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EP 1076 What can I do to start getting recruited?
There's a great question.
"Why am I not getting recruiter emails?" A lot of people complain that they get too many. This person isn't getting any and all. They go on to explain, "I am a gainfully employed data scientist with a good job history and a good network in the data science community online. I'm active on Twitter and have a LinkedIn profile. However, I have never received an email or message from a recruiter. What can I do to start getting recruited?"
I think this problem is true for a lot of people that want to start by saying we don't know how experienced this person is. Let's assume that this person has 2 to 5 years of experience. They haven't indicated that their managers so we will just assume that they are a staff level individual.
Maybe this is their 1st job, and their resume in recruiter databases is not particularly provocative or interesting. Keywords in the resume for this individual are not turning up. Maybe they were a recent graduate when they last started looking for a job. As a result, unit may not be showing up in the databases when they run a search.
Next, he says that he is on LinkedIn and the next question is why are they contacting him through LinkedIn? There are a few possible reasons.
1. Your profile is not particularly good. It is not particularly keyword rich (think of longtail keywords). What are some of the words that someone might be using to look for someone like you? Do they appear on your profile?
2. Do you make it easy for them to contact you? Include your email address and phone number in the summary area of your profile.
3. You don't want to say you are looking for position but before you update your resume but before you had your email address and phone number to your profile, you want to go to your privacy settings and temporarily turn them off so that all your connections are not notified that you have made this change. Make sure you turn it back on afterwards.
4. Another reason you may not be being contacted by recruiters is that your privacy settings are set up in such a way that your profile is hidden on LinkedIn. There is now a new feature on LinkedIn that allows you to signal recruiters that you are open to something else. Make sure that function is activated. I can't tell you where to look for it other than to say look at privacy settings or do a Google search or a YouTube search to find out how to do this.
5. The next thing I would do is to tell you to join work groups on LinkedIn that deal with data science.. There are always recruiters in groups who are there to find people to contact about jobs and you have made it easier for them.
Again, it starts by making sure that your LinkedIn profile is keyword rich so that when people are searching for someone like you. They understand what it is you can do and can find you. Also, make sure that your privacy settings are set up in such a way that people can reach out to you once they do find you.
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