How to Help Recruiters Connect the Dots

Sometimes, conversations with recruiters make it feel like you’re speaking English and they’re speaking French. Frustrating as that might be, it doesn’t mean the conversation’s going nowhere. You just have to take control and translate.

Translate what? Your skills and background into the context of the job requirement. If you approach the topic thoughtfully you can demonstrate why you’re the answer to the interviewer’s problem, even if he can’t glance at your resume and check off the skills he wants one by one.

Exactly how you go about that was the topic of our panel discussion, “Helping the Recruiter Connect the Dots: Translating What You Do into What They Need.”  We looked at how to address skills gaps in an interview, assess your qualifications, and decide whether the job is right for you in the first place.

Our panel included:

  • John Sumser: The noted editor of the online newsletter HR Examiner
  • Dawn Rasmussen: President, Pathfinder Writing & Career Services
  • Justin Hall: Former recruiter, startup expert and blogger
  • John Estes – Robert Half Technology

Take a look.

One Response to “How to Help Recruiters Connect the Dots”

  1. One of the participants makes a point about how ~”if you keep seeing a particular lacking skill, go pickup that skill”. While it seems reasonable when talking about an example like the guy who wrote a website on a language he was previously unfamiliar with, it’s not so simple when it comes to administration & engineering type positions regularly being posted with a description that describes 2-3+ different positions.

    it’s one thing to “build a website using [x] language”, but admin positions are often posted & reposted looking for an experienced admin for [x] OS, running p, z,q, L, m, -and- n, preferably in industry Y. But those various services are rarely web, pop, SMTP, mta (qmail/exim/etc), but specific flavors, of which there are many many choices. Once you understand the way the various bits work on a fundamental level, it doesn’t matter much which one you are using, there will be a mew one next week with its own man page. Yes there are some differences between redhat, centos, and Ubuntu, as an example anyone should get, but they are not differences that should cause any admin notable difficulty, likewise with qmail, exim, apache, iis, tomcat, etc. The technology and functionality is the same deep down, if you can admin one, you can likely admin another fine