3 Things that Recruiters Look for in Candidates



Staffing and recruiting firms come across hundreds of profiles in their search for the “right” candidate. There are many different factors that are considered by recruiters during their search. In our experience, there are certain things which you can do as a candidate, to increase your chances of being selected. This article will explain how you can stand out and get the job.


66% of IT decision-makers say that the additional skills from a certified employee compared to a non-certified employee holds an annual economic value of over $10,000, while 22% put that number at $25,000 or more."

#1: Have an updated LinkedIn profile and CV


An updated LinkedIn profile will allow recruiters to find you during their search. You should always be updating your position, qualifications, and headshot, even if you are not actively pursuing new opportunities. This allows you to show up in the recruiters search through various search tools, making their job easier and raising your chances of landing an interview. An updated LinkedIn profile goes hand in hand with an updated and professional CV. This is what our client partners are going to see and review, which if done right will increase your chances of landing an interview.



#2: Certifications


In whatever your specialization is, it is important to have up-to-date AND relevant certifications. Our recruiters and client partners are looking for people who are willing to learn and want to be the best at their job. Maintaining and updating your certifications will differentiate you from your competition and potentially help you “cut the line” for a position. Get them if you don’t have them and if you have them ensure they're up to date. Don’t think of certifications as a cost, but rather as an investment in your career. According to CIO Magazine, 66% of IT decision-makers say that the additional skills from a certified employee compared to a non-certified employee holds an annual economic value of over $10,000, while 22% put that number at $25,000 or more.



#3: Professionalism


The hidden job market is a real thing. The Imperial College, London estimated that 75% of jobs are filled through the hidden job market. This is due to employers working with staffing and recruiting firms, offering compensation to their employees for referrals, networking etc. As a consultant, it is crucial to maintain a professional relationship with the recruiter you work with, EVEN if you didn't get the job. Reason being, your candidacy could always be considered for another job. Most recruiting firms maintain a candidate pool consisting of thousands of CVs and the notes on your file could play a significant part in being contacted again. Being rude or unprofessional could be the difference between receiving a future call or not.


Overall, I hope you learned more about what you can do to increase your chances of being selected for a job by staffing and recruiting firms.



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