While ideally all recruiters would reply to all emails and LinkedIn messages, phone calls etc this is sadly not the case, I truly sympathise with candidates who don’t hear back from recruiters being ghosted is not great. Before reaching out to recruiters, I recommend the following approach to increase your chances of receiving a reply.
Do Your Research
Most recruitment firms specialise in a specific sector and field by finding out which firms work in your field and who within the firm specialises in your function you are halfway to contacting the right recruiter sounds obvious but make sure reach out to recruiters who are specialists in your field.
Research on the company’s website, and find the recruiters LinkedIn page, to find out which recruiter is going to be a good match for your background.
Use your network on LinkedIn or offline professional network to find out which recruiters they found new jobs through and would recommend working with again and ask them to introduce you.
Look up the recruitment agency awards and find out which firms have won awards for work in your sector.
Whether you are reaching out to connect to recruiters by email or message the recruiter on LinkedIn be clear about what you are looking for and your skills include a link to your LinkedIn profile and a copy of your CV.
Recruiters like to know about their candidates’ skills, abilities, and achievements so letting them know about your background helps them assess whether or not you they can help place you into a new role. If your background is a close match to type of roles they commonly work on they will be keen to connect with you.
For example, if you email says ” I have a background in X, and I’m looking for XYZ roles” it’s going to get a more positive response than an email that says: “I’m reaching out because I’m looking for a job in x sector”.
Establish relationships with recruiters prior to starting your job search, reach out to connect to recruiters before you are actively looking for a new role.
This may seem counterintuitive, but one of the best times to speak with recruiters is when your employed. It will give you the opportunity to build relationships with various recruiters, get to know their style, learn about how they work, the types of roles they work on, and for which companies they hire.
Recruiters who are prepared to build long term relationships with candidates are more likely to be interested your career development rather than just filling open roles on their books.
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