As a job applicant, part of your task is to identify the most efficient ways you can land the job you want. One way to do this is to connect with the person who has a lot of influence in putting you first and foremost in line for the job. This is the recruiter, who acts between you and the employer.
2 Types of Recruiters
To be able to pick the right recruiter, you first need to understand the 2 basic types of recruiters. One is the internal recruiter, who is basically another employee in the firm. Their job is to find people to fill the various vacancies in a company. They’re the ones who put the word out through “job wanted” ads, and who sifts through the applications to find the most suitable candidates.
The other type is the external recruiter, who is generally a hired hand and a service provider for the company. Often these recruiters are part of a service company and up of recruiters to find suitable people for various corporate clients. They may work on retainer, or work on a contingency basis. They’re typically paid on a commission basis based on the salary that comes with the open position.
How to Choose and Partner with a Recruiter
So if you’re the applicant, how can you connect with these recruiters? Here are some tips that can help.
- If you’re in no rush to move to a new job, but you have a list of companies in which you really want to work, then you may want to forge a connection with the internal recruiter of a company. Chances are that they have one, though they may sometimes use a different title. They may be called hiring specialists or hiring managers. But some use more esoteric titles of their positions, such as employee success manager or director of hiring. Heck, there’s one called the “talent whisperer”, if you can believe it.
- Once you’ve found them via the company website, use LinkedIn to connect with them. Craft a personal message. Put in why you want to work with that company, in what job, and the skills that make you qualified. Just ask them to keep you in mind should there ever be an opening in the future.
- If you’re currently in between jobs, then you’re better off with an external recruiter working on a contingency basis. They can then act as your agent, and they can earn money when you’re hired by a company.
- This recruiter should have extensive experience and network in the industry you’re interested in. The point of working with a computer is that they have an “in” with the company you’re applying to. It’s like if you’re a man interested in a woman you’ve seen at a party, and you’re looking for a mutual acquaintance to introduce you to her.
- Just make sure that they first get your approval when then send out your resume to a company—you don’t want duplicate applications that may make you look desperate or inefficient.
Recruiters help companies find successful applicants, but you can also work with them to land the job you’re aiming for. Sometimes they may find you, and that’s a good thing. But you can always find them too and forge a relationship with them so you get an “in” with the companies you like as well.