The day has finally come – a recruiter found you contacted you on LinkedIn, sent you an email, or called you directly. They have a position that is a perfect match for your skill set. So what should you do now? We’re breaking down the first 5 things you should do once a recruiter contacts you.
Think about it
Before you respond, take a moment to think about where you are in your career. Yes, you may be perfectly happy where you are now, but what will that look like a year from now? Can you see yourself growing in your current position? No matter how comfortable you are right now, it’s always worth further conversation. In today’s candidate-driven market, it’s a great opportunity to explore your options and potentially take the next step in your career or secure yourself a raise.
Look up the company
Whether you were contacted by a recruiter that works directly for the company or a third-party recruiter, the first thing you need to do is research. If someone who works for the company itself contacted you, you need to do some due diligence! Visit the company’s website to get a feel for their culture and vision. While you’re there, see if you can find a description of the job you have been recruited for. It’s always a good idea to venture out and check out some of their social media as well – right off the bat, is this somewhere you could imagine yourself working?
If it was a third-party that reached out, you may not know the actual company’s name yet. Instead, check out the recruiter’s LinkedIn profile. Do they have good recommendations? Do they share relevant news to your industry? Quickly browse the recruiting company’s website – they may have even written some blogs that will help you prep for the next few steps.
Refresh your resume
It probably goes without saying, but the recruiter is going to want a copy of your updated resume. Whether you updated it a few months ago, a year ago, or you can’t remember the last time, you will need to look at it with a fresh set of eyes. Are all of your recent achievements listed? Is it tailored to highlight your experience most relevant to the position you’re being recruited for? If you need some help in this department, visit our resume archive for advice on everything from whether you should list your address or not to the most important things to include.
It can be really exciting to be recruited. The best thing you can do as a candidate is prepared!