By now you might have heard the controversy surrounding Beyoncé from people like Rudy Giuliani calling her halftime show an “outrageous affront to police” to people arguing over this issue on Facebook + Twitter. But I was honestly shocked by those using LinkedIn as a place to discuss the horror of Beyoncé’s intent (their opinion). I thought she did a good thing, and let’s not talk about the surge in Red Lobster sales since her single dropped! The owner of the thread became defensive when others suggested she move the hate (my words, not theirs) to Facebook. See a snapshot of the LinkedIn exchange below.
If you’re on the hunt for a new job or maybe you’re just looking to add a few recruiters to your network –there is a way to approach recruiters that’ll make you stand out in a positive light and get our attention. I get so many people who just send me their resume with a note that reads, “What am I good for?” After getting that, I know what you’re NOT good for.
The publishing industry has mastered the art of how to send query letters to potential agents and publishing houses–and it’s the same with recruiters.
Aspiring authors just don’t send their book or manuscripts to an agent and say, “Take a read and let me know what’s up?” So why should your approach to a recruiter be any different? Do your research, find out what that recruiter handles (social, I.T., accounting, admin, etc) and if you’re profession and their industry match — reach out to them but make sure you have a job to discuss. Don’t just send your resume and ask, “What am I good for?” Do more research, visit their career website and see if their a role that matches your skill set and that way, when you reach out–you can touch on the job you’re interested in. This approach will create a dialogue between you and the recruiter.
Check out Nando + Charlene, Brand Specialist and Professional Recruiters for extra tips on how to approach a recruiter — mistakes and first impression.