What Recruiters Know That You Don’t: They Love People Who Stand Out
By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
There are many things third-party and corporate recruiters know that you don’t. Yes, they like square pegs for square holes, but they also love people who stand out.
Here’s something that recruiters know that you don’t. Most of you think all they care about is a square peg for a square hole. But what recruiters really love are people who stand out in a good way. Let me give you an example.
I was interviewing someone for the podcast not long ago and he was talking about someone whose resume he was asked to write and who was the son of a client of his. The young man had developed rocket thrusters as a 19-year-old. He fundraised to build these thrusters. He had been a co-author of a number of papers with famous scientists. And you gotta stop for a second and say, ‘at 19, he raised money to build rocket thrusters?’ And recruiters love this kind of stuff.
Where you can really point to something that you did that stands out, they start smelling money. They start thinking that you’re a walking deal. Now, there’s a lot more to it than that. But it starts off with them and their clients will get . . . they’ll get the attention of their client by being able to point to something unique that you did, not just simply that you were like the last 20 resumes they’d looked at for this job, but something special that you did, that makes you stand out.
It doesn’t have to be at work. It can be at a volunteer situation. It can be something else that you did, like someone else, I know who helps students, like high school students, inner city kids, and he had a computer facility in New York. And he would bring them in and teach them software engineering, systems administration, and networking. And they would be supporting this small data center in New York. Any of those kids were great, and many of them have since grown up to be in very significant roles.
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ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER
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