Reddit is a fantastic tool for a billion different things, including receiving advice on the job search. Reddit is one of the most responsive places on the internet, especially when it comes to instant feedback, which is why I decided to make myself available for an awesome “I’m a Recruiter” Ask me Anything! There were so many great questions asked and I did my best to respond as fast as possible. I’ve included some of my favorite recruiter Ask me Anything questions and responses below, in case you had the exact same question!
Career Dreaming Recruiting Reddit Ask me Anything
I’m a former technology recruiter, where I was in the top 10% of my company in revenue generated through job placements. After starting with a Masters of Information Systems program, I decided to head into the tech sector in sales at a large software company.
As someone who was formerly (and recently) in the recruiting industry, I’d like to like to help out individuals who have questions about recruiters/headhunters, how to get a job through them, negotiate salary, how much they/you get paid, etc… So AMA!
Proof: My LinkedIn, (www.linkedin.com/in/robertpaone/)
PS: I’m also in the process of creating a website dedicated to guiding job candidates through interactions with recruiters/headhunters. It’ll be launching on June 1st and I’d love to use questions asked to help formulate future content to provide value.
Reddit Recruiter AMA Q&A
What is the best way to get in contact with a recruiter? Would it be a waste of the recruiter’s time if the person didn’t have lots of experience, degrees, and certs?
The best way to get in contact with a recruiter is through email or LinkedIn in my opinion.
Finding their email shouldn’t be too difficult, as any good recruiter would make that readily/publicly available.
Although if you can’t find a good recruiter in your area or don’t know where to start, a quick Google search of staffing firms likely will provide you a number of local companies, most of which should have a resume submit button on their webpage.
What do you think about the unemployed? What can an unemployed person say or do that will help them secure a job?
It depends on how long an individual has been unemployed for and why.
Obviously the economy is not the greatest right now for some people (in some areas more than others), but the key to a job candidate (employed or not) is the ability to continue learning and growing as an individual.
If you’ve been unemployed for 2+ years and walk into an interview with no reason for your unemployment, nothing you’ve done to improve yourself in those two years and no real selling point to get hired, you can’t expect to walk out with a job offer.
But let’s say your company had layoffs and you we’re unfortunately let go. It’s taken you 6+ months to find a position because of hiring difficulties in the area. However, when you go into the interview, you can reference a number of books you’ve read to improve your skills, maybe classes you’ve taken, boot camps, etc.
There’s a big difference in the approach!
First off, Thank you for answering our questions.
Second, I would your perspectives from my situation. A few weeks ago, I got through 2 phone interviews with a medical devices company , and the recruiter contacted me the third time, and said she will be the one who coordinate the on-site interviews, and she would like for me to come in and meet the manager and the team next week. I said okay. It has been 1 week and half since I heard from her, I emailed and left her a voice message. Are they still interested in me? Are they too busy? What should I do next?
In general, when recruiters ignores your contacts, does that mean they are not interested in you?
Sometimes a recruiter will ignore you when he/she feels like you’re not the best fit for a position. Obviously the professional thing to do would be to inform the candidate that they aren’t the best fit for whatever reason, so that individual can move on to new opportunities, but it unfortunately doesn’t always work out that way.
In your case, I would recommend following up two more times. It’s possible that your initial calls came during a vacation period (now is a common vacation time in the summer) or maybe it just slipped her mind. The fact that she called you to let you know she’d contact you again would indicate to me that they are interested in another interview.
Just wanted to drop in and say hi/thanks for what you are doing. I’ve been a long time reader of this board and appreciate anyone giving others a helping hand.
I’m transitioning from sales to a more technical role with my current organization so in an ideal world I won’t be looking for anything any time soon, but it’s always good to stay connected.
Since this is an AMA I’ll add a question.
What are some things that can make someone’s LinkedIn profile more attractive for headhunters?
PICTURE! – Have a semi-professional picture on your profile, doesn’t have to be something you paid for a corporate one. I took mine at a wedding I was a guest at.
Information for your positions and a summary – I would basically treat your LinkedIn like your online resume. Be braggy enough to get recruiters interested, but don’t be obnoxiously selling yourself for your boss/current company to take notice. My personal LinkedIn is very similar to the content that’s on my resume because you never know who/what type of offer you might receive from LinkedIn, so it’s always good to be open.
There you have it, some of my favorite Question & Answers from May 27th’s Reddit Recruiter Ask me Anything. I hope you enjoyed the content from this and found it useful.
Let’s not leave answering your questions solely for Reddit though! If you are curious about something, include it in the comments below or send an email to [email protected]!