How To Get Found By Recruiters

  • Article by: KEVIN DONLIN , Star Tribune Sales and Marketing
  • Updated: July 8, 2008 - 1:22 PM

Looking to get found by some of the best recruiters? Kevin Donlin suggests "tweeting on twitter" and getting a personal referral.

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Recruiters, also called headhunters, get paid by companies to beat the bushes for talented employees.

Recruiters can be an important tool in your job-search arsenal.

So, anything you can do to get noticed by more recruiters can ultimately help you get hired faster by employers.

Here are two ways to do just that. One is new and high-tech. The other is neither.

1) Tweet on Twitter

You may have heard about Twitter.com. It's a social networking site that's been described as "micro blogging" – a cross between instant messaging and blogging – because you're allowed only 140 characters per post.

In addition to posting "tweets" about your own life, you can search for and "follow" people on Twitter to see what they're up to in real time.

And it just might help you start a relationship with a recruiter that leads to a new job. Because recruiters, especially those who fill high-tech positions, are using Twitter to find and be found by candidates.

"I recently got three referrals to candidates within two minutes of posting on Twitter about a job I was trying to fill," says Paul DeBettignies, Managing Partner of Nerd Search, a Minneapolis-based recruiting firm.

But how can you get on a headhunter's radar using Twitter?

One way is to find and follow them, to learn more about who they are and what they're looking for. Example: a search for "technical recruiter" on Twitter returned 26 profiles, while "management recruiter" produced 31. Pick a few that look interesting and follow their postings for a few days.

Meanwhile, think carefully about what to include in your Twitter Bio. Include job titles and other terms that make your name pop up for the right searches. "Be very task-oriented about the specific job you're after, which will determine what you post and how you respond to others," advises Tavis Hudson, a recruiter at Technical Resources, in Chanhassen, Minn.

"I've met more than 20 candidates in person after first developing a relationship with them on Twitter, and one of them is interviewing right now for a software-related position," says Hudson.

I suggest you try Twitter for 30 days with a specific goal, like arranging a phone call with at least one recruiter or networking meetings with at least two people who work at your target employers.

2) Get a Personal Referral

There are other, less technical ways to find a recruiter. Like referrals from live humans, for example.

Who among your friends and family is looking for a job now? You probably know at least one person who could recommend a recruiter.

That's how one man from Wisconsin got hired by a Fortune 500 firm in St. Paul – the recruiter who introduced him to the job was referred by his wife!

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