“Hello, my name is Blah. I work for Blah and we specialize in Blah. I found your resume on Blah and wanted to speak with you about an open position.”
Sound familiar? Sure it does, especially if you are one of the 250 million users on LinkedIn or if your resume is floating in the deep, dark abyss of the Monster’s, Infojobs’ or Bayt’s of the internet world.
If you have not heard from a recruiter at one point in your career, that probably means you have some work to do regarding your online professional branding. If, by great fortune, you have already secured your “dream job,” stay with us to the end and please share your thoughts of wisdom!
For the rest of us—those who are seeking new challenges, better work cultures, and higher compensations—stepping into the job-hunting process can be quite overwhelming, especially if you are walking alone.
But why walk alone? Finding the next opportunity for your professional development should be a team effort, comprised namely of those individuals in your network who respect your personal and professional character and can help to expand your network reach.
One of the first steps when job hunting is to reach out to an experienced recruiter (they go by many names—headhunter, staffer, talent acquisition agent, job placement specialist—so take your pick).
Fortune 500/100 companies, small businesses, and fully-funded startups around the world are currently searching for intelligent, ambitious, and talented individuals, like you; Recruiters are working with these companies and candidates alike to help manager’s find that rock star employee they often talk about. Since it is a recruiter’s job to find and fill jobs with qualified professionals, why shouldn’t that next rock star be you? (The average number of connections a recruiter has on LinkedIn is 616; how many do you have?)
Understandably, the current job market may look scarce to many, rightfully so; however, everyday is an opportunity for new companies or startups to grow and new positions to become available.
So, as you read this article from your current day job, critically consider your current professional state: Do I love my job? Does my job challenge me? Do I hope to be doing this five years from now?
If you could not enthusiastically answer, “yes” to any of these questions, then you should join the rest of us and begin to comb through your network now—and call a recruiter.
Did you find this article helpful? Have any questions? I encourage feedback and love a good debate, so meet me below in the comment section!