We’re continuing the series on “Thoughts from Recruiting,” first published this past Monday. Here are some more of our thoughts:
- Know something about the position you are applying for. Going up to a recruiter and saying “tell me about your internship/job openings” is not beneficial for either party. When I hear someone say this (or “what opportunities do you have available”) I almost immediately disregard the candidate. You must do some research before speaking with a recruiter
- Promote your diversity. Even if companies do not practice affirmative action, they want diversity. If your resume displays some semblance of diversity in your name or experience, companies will be more interested in you as a candidate. That said, do not hid from your diversity - celebrate it
- Give recruiters a chance to get to know the true you. While your resume does the talking for your personal experiences, it is important for others to get to know you and your personality. I asked a few people to tell me a fun fact about themselves. The responses I was hoping to get were things that make them unique or that they enjoy doing in their free time. The responses I got were “I enjoy volunteering because I think it is so important” or “I’m really interested in the business world.” I can see right through those answers. Yes, volunteering and the business world are good to be interested in, but be a human. Recruiters have interests outside of work as well, so let these shine through
- When you approach a recruiter, hand them your resume and walk through your experiences. Do not wait for permission to give them a resume. Additionally, do not expect for the recruiter to jump right in and read your resume. You want to be in control of the way your experiences are interpreted, so tell your story the way you want to tell it
That’s all for this post. We’ll have one more post in the “Thoughts from Recruiting” series this upcoming Monday.