As a candidate there are many times where we want to keep in contact with the recruiter. You can definitely do so but there are also some things that you have to bear in mind. Instead of thinking about what you want, focus on building a relationship with the recruiter and fulfilling their needs.
Here are some tips to remember when communicating with recruiters that could help you secure your dream job:
Make a connection
Recruiters receive many applications for every job position. So how can you get their attention? Relationships are the key. Connect with recruiters on social media and job boards. 93% of recruiters already use or plan to use social media to support recruiting efforts and 73% plan to increase their investment in social recruiting this year. Although recruiters are active on multiple social platforms, choose one to mainly connect with them. Don’t bombard them with messages and requests. Reaching out through multiple platforms will only annoy recruiters, placing you on their stalker list instead of their list of qualified candidates.
Break the ice
Sending a cold email or message over social media can feel awkward, uncomfortable, and forced, like a first date. To break the ice, find something you both have in common. Do you have similar interests? Did you graduate from the same school? Searching social media and job boards may give you some leads. But, just like a first date, you don’t want to come on too strong or appear desperate. Express your enthusiasm without going over the top.
Mind the details
When contacting recruiters, be sure you are qualified for the position you want. About 50% of job seekers don’t have the basic qualifications for the job they are pursuing. In addition, 38% of companies have open positions they cannot find talent to fill.
Recruiters spend a lot of time sorting through candidates who aren’t right for the position—don’t waste their time or your own. Contacting a recruiter about a job you aren’t qualified for will only frustrate them. After carefully reviewing the job description to make sure you are qualified, tailor your communication to that position. Be specific, and explain why your experiences and skills are a good match. Just be sure to not twist the truth and lie as recruiters will definitely find out!
Waiting for a response is nerve wracking, and you may want to frequently check back in with the recruiter. But don’t give in to temptation.
Although you can and should follow up with a recruiter, constant communication will do more harm than good. Be patient and realise that the process will take some time. If a recruiter doesn’t give a specific timeframe in which to expect a response or update, ask for one. If you know when to expect communication, you will have some peace of mind and the recruiter will not have to handle your constant stream of emails, phone calls, and messages.
If you are trying to establish a relationship for future job opportunities, stay in touch with the recruiter. But remember to give them breathing room. A relationship is a two-way street—it’s not always about you. Make yourself a knowledgeable resource, not a pesky job seeker.