In a Forbes.com article entitled “How to Headhunt the Headhunters”, a recruiter is quoted as saying that he gets about 100 resumes a week, but rarely looks at any of them. What? A recruiter that doesn’t even look at the resumes he is being sent? How can that be? That’s because the number of unsolicited resumes a recruiter receives grows exponentially as more and more people become un-employed. And that means there isn’t enough time in the day to work on making matches between clients and candidates whose resumes they sought and the numerous resumes that come in, many of which aren’t in their area of specialty. Recruiters do want to know about you, you just need a new way of getting in front of them.
If sending unsolicited resumes isn’t going to work, there is something else you can do to get seen by hiring companies AND recruiters. Fortunately it’s the same thing, networking. Over the years, there have been hundreds of articles on the internet about networking but the current economic climate creates a whole new level of importance. It’s no longer about networking on your own and if that doesn’t work out then you turn to a recruiter, it’s about networking even to get to the recruiter while simultaneously networking on your own to get to hiring managers.
Professional Networking Sites
If you haven’t heard of LinkedIn.com, you need to pull up a browser and jump on immediately. It’s the leading professional networking site that can put you in touch with many many people in your field. According to an article in Chief Executive Magazine online, membership in professional networking sites is expected to soar as the economic downturn continues, and a Time.com article notes that LinkedIn is signing up 1 new member every second. That’s a lot of people out there networking where you are not.
On business networking sites, you can join interest groups with whom you can network to find out who is hiring, ask a question to people in your network to find out what’s happening in your industry’s job market, and you can view job posting by companies whose employees are on the site. You can also locate people at the hiring level for your specialization and introduce yourself to them. Plus, being a part of a network makes you feel less alone in your job hunt, which helps you with the emotional side so you can stay positive during your job hunt. Continue Reading