6 Ways to Impress Recruiters
When you apply for a new job, you need a little more than luck to impress recruiters. A typical job posting can attract hundreds of applicants, with only a select few chosen for an interview. If you are applying for a position, even with a staffing agency’s help, there are six things you can do to improve your chances of being noticed.
Project the Right Tone for the Job
While online job applications make the process more accessible, it also becomes more difficult to make a personal impression. This means that you have to rely on your words to convey your personality. Ensure that the tone of your cover letter and resume are just right and conveys confidence, professionalism, and friendliness.
Ask for LinkedIn Recommendations
Ask for LinkedIn recommendations from people who have had first-hand experience with your work ethic and skills. This can include past supervisors and managers, peers, and colleagues from other departments or industries you have worked with.
Recommendations from various sources can impress recruiters who admire the ability of employees to work with others and adapt.
Communicate Your Accomplishments
When writing a cover letter, drafting your resume, or writing an email, you should always focus on what you’ve accomplished. Instead of just highlighting everything you’ve been responsible for, highlight your successes and accolades. When listing your responsibilities, mention how you excelled at those responsibilities.
Use Keywords from the Job Description
Many companies rely on applicant tracking systems (ATS) that automate which applications move forward and which do not. An ATS will break down your resume based on select keywords. To give your resume a better chance of moving forward, make sure you’ve included keywords from the posted job description.
Recruiters have hundreds of applications to sort through for one position. They don’t have time to read multiple pages from one person. This is why it is crucial to learn how to communicate your most valuable traits and accomplishments as concisely as possible.
Your cover letter or introductory message should be brief and to-the-point. It should also contain no typos and no grammatical errors. These errors stick out more when you write less and can make a bad impression on your recruiter.
Prepare Concrete Anecdotes
Once you have landed that interview, you have a chance to impress recruiters with your personality and professionalism. One of the most effective ways to do this is to share examples of how you have successfully used your skills on the job. Recruiters almost always ask you to provide these examples, so it is best to prepare relevant anecdotes. Don’t forget to include essential details and edit your story to contain the key points.
If you are conducting your job search with a staffing agency, you can receive guidance on your resume, cover letter, and interview techniques from dedicated staffing agents. Using every tool at your disposal during your job search can help you find your ideal position.
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