The Best Way for IT Contractors to Stay Top-of-Mind to a Recruiter
Over the past couple months, we shared some posts with tips on how independent contractors can become a top-of-mind candidate to recruiters, as well as some things that get candidates into their bad books. The information came from the results of a survey we did among Eagle recruiters which revealed many interesting facts. One of reoccurring points involved communication. Connecting with your recruiter frequently and keeping them apprised of what's happening is a great way to get yourself to the top of their list, but too much communication in a harassing nature could have the opposite effect. Fortunately, in that same survey, we asked questions on this exact topic.
You probably connect frequently with a variety of recruiters when you're looking for a new contract. Do you keep communication open when you're not looking, though? Even if you're not on the market for a job, 70% of Eagle's recruiters would love to hear from their contractors once every 1-3 months. The remaining ones were split between saying more or less frequently, but the fact is, 100% of them do want to hear from you!
Connecting with your top recruiters doesn't have to be an onerous task. A simple email to check in and an update on your availability is all they need. If you'd like a more in-depth discussion, a phone call, coffee or networking event are also all great opportunities to catch-up. If that still seems like it could slip away from you, no need to worry. Half of the recruiters said they prefer to check in with you, either by phone or email. As long as you are in the habit of responding to emails or voicemails, you'll be one step ahead of many other IT contractors who fail to take the two minutes to say hi.
Finally, perhaps the easiest way to keep your favourite recruiters up-to-date on what you're doing is to connect with them on LinkedIn. A common marketing practice companies use on social media is to encourage customers and potential customers to follow their page, which shares product updates and value-added materials. The goal isn't to sell anything specific, but instead keep the brand top-of-mind so when a consumer does make a purchase, they'll think of that product. Your skills are the same! When you're active on LinkedIn with profile updates, sharing interesting articles and interacting with others, it automatically shows up in your recruiters' feeds. When a client requires skills that you possess, you're more likely to be top-of-mind and one of their first phone calls.
How often do you connect with your recruiters? Do they call you or do you need to reach out to them? Which do you prefer? Let us know in the comments below.