I Want You to Want Me!
I Want You to Want Me! Getting Recruiters Interested in You
Unless you are Mark Zuckerberg or Jamie Dimon, chances are you won’t have people beating down your door in an attempt to get you to work for them. For those of us who are not high-level executives or world-renowned masters of our field, it can be difficult to attract recruiters’ interest. While your level of talent is a significant factor in getting recruiters to take notice (and maybe a little luck plays into it too), there are a multitude of things that you can be doing to not only get your name out there, but get recruiters to notice it as well. Here are three things to start off with:
1. Maintain a positive online presence. The internet has probably been the single-most important advancement made in our lifetimes. You can and should use it as a method of exposure for yourself. Joining relevant discussion forums and being active even in such ways as joining Facebook or LinkedIn groups that recruiters look at and having a relevant presence by posting insightful and thought-provoking content will reveal you to be a step above the next fellow, who probably will not have taken quite the same initiative as you have. Speaking from personal experience with this via Twitter, recruiters will definitely take note.
Also, keep in mind that every single one of us has a digital footprint, unless you are a hermit that resides deep in the woods and communicates via messenger pigeon or smoke signals. Recruiters can and do use the internet to aid them when it comes to researching candidates so make sure that cute but mildly offensive picture that you posted last week on Facebook is private, that your Twitter feed is more on the tame side, and that your LinkedIn profile matches up perfectly with your CV and projects the same positive image that you wish your potential employers to see. Furthermore, use LinkedIn to your advantage by connecting with the recruiters at those companies or firms that interest you. This will land you high up on their search results and act as a beneficial indicator for them, showing you as an engaged, interested, and serious potential hiree.
2. Get out in the real world. Now legally speaking, stalking is a crime. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t take an active interest in a company or firm and follow them by way of job fairs, open days they might hold, informational seminars, and making your presence known through other outreach mechanisms that they have in place. This will resound with the recruiters that are sent to these events and make you known to them even before you officially reach out to their company or firm with the prospect of employment in mind.
Additionally, taking part in such things as social clubs and organizations that are particularly relevant to your future are great ways to get your name out there. Your law university will most definitely have some sort of clubs that you can start off with and once you’ve finished university, find out what other sorts of possibilities exist to continue this. For example, the firm McKinsey & Company sponsored the World Universities Debating Championship in 2013 and Clifford Chance sponsored The Cambridge IV in 2012 and even recruited from some of the participants at these events. Another great way to get yourself out there is finding out where various company or firm hang-out spots are and introducing yourself to some of the folks at the workplaces that you’re interested in. However, it’s important at all times to keep your goals in the foreground and maintain a sense of professionalism and courtesy.
3. Making first contact. An interesting tactic that would definitely raise a few eyebrows (in a positive manner) is making contact with the company or firm’s HR department and setting up some sort of sit-down where you get a chance to show them that the possibility of employment there intrigues you and you might want to pursue it further. If you have the credentials to back it up, you can use this as a good starting point for a dialogue between yourself and the company/firm and indicate a sense of professionalism as well as subtly hinting that you do have other possibilities on your horizon and they should be serious about your candidacy.