By Caroline Macharia
Recruiters are often busy, when they are not in the interview room, you will find them sifting through thousands of CVs trying to find a candidate who stands out for a specific role.
When the right candidate is not forthcoming, they spend an even bigger share of their time headhunting candidates and interesting them for a role in their recruitment to-do list.
Amidst all this, grabbing their attention may seem like an uphill task. The traditional cold calling or even showing up at the recruiters’ offices without an appointment is also not the best idea.
Despite all this, they still remain the gatekeepers that will either grant or deny you access to your next big job.
So, is there a way you can grab their attention to ensure that they open the gates and usher you into that job you have been praying for?
I want to assert that it is actually possible to grab their attention.
Here are some tips to grab a recruiter’s attention and have them give you a job
1. Build a relationship first, hand in your CV Second
We all have that one “friend” who calls us only when they need something from you. Often, these type of friend knows little or nothing about what is going on in your life.
Guess what, when you walk up to a recruiter say in a networking event or career talks and immediately ask to hand them your CV without the slightest attempt to find out who they are, their interests, how you could add value to their recruitment process—you are not very different from the friend that only calls you when they need something.
Before handing your CV to a recruiter, take time to find out who they are, build that relationship as you endeavor to add value to what they do.