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How-To Guide for Recruiters Seeking Work

It’s not an easy line of work: recruiting. Even before a pandemic. There are endless tasks to be done and the right hires can make or break the business. It’s high pressure, demanding — and even more so with the pressure put on the resources that you do have in place today. ADP’s National Employment Report showed private sector labor decline by more than 20.2 million positions in the month of April. If you were impacted, we’re with you and if you are a recruiter, we want to help you! 

We have good news and bad news.

The bad news is that ADP’s National Employment Report showed private sector labor decline by more than 20.2 million positions in the month of April, and undoubtedly some of the positions affected are in the recruiting space. 

The good news is that as a recruiter, you have valuable experience managing the talent lifecycle that can make or break a business. Your time in this high pressure, demanding role, makes you an ideal candidate for companies hiring in your industry. 

Today, we’re interviewing Lever’s leading technical recruiter, Chez Jennings, about the most effective strategies to find work as a recruiter in 2020.

Q: What’s your top piece advice for recruiters looking for work at this time?

Chez: Leverage your connections and ask for help. Remember that sourcing is in your blood and no one can create a better network than you.

Create lists of people to reach out to in your network: 

  • Former colleagues
  • R4R recruiters (e.g. recruiters who recruiter other recruiters)
  • Agency contacts
  • Online slack communities like Resources for Humans, #people, people geeks
  • Recruiter Facebook groups
  • Recruiter email lists like Recruiting Brainfood *his newsletter also has an excellent recruiter job board included

Pro Tip: Follow recruiting leaders at your favorite companies on social media and set up job alerts.

Q: What does an agency recruiter do if let go at this time?

Chez: If you’ve been affected as an agency recruiter, think about the clients that you used to support especially those that were happy customers. Can they support you with referrals? Many companies are looking for ways to show support during this stressful time, so it’s likely they would be happy to provide a testimonial for their work with you.

Q: What online platforms do you recommend updating?

Chez: First and foremost, be sure to clean up your Linkedin. You’ll want to first complete your bio, experience, skills. Ask yourself questions as you provide this detail. For instance, what types of industries and companies have you supported? What roles have you filled? What’s your specialty? 

The more specific you are the more likely you are to show up in searches. And always ask colleagues across the core functions you support for recommendations.

Q: What makes for the best recruiting resume?

Chez: Updating your resume can make a big difference. Be sure to highlight recent accomplishments. Again, ask yourself questions as you work to build the best resume. How did you positively impact the business? What processes did you improve and how?

The best talent metrics to highlight are: time to hire, offer acceptance, number of roles closed, billing accomplishments, etc.

Q: What if someone reading the article has done all of these things and still isn’t making progress — what do you recommend? 

Chez: If you’ve been laid off, you can include your contact information on this list. Attend any free virtual networking events to make connections. Most importantly, use this time to grow your skill set in these areas: online learning, webinars, training, etc.

Final Thoughts: Recruiters Seeking Work

If you have the luxury to take time with your search, be super intentional. Check out contract options like Fiverr or Upwork. Depending on your desired industry it’s likely there will be many more opportunities in the next 6 months. And when in doubt, always look at online lists like this one for help. Our latest Webinar on Talent Optimization united HR leaders across many technologies to help. Watch the webinar to get ideas about where to focus on in your next interview.