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Job Hunting is a Two Way Street

Updated on April 5, 2011

Job Hunting is a Two Way Street

It's kind of frustrating to see both sides of a situation working for a company that helps the unemployed find jobs. You have Recruiters for companies with tons of jobs who are trying their hardest to find top talent and you have millions of job seekers searching for new jobs or their first jobs. The Recruiters have the same complaint that hard to find candidates seem like they don't exist and job seekers also feel like the companies are listing jobs but no one ever actually sees their resumes, or they just never plan on filling those positions. The thing that is missing from this equation is an actual connection and follow through. Probably the most common reason for this lack of follow through of lack of connection is time. Job Seekers need to be more proactive and tweak their resumes and Recruiters need to take that extra time to engage the Job Seekers, especially in the world of Social Recruiting (There is a great video on Social Recruiting there). Here are a few things that could help to mend the disconnect for both the Recruiters and the Job Seekers.

Job Seekers

I know that you have a million things to do and you have hundreds of places you are submitting your resume to. The problem is that just submitting your resume isn't enough. If you don't seem to be getting a lot of call backs, even though you have the right skills for the job, it might be the resume you're sending. When you are applying for jobs, you have to show the skills that are relevant for that particular listing and then alter your resume again for the next submission. Yes this takes a lot more time, but at the same time your resume will have a better chance at standing out because you have now clearly shown why you are the top candidate and you have used the keywords from the job description which can help to make your resume stand out.

By using the terminology from the job description and making sure that your skills match what the description is looking for by altering your resume to show why your experience is relevant for that role, you have made the Recruiters life a lot easier and will probably have a better shot at getting more interviews.  It takes more time, but it is worth it if you are serious about trying to get that job. 


I understand your day is extremely busy and you have a ton of heat coming down on you to find candidates. The issue that comes in from the other end is that job seekers feel like no one is on the other end of the tunnel. When you are in Linked In or Jobfox or other job sites where Social Recruiting is a huge part of the system, you have to try to schedule your day so that you can log in for an hour or even 3 or 4 15 minute intervals throughout the day.

The thing is that when you start reaching out to people inside these sites, they are there to connect to you. If they are reaching out or you are reaching out to them, you have to be there and be there regularly to keep their interest. If you aren't readily available or logging in a couple of times a day then you are not doing your part of the connection and interaction that these social sites need for both parties to succeed. This also means that the candidates may lose interest in your companies and you lose access to their network of professionals which could have the talent you are looking for because you have only been available when you needed something or had the time.

Time management is hard, especially as a Recruiter. The thing is that if you want to be in Social Recruiting you have to make time for the social part.  This means that you have to be available to the people you reach out to and you should probably react and respond to the people who contact you, whether or not they are the right fit for the job. Remember that they have access to other professionals who might be right for your other hard to fill positions.  To make your time spent on the social recruiting sites more efficient, you could try using some of these methods.

1. Create some general responses where you can type one or two sentences to make them customized for the particular job seeker. This lets them know you are there and you are reading their messages, you just may be to busy to respond to them right now.  Letting the job seeker know you are there is more than half of the battle.  

2. During lunch, take 15 minutes to log in and see if any new connections are being made or if anyone has responded to any of your requests. You should also do this for the last 15 minutes of your day. Once you are home, log in one more time to check for responses and requests in the evening for the passive candidates who had to work all day and couldn't respond to you during the day. By doing this you have been in for a short amount of time each day so yoru entire day isn't thrown off and you have been active in the network.  These three logins shouldn't have to much of an effect on your day, considering that these are times that are usually underutilized. Also, giving 15 minutes a day up on work nights isn't the end of the world and that is when you may have access to the really hard to find Type A talent.

The bottom line is that time is an issue from both ends. If Job Seekers take the time to alter and customize their resumes they can make their job search much more effective. If Recruiters could find a way to reorganize their day to fit time in to be on the Social Recruiting sites, then they are doing their part to show that real people are out there with jobs and they are trying to connect with Job Seekers. Think about how your day is being spent and how you can better organize to make these connections with Recruiters and Job Seekers.


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