Please check out this fantastic article by UCLA with our president, Matt Warzel, as a contributor – What Is a Recruiter (and How to Talk to One)?

Hey, #LinkedIn community! ๐Ÿ‘‹ย  I was fortunate enough to be featured in this fantastic article by UCLA: ๐–ถ๐—๐–บ๐— ๐–จ๐—Œ ๐–บ ๐–ฑ๐–พ๐–ผ๐—‹๐—Ž๐—‚๐—๐–พ๐—‹ (๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐–ง๐—ˆ๐— ๐—๐—ˆ ๐–ณ๐–บ๐—…๐—„ ๐—๐—ˆ ๐–ฎ๐—‡๐–พ)?

Shoutout to my former alma mater for night school screenwriting classes, lol! Go Bruins!

Recruiters are the connection between job seekers and a company. They help companies fill open roles by finding qualified candidates โ€” people they think have the skills, experience, and ability to do the job well. If youโ€™re looking for a job, you might come across a recruiter during your search. So, what exactly does a recruiter do, and how should you talk to one?

My take:

How to Reach Out to a Recruiter on LinkedIn

If you see a recruiter looking to fill a role youโ€™re interested in, you can reach out to them on LinkedIn. In your message, share your interest, experience, and the role youโ€™d like to discuss with them.

Itโ€™s best to be โ€œshort and sweet,โ€ Matthew Warzel, certified professional resume writer and former Fortune 500 recruiter, says. โ€œThey are busy-bodies, usually juggling multiple openings at a time and speaking with tens, sometimes hundreds of candidates each day!โ€

How (and When) to Follow Up With a Recruiter

If you donโ€™t hear back, that means you may not be the best fit for that specific role. But that doesnโ€™t mean you need to lose connection with the recruiter.

โ€œIf you arenโ€™t a fit for that specific role youโ€™re interviewing with the recruiter for, you may fit a future role,โ€ Warzel says. โ€œBe sure to ping that recruiter every 6-8 weeks.โ€

While you donโ€™t need to do regimented follow-ups, checking in with the recruiter every few months can help keep you fresh in their mind.

Recruiters: The Bottom Line

Recruiters are the bridge between companies and job seekers. If youโ€™re looking for a new role, a recruiter might be able to connect you with great opportunities youโ€™re qualified for. Youโ€™ll need to effectively show them your skills and experience and honestly share what kind of role youโ€™re looking for.

โ€œRecruiters cannot help you if you are lacking direction,โ€ Warzel advises. โ€œUnderstand not only the achievements and accomplishments you can bring into the new role, but most importantly, what value do you offer? How can you be the Tylenol to the hiring teamโ€™s pains, and how can you make their lives easier? If you are equipped with this knowledge, a [recruiter] interview should be a piece of cake. Remember, they want you to be the right fit.โ€

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