There are many communication channels that you can use to connect with recruiters. From web-forms to the phone, to LinkedIn to social media to in-person meetings, there are several tools and methods to communicate with recruiters. The critical universal advice when communicating with recruiters is as professional as you can. It might be hard to switch gears between talking with friends and family in a casual manner o communicating with recruiters in a more formal professional manner, here the Jobs in GTA team has collected few tips to help you to interact with recruiters.
Unless you are Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg, you shouldn’t rock the t-shirt look in a meeting with a recruiter. Keep your dress code formal or business casual. Maintain your professionalism by thinking of your words before you speak. Have a firm handshake.
It is also recommended to practice your 30-seconds elevator pitch (link to the previous blog on the elevator pitch), this way, you will be comfortable when introducing yourself.
ON THE PHONE
Whether you are inquiring about a position, or responding to a recruiter request or having a telephone interview, you should manage your stress. When communicating with recruiters on the phone, you need to take or make the call in a quiet room with limited distractions. This way, you will remain focused and composed during the call. Maintain your professionalism all the time, meaning:
- no need to joke or appear funny
- focus on the positive aspects of your career and do not bad-mouth your current or previous employer
- speak openly and think of what you will say before you say it
- do not panic if the recruiter pauses, they may be taking notes while talking to you
- keep a copy of your resume and the job post in front of you while talking to the recruiter for a quick reference when needed
ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are tricky as you might be used to use these platforms in a casual manner. You might have been posting silly photos, cat videos, and posts on your political views. Unless you are ready for any consequences, you need to keep your profile on these platforms free of any shame-causing posts. More than 50% of recruiters and employers check the social media profiles of candidates. If you are not comfortable communicating with recruiters and employers via Facebook and other non-professional social media networks set your privacy settings to limit access to your posts and contents on social media. Otherwise, you can comfortably communicate with potential employers and recruiters via social media.
However, keep in mind that you have to maintain your professional attitude at all the times. Keep the tone of your messages formal yet friendly. Edit your messages and be aware of spelling mistakes and typos. It is always preferable to use other communication channels before using the easy route of social media. So, consider sending professional emails or even call the recruiter on the phone before sending a message or responding to a recruiter’s message via Facebook or Twitter.
Of all the social networking platforms, LinkedIn is the most professional. Connecting with recruiters on LinkedIn starts with having an active profile. Review your profile, complete all the required sections and make sure to post relevant professional posts or share professional articles related to your field. Keep the jokes and viral videos to other platforms.
When sending a message to a recruiter on LinkedIn, keep it brief, professional and informative. Keep the most important information within the first few sentences as recruiters receive tonnes of messages every day.
Use a formal tone, but not so rigid. Do not crowd the message with too many pieces of information, and do not repeat what is on your profile. Focus on catching the recruiter’s attention in the beginning, and they will check your full profile on their own.
There are tested and trusted email etiquette rules that when followed, will help you maintain your professionalism while communicating with recruiters via email. The starting point is using a professional email address. You might have created a silly email address when you were a teenager, but it is annoying to the recruiter to receive email messages from email addresses that sound unprofessional like ‘thathotguy’, or ‘thecutegirl’. Try to get a professional email using your first and last names.
It is also important to personalize your message by using the recruiter name and include some specific information about their company and the job post.
Keep your message concise and to-the-point, and do not neglect proof-reading it a couple of times before you hit the ‘send’ button.