get busy with new open positions that have to be filled. Job seekers get distracted by new jobs to respond to or calls from new recruiters. Sorepparttar 139098 time invested in getting to know each other often goes to waste. Does this mean you need to work hard at building a relationship with every recruiter you talk to? Not at all. Rather, you may notice as you go about your job search that certain recruiters seem to understand you and your strengths better than others. It is these recruiters who you want to stay in touch with.

Typically,repparttar 139099 recruiters you want to maintain a relationship with will have come to a good enough understanding of your background that they've submitted your resume for a position that you recognize is a very good fit for your background and interests. You may even have gone on an interview thatrepparttar 139100 recruiter has set up for you but it didn't work out for whatever reason. These arerepparttar 139101 recruiters who you want to maintain relationships with. If they recommended you for a job inrepparttar 139102 past, chances are they'd do it again inrepparttar 139103 future. For simplicity, let's refer to these people as "High Probability Recruiters."

Making Sure You Have Good Employment References

Written by Scott Brown

Most people don't give much thought about references until after a potential employer asks for them. After all, searching for a job is very time consuming and doesn't give you much of a chance to think about anything except getting interviews. But reference checks are a very important part ofrepparttar job search process: both for job seekers and for employers. For employers, references are a chance to add depth torepparttar 139086 information they have learned about you fromrepparttar 139087 interview and from your resume.

At a minimum, your references should confirmrepparttar 139088 informationrepparttar 139089 employer has about you and that you are a competent employee. However, you should strive to provide references who can be as enthusiastic about you and you would be about yourself. A great reference makesrepparttar 139090 hiring manager feel good about their decision to hire you and sets a positive tone for your first few days onrepparttar 139091 job. Asrepparttar 139092 saying goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression and your references can help you do that.

Getting Your Ducks In a Row

It's a good idea to get a reference letter from your manager as soon after leaving a position as possible. Getting a reference letter right away makes it easier for your manager to recall specific contributions you made torepparttar 139093 team. Even if you don't end up needing a reference right away, havingrepparttar 139094 reference letter provides you with something to fall back on inrepparttar 139095 event you are unable to contact your former manager at a later time. Plus, if you decide to go back torepparttar 139096 manager a year or more later to ask them to provide a phone reference, you can remind them aboutrepparttar 139097 reference letter they wrote for you.

Before asking someone to takerepparttar 139098 time to write a reference letter or provide a phone reference, it's a good idea to get a feel for what they would say about you. One way to do this is to say "Do you feel you know me well enough to write a good reference letter?" instead of just "Could you write a reference letter?" This way, ifrepparttar 139099 person doesn't feel they could say something positive, they have an easy way to decline your request.

Employers who ask for references want to confirm dates of employment and position titles at a minimum. They will also try to find out if your former boss would rehire you givenrepparttar 139100 opportunity. And many employers will askrepparttar 139101 reference to grade your abilities inrepparttar 139102 specific areas that will apply to your new job. For example, if you're applying for a job as a manager,repparttar 139103 employer may ask your reference to rate your managerial skills on a scale from 1 to 10. Having a sense ofrepparttar 139104 types of questions employers are likely to ask your references, you should try to gaugerepparttar 139105 potential reference's response to these questions before deciding to let them vouch for you. For example, you could say "I'm curious - if you hadrepparttar 139106 chance, would you hire me again to work for you?"

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