February 2, 2017 at 8:02 pm #671952
@Copa, Re: reaching out to people you don’t know, it’s best if you can get an introduction to them through someone you DO know. But that may be tough if you’re trying to change industries. Again, I think you’d have better luck with a recruiter who specializes in that field… and, like you said, meeting people at events and adding them on LinkedIn.February 3, 2017 at 10:35 am #672002
Do you have any tips for finding the best recruiters to talk to? The one company I know of, I only know of them because they contacted me a couple years ago about a position when I wasn’t looking to change jobs. They specialize in the field, which is nice, but I’d rather not rely on just one company/contact.
I did realize last night as I was searching LinkedIn that a former colleague of mine works in the type of position I’m trying to get into, but at a higher level than I’d be aiming for. She lives in a different city now, but I did meet her at this job, so she may have contacts here.
I’m super frustrated to have no answers about the job I interviewed for in December. I assume this is all leading toward eventual rejection, but the waiting game is hard for me.February 3, 2017 at 10:40 am #672005KateGuest
I don’t know, trying to find more recruiters is my next step, but I’ll start with googling executive recruiters for the two or three fields I’m applicable to, as well as LinkedIn searching for them. If keyword searching is how they find you, I think you can find them the same way.February 6, 2017 at 1:04 pm #672335
Since I updated my LinkedIn settings to show recruiters I’m looking late last week, I have had two reach out to me with positions that are a strong fit. Which suggests my profile has the right keywords. They message me and ask for my resume, and then set up phone interviews.
I noticed in one recruiter’s signature that she works for the Market Research Practice of a certain firm. I’d think you could keyword search for recruiters in X industry.
Finally, I read that the normal hit rate you’ll get from cold-applying online is 3% to 10%. If it’s higher, you’re in great shape. If lower, you need to tune up your resume and communications. I haven’t started cold applying yet, but I thought that was interesting.February 6, 2017 at 4:34 pm #672380KGuest
Recruiters usually welcome if you reach out via LinkedIn? I’m in a science field and I know recruiters don’t always work in that field. But maybe I could start looking to see if I can search for any science recruiters on LinkedIn.February 6, 2017 at 4:37 pm #672382
Definitely, and I think it would help to write them a note about who you are and what you’re looking for when you connect. Though they may not have anything immediately.February 6, 2017 at 5:26 pm #672385RedRoverRedRoverGuest
Does your employer see that setting though? That you’re looking? Or is it somehow private to just recruiters?February 6, 2017 at 5:29 pm #672386February 6, 2017 at 5:42 pm #672390
I turned that switch on and… crickets. I’m in a fairly niche area, and trying to get OUT of that.February 6, 2017 at 5:49 pm #672391
So you can’t get any keywords in there or follow the instructions in that link to show what kind of jobs you’re looking for? It’s too much of a stretch from where you are?February 6, 2017 at 6:08 pm #672392
I updated it accordingly, but I’m looking for something fairly specific. I took a scenic path to where I am not (i.e., have a graduate degree that’s totally irrelevant to what I’m doing, but is, I think, the reason I got a couple interviews off the bat last fall). I’ve always felt like job hunting is hard for someone who didn’t take a linear path from Point A to Point B because I have to defend why I’m not working in the field I went to grad school for every. single. time.February 7, 2017 at 10:36 am #672459
So when all of you update your LinkedIn profiles, do the descriptions/information you include match what’s on your resume? I’ve been doing what AAM suggests and making my resume more accomplishment-focused, but should LinkedIn be the same?