Looking for a new job is a daunting process, even before you sign up with a Recruitment Agency. Once you sign up, it’s a whole new ballgame. On the one hand, you have someone helping you make a huge move. But on the other hand, you might be wondering: is there something my Recruiter isn’t telling me? Are you ready to get some real insight into how Recruiters work? Keep reading to discover what your Recruiter is looking for in you and your resume.
A defined career/job aspiration
Picture this: You’re sitting at your computer, scrolling through the latest job vacancies. Your phone rings. A Recruiter is calling you. You’re sure he or she has a great job ready and waiting for you. But when you answer, your Recruiter asks you: “What exactly are you looking for?” And at that moment, you suddenly realise you don’t know. Sure, you know you want a new job but you need to be able to define your career aspirations – the exact type of job you want and type of company you want to work for to the Recruiter. You need to be able to tell your Recruiter concisely your exact goal. Maybe you want more money? Maybe you want the opportunity to upskill while staying within the Media, Advertising or Digital industry? Maybe you want a new type of role or to work for a family-friendly company? Whatever your goal, make sure you can articulate it concisely before you set out on your job-hunting journey.
Let’s say you’ve been working in Advertising for the last seven years, and your goal is to stay in the Advertising industry. In fact, your goal is very specific: you want to be a Senior Account Director. In your eyes, you have the experience and the skills. But does that come across in your resume? Your first job states you were a Campaign Strategist but doesn’t have much detail attached to that. Then, you spent a few years working as an Account Manager. At your most recent job, you worked as a Digital Marketing Executive. Here’s the thing: You can have all the experience (and buzzy titles) in the world, but if your experience for each role is not clearly stipulated and translated on your resume, your resume likely won’t make it past your Recruiter’s desk. Spend some time making sure your resume is cohesive, that every job role is defined and connected, and further, that every job description quantifies your experience using specific relevant examples.
Being front of mind
Recruiters in Brisbane receive, on average, hundreds of resumes a day. In other words, it’s super important that you stand out from the crowd. If you’ve done your research, you know that one critical step in the job hunt process is to follow up with your Recruiter by phone. This step is important for two reasons: (1) it brings your resume back to the front of your Recruiter’s mind, and (2) it gives you a second opportunity to engage and build a professional rapport with your Recruiter. Regarding the latter, the best way to engage your Recruiter is to pitch yourself to them. By pitching yourself to them you are showing them how they can pitch you on to their clients and more importantly how likely you are to sell yourself in an interview – a very important skill to have. Tell them about your career aspirations and the goal of your job hunt and then remind them why you are one of the stronger candidates they have on their books. Keep your pitch short and sweet. Rest assured, if you’ve engaged your Recruiter, you will be front of mind for your Recruiter when an employer calls with the next job opportunity.