Dear candidates, be bold. Connect with recruiters. It has its perks.

Published on: March 14th, 2019

#recruiting #it

Nowadays, recruiters are facing a lot of challenges when it comes to hiring the right talent in order to fulfill their hiring authorities' needs.

If you are thinking to make a change, don’t let faith or destiny be the ones presenting their opportunities to you (or recruiters, for that matter 😉). Maybe the right opportunity doesn’t get to be presented to you because the recruiter didn’t contact you, but this doesn’t mean you can't reach out to them.

I encourage you to be bold. Try to connect with recruiters, contact them, find out what kind of opportunities they have, and, after that, you can evaluate if one of them is suitable for your career. Don’t just wait to be contacted, because some jobs are not listed on the market. You can find below why.

Here are three scenarios that maybe you haven’t considered:

  • It might be a confidential position. It hasn’t been communicated inside the organization because it might be a higher role (management, lead, architect, etc.) or maybe the company is trying to replace someone/or the person who is on that role is at risk.
  • The role hasn’t been confirmed 100% yet, but the recruiter is already on the lookout to fill that position.
  • The role was not listed and promoted on the job market. Instead of posting a job opening, employers can choose alternatives such as hiring internally, using a recruiting firm or headhunters, and relying on referrals from current employees. It’s called the hidden job market.

70% of jobs are not advertised. That’s a lot of hidden roles you might be missing out.

So, by not taking initiative, you might lose opportunities that you are not aware of.

On the other hand, I’ve heard that some of you think that if you contact a recruiter asking for a job, the recruiter will be under the impression that you are desperate. That’s not true! A good recruiter will always appreciate that you are forthcoming, genuinely interested in making a change, and he/she will try to see if he/she has a matching position for you.

Clearly state what you're looking for and what you don't want. Prepare a brief description about what your interests are, what are you good at, how quickly are you looking to make the transition, and even how much you want to make. This way the recruiters can respond back immediately.

Create opportunities for you, don’t let the other party offer it first, because the timing might not be the best. And you might lose something that you are not aware of.


With love, for humans!

Cristina Cherecheș