5 Rules to Follow When Responding to Recruiters

responding to recruiters

We’ve been over a lot of things on our blog – how to craft the perfect resume, how to write a compelling cover letter, how to nail your investment banking cover letter. It seems that we’ve been so focused on helping you find a job that we haven’t covered how to respond to a recruiter or hiring manager who has reached out to you!

At this point, you’re probably familiar with recruiters or hiring managers messaging you about job opportunities. Although it’s not a new tactic, proactively connecting with passive candidates has become a necessary component in hiring strategies as the job market grows more competitive. If you find yourself being recruited for a new role, keep these rules in mind when responding to recruiters.

Attach Your Resume

Attaching your resume is one of the golden rules when responding to recruiters. They might be reaching out because they found your LinkedIn profile, heard about you from a colleague, or found your resume on OneWire. Regardless of the reason, it’s important to attach your current resume for their reference. By doing so, you’ll ensure their information is current, for this role or for others they could be working on.

Tell Them About Yourself

One of our recruiters says the most helpful component of a candidate response is what you include about yourself. She recommends including a few sentences explaining what you currently do in your role, if you’re currently looking, and what you type of role you would be interested in. If you’re not interested in the role that’s being shared with you, offer a few examples of what you ARE looking for in your next career move. They might be able to set you up with another role they’re working on.

Stay in Your Wheelhouse

It’s exciting when a company is trying to recruit you for a role, but you shouldn’t say yes to an interview unless you know it’s the right fit. Take a look at the job spec they sent before responding. If it doesn’t match up with what you’re looking for, or your background, then politely reply to tell them you’re not interested. It’s not worth your time (or theirs) to go back and forth over a role that’s not a good fit.

Leverage Your Network

It’s okay if you don’t find the job interesting, or to our point above, maybe you just don’t think it would be a great fit. Instead of declining their invitation, offer to share the job out to your network. Not only would you be helping out the recruiter or hiring manager, but you’d have the chance to help a friend or colleague find a new role. It’s a great way to build relationships in case the status of your job search changes in the future!

Be Polite

You’d be shocked at the responses we’ve seen from candidates – single word replies, swear words, you name it. Recruiters and hiring managers are people too. It’s perfectly alright if you do not want to have a conversation with them but you absolutely need to be polite when responding to recruiters. If you are interested in the job, don’t demand salary information, don’t just write “yes”, and don’t send your resume without any sort of message. Rude replies are the one way you can guarantee you won’t hear back from the recruiter.

Being recruited for a job is certainly different than seeking one out yourself. Follow these tips when responding to recruiters/hiring managers and not only could you land a new job, but you could build a relationship with them for opportunities in the future.

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