It can be hard to find all the job opportunities available in your field and hard to separate yourself from the hundreds of other potential candidates.
There are a number of tactics that you will need to put in place to get this done: create a great resume; expand your network within your industry; keep an eye on the job boards; and connect with the right Agency Recruiters who specialize in your field of expertise.
Since Recruiters get paid by the companies conducting the search, they are constantly building their customer base by working with multiple companies.
Therefore, they are often hearing of new job openings well before you ever would.
By connecting with these recruiters you can increase the number of jobs that you are aware of and have a better chance of getting your resume in front of the hiring manager.
As you build your network of recruiters, it is important to remember two things:
( a ) they get paid by the companies that employ them and therefore, they are not really there to help you get a job, but rather they are there to fill the job; and
( b ) part of their job is to see a lot of candidates and therefore, it is important for you to reach out to them on a semi-regular basis.
Don’t think that because you spoke with a recruiter a month ago, that they still think you are in the market for any new opportunities. You need to be proactive and keep them informed about your job search.
A great way to identify recruiters in your industry is to search for them on Linkedin and identify recruiters who are a 2nd level connection from you.
Take a look at their profile and review their website. If they appear to be a potentially good connection for you, reach out with a brief personal note and ask them to connect.
Odds are they will take a look at your profile and if you appear to be someone that they could place at a company in their area of expertise, they will accept your request.
After they accept the request, send them a quick note to their email address (see how to download this through your list of Linkedin contacts) with a copy of your resume.
Ultimately, you will need to leverage several different tatics to land your next job. Adding the right set of Agency Recruiters to your network can be a very effective part of your overall strategy.