IT Recruiting-How Recruiters Find You Online

One of our local recruiters, will appear on Channel 7 on Friday, May 3rd to talk about how to F.I.S.H. for your next job. This acronym is an easy way to remember how to find your perfect job, without spending hours online. F.I.S.H stands for:

Find yourself using Google

Invest in your Online Profiles

Share your expertise online

House – as in get out of the house – Less than 20% of jobs are found through online job boards, so don’t spend more than 20% of your time on that method.  The other 80% should be spent networking and in direct contact with hiring managers.

He will delve into more detail on the show, but in the meantime, here is how to make yourself the most visible online to potential recruiters. This applies whether you’re in the IT field, or any other field, because most recruiters look for you online in much the same way.

IT Recruiting-How Recruiters Find You Online

Employment is an ocean of possibilities. Every job applicant is a fisherman who seeks to catch a fish— a recruiter or a job— through the use of his/her qualifications and credentials. As an applicant gathers the courage to face risks, they cast the fishing rod, and wait for their next big catch.

If you are currently looking for a job, good news, you are about to unravel the secrets on how to successfully fish for jobs!

With the Internet making radical changes to the way we live and work, the key is to strategize. Planning is necessary for wise use of your time, resources and effort. Here are just a few tips to help you get started.

Job Boards. Job boards are always a great place to start. Most companies still use job boards (or job banks) to advertise open positions within their companies. Check out reputable job boards such as Indeed.com, Monster.com, Careerbuilder.com, and even USAjobs.gov. There are thousands of job boards out there, so the possibilities are limitless. All you need is a little bit of patience and of course, a good internet connection. Job boards are websites that allow you to search and apply for job openings online, access valuable career resources, and even save your résumé for employers or recruiters to access and review. Recruiters and hiring managers prefer using job boards because of its convenience. With a few keystrokes typing in specific skills needed and voila! The résumés of all qualified candidates are found.

If You’re Going to Make a Friend Online, Make it a Recruiter. Recruiters use a variety of channels to find qualified talents. With a few simple queries, recruiters can collect résumés of top notch candidates from job boards. They also get numerous emailed résumés from candidates accessing their companies’ websites. Not all recruiters and headhunters are the same, so they don’t all use the same job boards. Dice.com is solely focused on technical recruiting (information technology/I.T., telecommunications, etc.) while CEG Partners focuses more on Indeed.com for both technical recruitment and executive search.

Create a Well-Crafted Résumé. The time to impress a prospective employer is not only during the interview. Even before you get an interview, you must first make a great first impression on paper.  Whether you’re applying online via email or posting your résumé on a job board, be it a digital copy of your résumé or the traditional paper kind, you need a résumé that will articulate your strengths and accomplishments. Online applications are now widely used, so don’t worry much about the form. The key is the quality of the content, as well as how your information is being presented. We provide resume writing services here if you’d like more information: Resume Writing.

It’s worthwhile to invest in a professionally written résumé. Don’t just hire a writer, but hire someone who has both the résumé writing skills and several years of recruitment experience. An experienced résumé writer who has recruiting experience knows how to effectively optimize your résumé by the use of search engine optimization (SEO) keywords. SEO is no longer an exclusive term in information technology (I.T.) and marketing industries; SEO is something most professionals should be aware of. It includes incorporating specific keywords such as program management, Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Kaizen, or Continuous Improvement. It is a wise online technique that aids the emergence of your profile on search engines.

Capitalize on Social Media. Social media and networking sites, like LinkedIn and Facebook, are good avenues for being found online by recruiters. Use these tools to your advantage to communicate, connect and find opportunities. The use of these sites not only gives potential employers a peek at your qualifications and skills, but also gives them a hint of who you are as a person and as a professional. While all these social media and networking sites are designed to connect people, they are used for different types of connections. The most profound difference between LinkedIn and other social media sites is that LinkedIn focuses on professional networking. Even if you’re not intentionally using your Facebook account to find jobs, create a “career-friendly” profile by marketing your strengths as a professional.  You never know if your friend Jane has a friend who’s a CEO of a company or an executive/technical recruiter looking to fill in a critical position. Join online professional groups not only to network, but to also keep abreast of new trends, techniques and/or methodologies in your field.

Regardless if you’re using Facebook and/or LinkedIn, or any other type of social media sites, you need to maintain self-awareness and responsibility. Whether you like it or not, the things you post online can sway other people’s opinion of you. Here’s more about LinkedIn from a previous blog post: LinkedIn Privacy Settings.

There’s No Shame in “Googling” Yourself. Actually do yourself a favor and do it today! Having an online presence is an excellent way to connect with family, friends, build new friendships, and to advance your career. However, it does come with a cost. With the global proliferation of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the like), anyone can post false and/or unflattering information and photos of you. Just recently, a dedicated middle school Science school teacher in California was terminated after the administration found out that she worked in the “adult entertainment” industry information she failed to disclose during her recruitment process). Your reputation is everything, especially in the job search process. So be familiar with how the world sees you, and how it can affect all aspects of your life. “Google” yourself every once in a while and in extreme cases, solicit the help of a company specializing in online reputation management if needed (a growing niche industry).

Blog It. With the advancements in technology, people are getting creative on how to professionally market themselves, their services and their products. You can create a website that showcases your résumé, accomplishments and presents your portfolio of work. You can create a blog showcasing your expertise and interests. Take this opportunity to make use of your writing skills, and customize your blog to accentuate your strengths. Blogs provide you with an interesting, creative ways to catch the attention of recruiters or employers. Of course, having a blog is not a sure-fire way of getting a job, but it sure helps if you incorporate this in your search process. Know the guidelines of blog writing to make it work to your advantage. Again, something you can research online.

I hope you enjoyed these tips that could help you succeed at grabbing the attention of recruiters if you are planning to venture into the modern ways of the world of employment. Try them and you may catch the biggest fish your industry has to offer.

CEG Partners is experienced in consulting, executive recruiting and technical recruiting.  Our recruiting practice includes – IT recruiting, IT staffing, Telecom staffing, as well as sourcing IT consultants for many of our clients. Our consulting practice includes – Program Management, Six Sigma (and Lean Six Sigma), LTE (Long Term Evolution), Customer Experience, Customer Retention, Process Improvement, Customer Loyalty, and Employee Surveys.

Please contact us for all your consulting and recruiting needs whether you are a job seeker or an employer.