How do you land an entry-level recruiter role?
The strategy outlined below will minimize your job search time. This article will provide the best results if you will either be searching for such a role soon or hoping to accelerate the pace of your job search process. As a note, if you would like a more tailored strategy for the technical recruiter role, we will provide relevant reading at the end of this article.
Oh to be recruited for a recruiter role. Standing out at an entry level requires casting a wide net, a set of internal referrals as well as solid application materials.
First, you want to find about 15 companies that are actively hiring for technical recruiters. The best way to find them is through AngelList.
Since many of these companies may be smaller in nature, you will have to do some homework to vet them properly. Rank these in order of your interest; we will start from the bottom of the list.
For each company, you want to send their head of recruiting (usually a CHRO or CEO) a brief 2 paragraph email. In the first paragraph, you should introduce yourself and share how you came across the company. Your second paragraph should express your interest in their open technical recruiter position and share your willingness to “try out” for the position.
If crafted well, this can result in a customized application process for you.
Now, you need to make sure all the checkboxes are ticked. The first step is to ensure your resume is up to par. You can use this tool to receive either a free, peer critique or a paid, professional critique from a veteran technical recruiter. Next, you want to complete the customized application process they have created for you.
Even if they do not explicitly suggest this, it is important to come prepared with a report outlining your approaches and analyses along the way. This will demonstrate not only your ability to get the job done but also your thoughtfulness along the way.
For a more in-depth strategy focused on technical recruiter role, please read this related article