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The search process

Searching for your ideal role

What recruiters want you to know about job searching  

This comes from Andrew Seaman, a journalist for LinkedIn on the job search.  

The hiring process contains a large cast of characters. You, as a job seeker, are one of the most important players in that production. Recruiters play an equally important role, though. They are your guides and the main points of contact with potential employers.  

Have patience 

The hiring process is not known for speed under the best circumstances. As companies freeze or delay hiring, it’s especially important to have patience and remember that everyone wishes the process could move more quickly. 

“Things never move as fast as you think that they should, but patience really is a virtue and one that will be rewarded,” wrote Cindy. 

Reach out 

Recruiters exist to help move talented professionals into a company’s workforce. You shouldn’t be afraid to reach out to them — even if you know the company isn’t hiring or doesn’t have a position for you at the moment. 

“Recruiters, like myself, are looking for candidates proactively for when the market turns but might not have a lot of openings depending on the industry they support,” wrote Chelsea.  

Get ready 

In addition to researching where you want to work and activating your professional network, many recruiters said it’s important to set aside time to get your various materials ready and to prepare for virtual job interviews. 

Andre suggests you make sure that the experience listed on your resume aligns with your LinkedIn profile, for example. On your resume, you should be specific with your professional summary. Also, don’t forget to tout your accomplishments. “No matter what position you’ve had try to list major accomplishments. Think money, cost savings, and numbers or percentages when necessary,” he added. 

“The new norm is having numerous phone/video interviews to secure an opportunity,” wrote Sergio. “Even through those avenues, you need to be able to clearly articulate your skillset and let your personality show.” 

If you’re still struggling with your materials and interviewing techniques, you may also want to consider expert help. “You will save yourself very valuable time, lost wages, and lost opportunities which will become fewer and fewer,” said Steve.