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Getting Noticed – When you apply
By Michael Smith, President and Managing Partner of Ag 1 Source and Career 1 Source
You might not realize it, but every time you forward a resume, you are working with a recruiter as you apply to that position. Regardless of whether you are sending it to a recruiting organization or a direct business such as a major corporation, it will generally be reviewed first by a recruiter. On the Ag Careers.com site, you will see two different sections of job listings; Jobs from Employers and Jobs from Recruiters. The difference is that a recruiter for an Employer represents just that Employer’s positions, and a recruiter from a recruiting organization may represent jobs from many different employers. Both are seeking a talented candidate for a specific position. Regardless of which type of recruiter you are trying to get the attention of, they both have similar goals and similar needs that must to be met in order for you to have a successful experience with them.
When applying to any job on the internet, you really don’t know if you can trust the organization you are sending it to. Will that organization treat your personal information with the integrity and privacy it requires? Will they coach you and help you find what you really want – or just waste your time? You might be surprised to know that recruiters are looking for the exact same thing from you!
In my career, I’ve had the experience of using a recruiter to find a position, and I am a recruiter today. I’ve been on both sides of the fence and understand very well, the questions, concerns, and needs of both sides. I know what is important to both sides. I know how valuable time is. I know the value of a very successful match. The ultimate goal is for both people to find the match they are looking for, so let’s look at what we can do to help make that happen.
Your Recruiter needs:
What you need (and should always discuss before allowing a recruiter to take the next step):
What the recruiter needs to trust is the content and validity of the information being presented. The recruiter receives volumes and volumes of applications every day. No one recruiter has time to visit with every applicant. Sorting through the mass of information means that it is vitally important that you have information that is going to get the attention that you are seeking, because you should know that the first job of the recruiter is to screen out the applicants that do not fit. If you don’t want to be screened out, then pay attention to the following.
The KEY TO GETTING NOTICED - YOU MUST as a candidate do or have the following in order to get to the next step:
In short, if you can’t sell yourself on paper, you are likely to get beat out by someone else that can. Your recruiter has to prioritize where they spend their time. You’re going to get more of their time if you have presented yourself properly in the first step of the application process. As they say, you never get a second chance to make a good first impression!
Michael “Mike” Smith is the President and Managing Partner of Ag 1 Source and Career 1 Source companies headquartered in Hesston, Kansas. His is responsible for Talent Acquisition, Training and Development, and oversight of the company’s team of recruiting consultants. www.ag1source.com