What Does a Recruiter Do (behind the scenes)?

What does a recruiter do behind the scenes?
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This week I share some behind the scenes on what you can do to give the best account of yourself. What does a recruiter like me do behind the scenes?

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How Your Application Gets to a Recruiter

Unless I am directly approaching someone through my network I will receive a profile through a job board, Linkedin approach or email.

Applying through an online portal


It feels like a black hole applying through a portal (applicant tracking system or ATS) I know. I’ve done it myself and (inadvertently) got a job through it. Rest assured, people with souls are at the other end! I like a brief CV – no more than two pages that lists achievements/deliverables under each job. Use a clean, modern font and a personal statement that hooks recruiters in an “at a glance” screen.

How to write a personal statement


This should be short, intentional and state what you can and want to do e.g.





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 A successful and highly experienced Recruiter, keen to return to a talent acquisition role following a break for carer duties. Combines extensive industry expertise with recent completion of a course in Social Media Branding. Previously delivered improved time/cost/quality of hire metrics significantly by renegotiating supplier contracts building a high performing team. Immediately available, for a challenging new role.


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Once I have assessed profiles I phone screen. I look for candidates to articulate what they are looking for. I may ask a bit about reward expectations, so you need to be prepared to respond precisely. It shows you value yourself which instills confidence in employers.

I might shortlist to 4 or 5 people for interview. Know your transferrable skills and be confident in them. At that first interview, I like to see people who have questions specifically about the job and company.


It is great if you demonstrate that you have really thought through the job and what it will take for you to accept. Work out what you will need to find out in the process and show off your spirit of enquiry.


Thank you emails don’t make you look desperate.


Interviews are business transactions and it is right to request feedback. Ask after the interview “may I Link in with you” so you have a direct channel to interviewing managers.


If you don’t hear anything for a while don’t worry.


Behind the scenes, we often work a very high volume of jobs. Yes, it is not perfect that you take the trouble to interview and we don’t feed back immediately but it is reality.


At the end of the process if there’s not an offer all is not lost. I have a ‘talent bank’ of applications of people that were not right for one role but I may contact them about another. A nice way to stay front of mind is to then send interesting links to articles/thought pieces you wrote or saw to show you are on top of the industry.


If I have an email at the top of my inbox I will gladly and easily respond to you with an update if I have one.


I hope this behind the scenes view helps. Please just remember

  • People sit on the back of job boards.

  • Where possible get names, link in with them and build relationship.

  • It might be the case of playing the long game.

Don’t be put off, just don’t “spray and pray”. Go for the jobs that you know your application truly matches. For any advice, why not drop me an email; I’d be delighted to guide you. 


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