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Should I Call Recruiters Or Wait For Them To Call Me?

Vicki at Monster says; ''If you wait until a recruiter contacts you to help you find a job, you’re missing the boat''.

I personally believe that anything that has to do with being productive in life which is actually almost everything, needs you to be proactive.
You need to be proactive, and that includes reaching out to recruiters and companies HR on a regular basis. You may need to also set up job alerts, among other job-search strategies like LinkedIn, job fairs e.t.c

Sometimes, all you need to do is to reach out and discuss your qualifications with them powerfully. By powerfully, I mean you must have been prepared enough to know what you want to say and communicate it strongly. You must have imagined likely questions that may come up and practiced how you plan to answer them.

Sometimes too, they do not have your time and you may just have few minutes to sell yourself.
What this simply means is that calling a recruiter is not so much about calling them but it is about ensuring that your message is well received and powerful within the shortest possible time.

If you are somehow connected with an in-house recruiter at a company that you would like to work for and there’s an opportunity, definitely reach out to them.

My name is Femi, am I unto Sarah please?. I am aware of an opening at your organization and I would like to schedule an interview with you anytime you are free to discuss how my profile best fits this opening. I have same qualification, experience required and some other potentials that you would find very interesting.

If the opportunity doesn’t work out, ask the recruiter to keep you in mind for future jobs but also ensure that you confirm before ending the call when you could likely call back or get their email so you can forward your CV nonetheless. You can periodically get in touch with them to stay top of mind—many times they’ll know about job openings down the pike before the jobs are officially available to applicants.

On the other hand, if you’re working with a third-party recruiter via an agency, you can be more aggressive says Monster.
They’re in the business of placing you in a job. In fact, they typically get paid a commission from the employer that hired them (usually a percentage based on your starting salary), so it’s in their best interest to help you land that job. If you wait for them to call you, you may be waiting a while since they’re incredibly busy.

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