Last week, something wonderful and remarkable happened, something which brought a great warmth to my heart, and made me feel it was Christmas three weeks early.
Two - count 'em - two recruiters called me with potential positions, and one even scheduled an in-office interview.
Now, admittedly, I've been attempting to balance the search for more freelance (and permanent) work with my current workload. (Thankfully, I've submitted some bids for some other assignments), but it always amazes my fellow job stalkers that I am able to get recruiters to talk to me....after all, they submit their resumes, and hear nothing from them again. At least, that's what some of my fellow job stalkers keep telling me - others tend to behave differently and get consistent assignments.
So what's my secret to success (at least, when it comes to engaging recruiters)?
First, I only belong to a small handful of recruiters - I've actually engaged with five agencies, three of which have been really consistent in where they've placed me. (Please feel free to send me an e-mail or connect via Linked In and I can make a formal recommendation). Many people submit their resumes to multiple recruiters, hoping for at least one to recognize their talents - in short, a variation of the "spray and pray". It helps to use recruiters as a job search tool (along with networking, job boards, etc) and not as the job search tool.
At the risk of sounding sarcastic, it is also important to keep in mind that I am not paying the recruiter - the potential hiring company is footing the bill. That means that various agencies may be placing a focus on either having a certain number of "qualified" candidates interview, or more importantly, aiming for a "big ticket" hire at the expense of not-quite-as-qualified-but-potentially-fitting-candidates. (One of my least successful agencies was one I joined three years ago, and I contacted them to see if I needed to schedule an update interview. When I called, I was informed that I did not - I just needed to submit a new copy of my resume, and just "apply" for jobs posted on their web site. I still wonder how this recruiting firm earns an income.)
What has also been helpful is that I've been lucky enough to work with agencies that are willing to communicate, and who are willing to communicate with me. When I revise my resume, I try to send them a copy within a few days. When they call for appointments, I am up front about my availability. It also helps that I'm working with recruiters who recruit in my specialty. (So if I were to work with a legal or medical recruiting firm, my chances at success would be lower - I'm neither a lawyer nor a doctor).
In short, I won't say that I've been completely successful with recruiters - after all, I'm doing mostly freelance work - but thankfully, working with recruiters has been helpful in dealing with the "transition time" between job. Of course, I may end up creating a "big enough" company and branching out on my own...but in the mean time, I'll still keep seeking the best of all worlds.
(And if you're nice, I may write a book review for next week's post based on the link above. Deal?)
But what about you, the reader? Please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below. If I can help connect you with anyone, please feel free to send me an invite via Linked In (but please avoid the boilerplate introduction and let me know why you wish to connect), or review my portfolio at the hopefully-updated-in-early-2012 gordondymowski.com.
As always, thanks for reading!