How to “Woo” a Recruiter and Land Your Dream Job

Struggling to find your significant other the perfect Valentine’s Day gift? If I may make a suggestion: woo a recruiter. Stop scratching your head and let me explain.

Work-related stress is a leading cause of relationship squabbles. While landing your dream job won’t resolve all relationship woes, it will give you and your significant other one less thing to squabble over, and as a result, likely improve your relationship. So, do yourself and your loved one a favor this Valentine’s Day: woo a recruiter!

So how do you do that?

  • Get relationship-ready. The best way to become a high performer is to connect with people in your industry, showcase your knowledge by sharing relevant information, and start thought provoking conversations in groups.”
  • Do your homework. Take time to learn about the company that we work for and it’s a great help when someone reaches out to me regarding a specific position rather than stating ‘please take a look at my resume and let me know if I am a fit for any position in your company.’”
  • Shoot straight. If I ask you a question, give me a straight answer. Don’t say what you guess I want to hear and don’t hide information that you know I will need to represent you. I can’t be your advocate if I can’t trust you.
  • Emphasize your compatibility. 
  • Share your story. An engaging note with a bit of a story makes me want to pass your info along, even if I can’t help you myself. Many recruiters get countless connection requests everyday. Send a personal message and make yourself more than just another avatar.
  • Call me.“Recruiters sift through so many applications a day yet it still amazes me how few candidates actually pick up the phone to follow up and sell themselves to me and follow up your application with a timely phone call a few days later. You may be surprised with the response.
  • But don’t appear too desperate. Demonstrate you know the difference between responsible follow-up and stalking
  • Be confident.Be confident and prove yourself not just with your skills and what’s listed on the resume and cover letter but with your email skills, a phone call where you display phone etiquette and assertive confidence. Every single connection you have with the company MUST prove that there is a reason I should hire you.

So there you have it. Woo a recruiter this Valentine’s Day, land your dream job, and live happily ever after. If all else fails, you can’t go wrong with a box of chocolates, tickets to a game or long stemmed red roses.