7 Things Recruiters Want to See from Job Seekers

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By Lisa Hutchinson

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7-Things-Recruiters-Want-to-See-from-Job-Seekers.jpgRecruiters typically deal with quite a few job seekers. In order to stand out and demonstrate your willingness to put in the work necessary to find a job, you need to put in a concerted effort. 


In fact, there are seven things you can do to impress recruiters and attract attention.

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1. Tailored Job Search

Recruiters are pros; they can tell when you’ve been sending out the same template to every single job, no matter what it is. 

Making adjustments to each application so that it reflects the unique demands of the job you’re applying for and the skills you have that make you a good fit is something you seriously need to be doing. It’s something recruiters will take notice of.

2. Social Media Presence

Social media is increasingly used as a platform by recruiters to find job seekers and evaluate their level of suitability for certain positions. Having a strong social media presence that helps bolster your credibility can be very beneficial for you. 

Considering how expensive the hiring process is, anything that can help recruiters get a better idea of your personality is a bonus.

3. Strong Communication Skills

Being able to communicate clearly is very important. Any correspondence you’re exchanging with your recruiter should be polished and without mistakes. Grammar errors or messy syntax demonstrate that you haven’t put in the work necessary and that you may not be serious about finding a job.

When you communicate clearly, the recruiter can get abetter sense of your abilities.

4. Research Skills

Looking for a job is work; you need to be researching the fields you’d like to work in, the jobs you’re interested in, and the companies that have positions open.

When recruiters see that you’ve done your homework, they’ll also see that you’re a serious job seeker who is ready to take on the workforce. Don’t sit back and expect things to happen for you or for recruiters to handle everything.

5. Strong Presentation

The saying “dress for the job you want, not the job you have,” might be a bit cliché, but it actually carries a lot of truth. You should always look your best whenever you meet with a recruiter.

First impressions are a big deal; they can have a lasting impact on recruiters and employers alike. Each time you meet with someone in a formal business setting, you should be attired accordingly. Looking sloppy or dishevelled can genuinely cost you a job.

6. Enthusiasm

We all know that looking for a job can be stressful and draining, but giving off the impression to a recruiter that you’re not excited about your job hunt (or about future jobs, for that matter) doesn’t leave a good impression.

Enthusiasm and positivity can have a huge impact on your job search and on the willingness of others to assist you. Demonstrate your passion to the recruiters; they can help you channel that into a job that’s right for you.

7. Follow Up

Many recruiters lament the lack of follow-up they receive from job seekers. It’s such a simple thing to do, and yet so many people fail to follow up with recruiters after they’ve met.

Following up is a great idea for several reasons. First, it emphasizes your enthusiasm and determination to the recruiter. Second, it helps you stick out amongst the other job seekers they’re dealing with. After you’ve met with recruiters, send them a simple email thanking them for the meeting and touching on some of the things you talked about. It can make a difference.


Lisa Hutchinson

I started with Liberty Staffing in 2004 as the Regional Business Manager of the London office. I have over 20 years of experience in the customer service and retail sectors, as well as leadership experience including Store Management, People Development and Recruiting. In 2016, our London location moved to a larger office in order to accommodate growth of our business, which included adding a Clerical Division.

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