How to get recruiters to notice you

January 14, 2010 at 11:00 am 1 comment

Despite all the statistics about the large number of applicants for every job opening these days, smart organizations and top recruiters pride themselves on being talent-finders — they don’t just scan through the resumes that come in but troll for talent online and through their established networks. So how do you catch their eye?

Experts say that to get noticed, you have to be where the recruiters are and then you must have something special that makes you stand out. Here are some tips for getting their attention and keeping it:

*Get going online on the sites where recruiters are looking for talent — LinkedIn and Twitter (Facebook less so, but it doesn’t hurt to be there as well). Recruiters hang out on LinkedIn — keeping an eye on the front-page feed and also jumping into discussion groups. The best way to get started there is to write and polish your LinkedIn profile, get active in groups and discussions (think strategically about groups where employers may be looking) and seek recommendations from others in your industry. Make plenty of connections — but strategic ones. Recruiters like Twitter as well because it’s quick and easy. The smart way to job search on Twitter is to follow recruiters with organizations where you’d like to work, by searching for your skill + recruiter + your geographic location.  Another way to get their notice: Retweet their tweets — that may well lead them to check out your Twitter profile, so make sure it’s up-to-date and polished.

*Seek out and then make the most of writing and speaking opportunities. Journalists have an inherent advantage here — we’re good at this. With all the self-publishing tools available these days, there’s no reason during a job search not to be writing — and showcasing your writing — on a regular basis. Contribute to a Web site (many are happy for contributions, especially if you’re willing to do so at  low cost) or online publication, start a blog, or post on others’ sites. Your free-lance work will get attention, too. The key is to make sure what you write is getting noticed — so make sure you’re promoting yourself online. And try to get a speaking spot at an industry conference or by just participating in a forum at a networking event. Again, promote this — recruiters are impressed by public speaking skills.

*Ask for referrals. Recruiters and hiring managers take notice of endorsements from others and especially from “names” in the industry. Even if they don’t have a particular opening then, the fact that their initial contact with you came with an endorsement makes a very good impression and they are likely to follow up.  Make sure the person referring you is specific about your skills and is referring you without hesitancy. (This could backfire if it’s a “He’s great, but…” endorsement.) And if you can pull it off, acting as though you weren’t necessarily looking but that you’d be happy to discuss an opening after someone has referred you lends a certain “they’re-coming-after-you” element that could make you more desirable to an employer.

*Refer others and help in the recruiting process. One way to make contact with a recruiter or hiring manager at an organization where you’d like to work is to recommend someone else (for a job not up your alley, of course). That can start a conversation and positive relationship with them that could lead to a future opportunity for you. If they hire this person, they are impressed with your skills and your generosity. Even if they don’t, you’ve gotten their attention. If you’re one of the many people on a quiet job hunt while still working, consider getting involved in recruitment at your company. Volunteer to help out at hiring fairs, to go through resumes and to check references. By doing this, you will be meeting other recruiters and hiring managers who may have leads on jobs that could interest you. Another bonus: You will be gaining useful information about how hiring really works and what recruiters really want in candidates. Then use this in your own search!

*As always, a variety of job leads to include:

*The following opening — to lead the Baltimore Sun’s digital media efforts — might be right for someone willing to commute to Baltimore or who already lives there:


Sam Davis
Ref ID:

Head of DIgital Media

Description Head of Digital Media:

Do you live for the future and not the present? Are you fearless and fueled by your passions about the possibilities for news and information? Can you lead meaningful change by inspiring those around you with a vision of tomorrow?

The Baltimore Sun is looking for a Head of Digital Media, someone who understands that news and information isn’t about deadlines, but rather a process without start or end.

The Head of Digital Media has the responsibility for overseeing Baltimore Sun Media Group digital content, directing the programming of BSMG sites and carrying out new online strategies, projects and rollouts.

We are looking for candidates who are creative, free-thinking, courageous, flexible and have their eyes firmly fixed on the horizon. We expect to aggressively compete for audience in the context of a cultural landscape where myriad options and competitors vie for attention.

The best candidate will possess a depth of knowledge about the business of new media and understand how to attract and build audiences that provide revenue growth. They will have an awareness and exploration of new technological tools and passionate about what’s on the horizon for digital media.

·        Has day-to-day oversight for the user experience on websites and mobile media as it relates to content and communities

·        Oversees new online strategies, projects and rollouts, including coordination with all the relevant groups to plan and implement them

·        Responsible for overseeing the market’s content selection of internally produced and externally generated content for portal home pages

·        Meets online audience and traffic goals

·        Collaborates with the sales team to support revenue goals

·        Establishes and supports online content management policies

·        Ensure editorial content is presented in a format that meets web usability standards and is consistent with company information design guidelines

·        Responsible for managing online content budget, including staffing, travel, freelance and training



·        Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field, or equivalent experience

·        Strong journalism/editorial background required

·        Fluency in Web technology and online content publishing required

·        At least 5 years of experience managing content sites as an editor/manager within a content producing organization

·        Demonstrated experience and understanding of Web content strategies

·        Proven track record in generating online audience growth, analyzing online metrics reports for guidance

·        Conversant in social media and blogging

·        Experience with online content management systems

·        2-3 years experience in writing or editing for the Web with prior participation in managing content development for sites

·        Familiar with online marketing strategies, writing for the Web, concepts of Web site          analytics and reporting.

·        Online experience is a must. Print experience is a plus.

·        Management experience.

Qualified candidates should submit a resume and salary requirements to: [Click Here to Email Your Resumé].  Please include Head of Digital Media in the subject line.

No Phone Calls


*Georgetown University in D.C. is looking for a director of communications for the prestigious School of Foreign Service:

Director of Communications, School of Foreign Service
Georgetown University – Washington, DC
seeks a Director of Communications who will have… digital communications efforts. He or she will also provide leadership and guidance for the communications
From Mid-Atlantic HERC

*Sanofi-Aventis has an opening in D.C. for a senior director of public policy (health care is the focus):
Sr Director Public Policy
Sanofi-Aventis – Washington, DC
and provide support to other Corporate Affairs departments, including Communications, Grassroots, Strategic Advocacy, External Affairs and State and Federal…
From Sanofi-Aventis

*And today’s last-but-certainly-not-least lead (with a hat tip to is for an assistant correspondent to work in the Kyodo News’ Washington bureau:

Company: Kyodo News
Kyodo News Seeks Assistant Correspondent for
Washington Bureau
Washington , District of Columbia
Job Status: Full-time
Salary: Not Specified
Ad Expires:
February 12, 2010
Job ID: 1141717


Kyodo News America, Inc. is currently seeking an assistant correspondent for its Washington D.C. Bureau. Journalism experience and Japanese language skills are not required, but interest and knowledge of international affairs and U.S. politics and economy, Japanese culture and language is highly desired.

Duties include assisting Japanese correspondents by researching political, economic, cultural and international issues and attending daily press briefings at the White House, State Department and other events.

Byline and other writing opportunities are sometimes available for Kyodo World Service, an English-language wire service, and articles will be published by leading English newspapers in Japan, Asian countries and all over the world. Administrative tasks will include writing correspondence, planning logistics and transcribing, arranging and conducting interviews.

This is a great opportunity for applicants embarking on a career in journalism and interested in intense coverage of D.C. issues. It is a full-time position and may occasionally require overtime.


The Assistant Correspondent assists correspondents, editors and other bureau personnel in researching, compiling and organizing information.

The following duties are the primary responsibilities for this position and management is not precluded from assigning other related duties to this employee: * Research information for articles * Engage in fact-gathering process for articles * Make and respond to telephone inquiries regarding researching, drafting and producing articles * Make arrangements for, and possibly attend, business trips * Monitor and clip relevant news articles * Attend press briefings * Draft documents for use by correspondents and other bureau personnel in the drafting of articles * Make appointments for correspondents and other personnel * Compose and type correspondence and other documents relating to the drafting, editing and production of articles * File correspondence and other records and documents * Proofread documents for grammatical accuracy


* Strong research, writing and computer skills * Strong ability to accurately proofread documents * Strong communication and interpersonal skills * Ability to thrive in a multi-cultural setting * Ability to organize and accurately file paperwork


Kyodo News, founded in Tokyo in 1945 as a non-profit cooperative organization, is the leading news agency in Asia and includes Japanese, English and Chinese-language services. Kyodo News America, Inc. is a subsidiary of Kyodo News. Kyodo covers the ever-changing developments in Japan and around the world, distributing news to domestic and overseas news media as well as international organizations and institutions. Virtually every Japanese newspaper and radio/TV station subscribes to Kyodo. Operating with an annual budget from membership dues and other subscription revenues, Kyodo is completely independent of government and commercial interests.


Resume and cover letter should be e-mailed to or faxed to 202-393-2342 with title “Assistant Correspondent application.” Materials may also be mailed to: #400 National Press Building, 529 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20045.

Happy hunting!



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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. boldlygosolo  |  January 14, 2010 at 3:04 pm


    I’m not sure you get enough thanks for this blog. Your topics are spot on and I appreciate your taking the time to share what you learn about the job hunt with the rest of us. Please don’t stop.
    (But congrats on landing a good job.)



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