If you are looking for a job, I always encourage you to be proactive, connect and reach out to recruiters in your target field.
But sometimes, I get messages from job seekers like the one below:
- Let’s see what went wrong with this approach to help you avoid these mistakes and have recruiters more likely to respond to you
- First, the title of the message “Any Suitable position” demonstrates two things: 1) This candidate doesn’t know what he wants 2) He will be ok with anything. Both are not good signs for a potential candidate.
- Second, this person is asking a recruiter to inform them if there are any positions fitting their profile. Let’s be realistic here: Recruiters review around 500 applications and speak on average to 10 candidates a day. As a recruiter, I don’t have time to go check your profile and see which positions can be suitable for you, plus, this candidate didn’t even state what exactly he/she is looking for.
- “Currently I work as X , here in country Y”. This information doesn’t add any value because I can see your current position and location from your LinkedIn profile.
- Finally, this candidate includes the link to his LinkedIn profile at the end of the message, which also doesn’t add any value because I can easily get it within a click.
What can we learn from it?
When reaching out to a recruiter:
- Do your research on the recruiter you are approaching: Does he / she recruit in your field? Just because a recruiter works in your target company, don’t automatically assume they are handling the roles that you are targeting.
- Know what you want! Include a specific job title that you are targeting.
- Do your homework: before contacting a recruiter, check the company’s website for the open roles, and also figure out what positions this recruiter hires for. Never expect a recruiter to do your homework.
- Be concise & straight to the point!
- Don’t attach (or randomly “spray”) your CV unless:
– a recruiter asks for it
– you know for a fact that he / she is currently recruiting for your target role
6. Always be polite, patient, and thank in advance.