The best way to get noticed by a recruiter is to be introduced through someone the recruiter knows and has a relationship with already. But if you don’t have this connection, that’s okay. Don’t
hesitate to reach out to two or three local recruiters (at different firms) who work with employers
in your industry. Here are some areas to explore and tips to get you started:
- Do you have someone in your current network that could put you in touch with a recruiter who specializes in your industry or might know someone else who can?
- Do your homework first. Be sure to choose a recruiter who can really help and choose only one recruiter within the same firm.
- If someone else isn’t introducing you directly, introduce yourself in an email first. Then make a phone call. It gives a quick impression of you and allows the recruiter to circulate your credentials among their colleagues and enter them into their databases. Make sure you use a clear, compelling subject line. Then include an introductory letter and resume. Your introductory letter is important. It should include your career accomplishments, titles you’ve held, salary, and the type of opportunities you are interested in.
- Don’t do an email blast – email the recruiter directly.
- Don’t contact recruiters multiple times each week.Phoning several times a day is neither appropriate nor welcome. All your follow-ups must be handled in a professional manner.
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