When it comes to searching for a job in our tech savvy world, you might think having an updated resume on all the major job sites, as well as an active LinkedIn account, puts you ahead of the game. Unfortunately, it doesn’t. While having active profiles and updated resumes on sites like CareerBuilder and Indeed are necessary, it certainly isn’t enough to garner the attention of a potential employer. If you are actively searching for a job, you know how true it is. You apply to countless jobs, and end up hearing nothing. That’s because by the time those jobs hit the boards most HR departments have already filled the job internally, or have contracted the position out to a recruiting firm.
You’re probably asking yourself, “What do I do now?” As an insider in the industry, the secret to finding a job is having an advocate in the hiring department. Ideally, that’s knowing someone at the company you are applying to that can vouch for your ability and knowledge. That isn’t always an option, however. That’s where recruiters come in. You might think getting a call from a recruiter is a nuisance, but she is actually your best way in to the job of your dreams. A recruiter is hired to screen for the best candidates for a position, and that means she is your contact that can not only vouch for your abilities, but she can help you negotiate terms of employment and salary. So next time a recruiter calls you, listen to what he or she has to say. She might be able to open the door to the career path you’ve been seeking.