2 Steps to Exceed What Job Recruiters Are Looking For

When you think about Denver job recruiters, or even potential employers for that matter, do you see them as customers? Or do you see yourself as that? If you aren’t seeing them as someone who is “buying” from you, you may be missing the big question they are thinking, even if they don’t ask it. While you may believe they are trying to trick you up with interview questions and screening tools, they are just wanting to get to this question: “What’s in it for me?”

To meet and exceed what job recruiters in Denver are looking for in a potential new hire, you need to help them connect the dots between their needs and your abilities. Here’s how.

First, be professional. This means in every way the prospective employer can see you including:

  • Social Media. If you are on social media, at least while you are unemployed, be sure your settings are private or that everything you are posting is appropriate for them to see. Employers may do an internet search for you, so be proactive and do one of yourself and see what comes up. Then, get to work to clean up anything that could paint a less than professional picture of yourself.
  • Email Address. Free email addresses can be set up quickly and easily so consider using a one that is your first and last name rather than a personal one. Having an email address like FoosballChamp99 at Gmail may not make the best impression, and if it’s on your résumé, it’s a first impression you can’t undo.
  • Communications. Handle all communication, whether by phone, email, or in person appropriately. Use spell check when writing, and avoid text talk and foul language. It may seem silly to say this, but some people cuss when nervous or to build rapport.
  • Voicemail. Change your voicemail greeting if needed. It is likely the last thing on your mind with a job change that you update your voicemail message, but if you haven’t listened to it in a while, listen and record a new one if it is out of date or sounds less than friendly and professional.
  • Dress/Appearance. Dress appropriately for the interview, which typically means dressing as though you have the job and are reporting to your first day of work. If you are applying for a position that requires a uniform, dress in business casual.

By being professional, you are demonstrating a skill employers value, and creating a good first impression.

Secondly, be clear and honest.  Don’t hide information you feel will hurt you, such as a vacation you already have planned, or a caretaking responsibility. Be clear in what you need and are looking for and ask them questions to see how they feel about it. Instead of making a particular issue a problem, think about the good things it can offer the employer. If you don’t have a ton of experience, let them know you are a fast learner and are coachable. 

Be specific in the skills and abilities you bring to the table and be clear about where you want to go in your career. Help the potential employer get to know you at a level deeper than other candidates may be offering.

Create different resumes for the different type of work you are looking for and only provide the resume that best fits the specific job for which you are applying. Rather than a catch-all for your extensive career, narrow down your traits to highlight the ones most applicable to the job position and description the employer is looking to fill.
Overall, being professional and transparent will help the potential employer and/or recruiter, to learn about you and make a good hiring decision. Helping them connect the dots between what they are looking for and how you fill that need will move you to the front of the likely extensive list of candidates.

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