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Cancer and Careers Guest Blogger on September 22, 2011
I am a recruiter. If you don’t know what I do, don’t worry. My dad still thinks I am Bill Gates’ right hand man. He’s proud of me, so I just let it go.
My function in the hiring process is simple. I am a middle man. I listen to hiring manager needs, go out and find candidates, submit them to the manager and then hope the stars are aligned.
When I receive a new job order, the first thing I do is hit my network. I’ve been in the business for several years and like all good recruiters I have a large network of professional associates built up on sites such as LinkedIn and Google+. (I reserve my Facebook relationships for family and friends.) You, as a professional, should have an account on at least one of the networking sites out there. [Handy side note: EVERYTHING you post on the internet is written in ink. Permanent, tattoo ink that cannot be erased without pain and scarring. It can be buried with a bunch of other stuff, but it’ll always be there. I’ve seen a lot of people get/lose jobs because of the information they post online. For tips on managing your online presence read this great CAC article: http://www.cancerandcareers.org/en/looking-for-work/online-image.]
Once I have the ball rolling on leads, I then hit the net. Monster, Dice, and CareerBuilder are all great sites for resume posting. Something to remember: The big three are free for you the job seeker, but companies pay a LOT of money to post jobs and access your information. This typically means large companies with larger marketing budgets. If you’re looking to get into a smaller company, stick to the free/low cost sites.
One such site is CraigsList, where it’s free to post your resume, and it’s free for me the recruiter to search for you. It’s also very inexpensive for employers to post jobs. Because it’s so cheap, the scammers run rampant. As with anything, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Word to the wise: NEVER NEVER NEVER give too much information when you first reply to a post. If there is no company listed, give your name, email, and a brief introduction max. In this world of professional scammers, it’s better to be cautious.
So, let’s talk about posting your resume and how to get noticed. Here are a few of the things I tell friends and professionals alike.
Now that I’ve found a resume that I like, after searching through 100’s or even 1000’s of candidates, I reach out.
You’re likely going to have a lot of questions for your recruiter, and my job is to explain as much to you as possible. Rate range, job duration, company information, how long the position has been open, manager personality, etc. My job is to make the candidate experience as pleasant as possible, and help the manager fill their open job quickly.
And at the end of the day, I know I’m putting folks back to work, one resume at a time.
Kathy Akers has over 10 years of experience recruiting in the high tech/information technology field. After losing a dear friend to breast cancer, she is passionate about cancer research helping those that are not able to help themselves.