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How to Network With Recruiters Like a Pro

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Do you spend every day wondering how you can network with dream employers?

Social recruiting has become a very popular way for employers to connect with talented candidates like you! Many employers are using social media to advertise their company culture and open positions to attract Millennial job seekers. Because of social recruiting, this has become the perfect opportunity for you to network with recruiters from your dream employer before you even apply for the job.

Recruiters aren’t just using social media to dig up reasons why they shouldn’t hire you, but they’re searching for reasons why you are the best candidate for their company. Did you know 29 percent of hiring managers found something on a candidate’s profile that drove them to offer them a job? This goes to show how important social media is to your success in landing a job.

By networking with recruiters, you will be able to build a personal connection with the company you have always dreamed of working for. If you’re wondering how you can start building these relationships, check out these ideas to help you get your name heard by recruiters:

Start following companies you want to work for.

If you want to get your foot in the door at your dream company, start following the companies you want to work for. Not only will this help you stay up-to-date on their latest news, but also you will have the opportunity to discover who their recruiters, employees, and management are. Once you start following a company you want to work for, search their followers for similar connections you may have. You should also start following the company’s recruiters and hiring managers. This will help you make connections fast and start getting your name out their to the company.

Interact with the company’s social media profiles.

Once you start following companies you want to work for, begin interacting with their different social media accounts. Follow the company’s Facebook page, Twitter profile, and LinkedIn company page and join their LinkedIn groups. After you follow their accounts, it’s time to begin engaging with the company. Like and comment on their Facebook posts and share their content with your networks.

Start conversations online and take them offline.

Now that you’ve made connections with recruiters on LinkedIn and Twitter, it’s time to start building that relationship offline. Ask the recruiter to exchange emails so you can ask questions about what it’s like to work for their company and employment opportunities they have available. The goal of exchanging conversation through emails should be to set up an informational interview over the phone or in-person. You want to build a relationship with recruiters and employers, so be personable and make the effort to take the relationship offline.

Once you make a connection, follow up periodically.

After connecting with a recruiter and establishing a relationship, make sure you maintain the relationship. This can consist of emailing the recruiter periodically just to check in or share what you’re currently doing with your career search. If you have already provided your resume to the recruiter, be sure to send updated versions of your resume as you gain more experience and skills. You can also follow up with the recruiter on Twitter or LinkedIn. But remember, always be professional and have a purpose when contacting the recruiter.

Networking with recruiters is a powerful strategy for your career search, especially for landing your dream job. Now that you know how to network with recruiters, connecting with your dream employer won’t feel as intimidating. Networking with recruiters is one of the most proactive things you can do for your job search. By creating these connections, you will be one step closer to landing the job you’ve always wanted.

Do you network with recruiters? How has your job search benifitted from having these connections?

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