I recently came across the Moxie Mo Show Special: Five Secrets From A Recruiter from Jeff McCord. Jeff gives us his opinion in this video about the five things recruiters typically don't tell candidates or don't want candidates to know.
You'll have to watch the video for Jeff's comments, but here are his five secrets in a nutshell:
- Make sure your resume has the keywords that match the job description.
- Apply to no more than two jobs at the company (more than that is a sign of desperation or being careless in your jobs search).
- Use social networks. Recruiters want to present people who are known and respected in their field. Your chances of being contacted are much higher with an online presence.
- Be prepared. Research! Know who the recruiter is when called and the job you applied for.
- Cover letters are so 1990. Recruiters don't need them.
My thoughts and personal recruiter secrets:
- Just say no to separate cover letters (and yes to clear and concise ones). I don't read separate cover letters unless it's a "career changer" (someone looking to go from let's say, finance to PR) and I usually can't place someone looking to make a huge career change. I do read short and concise cover letters embedded in the email. Considering the amount of information us recruiters process in a day about different people careers, we're left with the attention span of a fly. Your job is to not just tell me how great you are, but show me why you are the best candidate for my position - quickly.
- Don't be a voicemail rambler. If you call to introduce yourself rather than an email intro, make sure the message portrays confidence and tell me a little bit about yourself A good rule for voicemail: 30 seconds, no more. Start your name and phone number in the beginning and again at the end. Many voicemail systems allow you to listen to the voicemail again. If it sounds off, re-record. Remember, this is the first impression.
- Be easy to work with. Saw IV move Be available during the normal work day (even if only by appointment). There's a limited pass for cancellations, rearrangements, and special treatment.
- Don't be an information hound unless you intend to make a career move for the right opportunity. Asking who the company is and getting information with no intention of seriously evaluating it is considered bad form.