Over the past several years I have led two intertwining lives. One is my recruiting life (pays the bills, etc) and the other is my career coaching (volunteer) life. I have always tried to keep the two separate but they always find a way to come together. Job-seekers want your recruiting knowledge and recruiters want your job-seekers network.
As I started thinking about both worlds and how they collide it hit me that there are many lessons that recruiters could learn from those in job-search.
Perception is everything. In job-search anything and everything you do can be perceived in a million different ways (i.e. if you call or email too many times you are annoying; if you don’t call or email enough you are not interested, etc).
Recruiting take away: How are you and your company perceived in your market place? What do people think about you and your brand. If you don’t know, you can’t begin to either overcome it or build upon it.
It’s a numbers game. In job-search the more active you are the likelier you are to find a job. You get out of it what you put into it.
Recruiting take away: If I have to spell this one out you should move out of recruiting right now.
The details matter. I always tell job-seekers that you have to cross all of your t’s and dot all of your i’s, spell the word résumé right (not resume), and watch the way you tie your shoes. As a job-seeker if you want to stand out in a good way the details are what makes you.
Recruiting take away: Top talent notices every little thing. I promise. If there is one thing out of whack or out-of-place in their interview with you there are 10 companies right behind you that would love the opportunity to speak with them.
You can’t be a technology dinosaur. A job-seeker who cannot efficiently operate in the digital world might as well forget about it.
Recruiting take away: Are you hanging out online where the folks you are recruiting hang out? No? You ready to settle for last place. Along those same lines I am always shocked by how many of us don’t know what Boolean is and cannot even spell Twitter.
It’s all about networking. Duh. Get off of the job boards and pick up the phone to make some networking calls!
Recruiting take away: Double duh. Get off of your computer and pick up the phone to make some networking calls!
Different spin on things, no?
Next a job-seeker reaches out to you, even for networking purposes – talk shop with them. You might be surprised what you learn about recruiting.
Until next time – good hunting and good luck!