In today’s competitive job market, it’s more important than ever to stand out from other applicants. Working with a remote recruiter could be exactly what you need to get ahead in this tough job market. Some of the perks of working with a recruiter remotely include saving time, expanding your network, and easily finding roles that match your requirements. Working with a recruiter can be a great scenario that makes your job hunt more efficient. Follow the tips below to improve your chances of landing a job by working with a virtual recruiter.

First, ask your contacts— friends, family, previous employers, mentors, and your university alumni network— to recommend recruiters to you. They might be able to introduce you to qualified recruiters based on their own positive experiences. When you know you can’t meet a recruiter in person, mutual connections are helpful. Be sure to consider if the recruiter is organized, trustworthy, and tech-savvy. Also, the recruiter should be responsive, professional, and knowledgable about your industry. It’s extremely important to vet recruiters before you invest time working with them.

Finally, realize that even though it’s normal to be working with multiple different recruiters, you should be conscious of not mixing them up. Use an Excel sheet to manage information about your recruiters. Send them thoughtful emails that prove you remember small details about your interactions with them. Since you can only be judged by your online interactions, it’s worth it to make sure you’re a pro communicator so you leave a positive impression.

As you navigate this competitive, post-pandemic job market, working with a recruiter can help you level up your job search. If you’re new to working with recruiters, don’t be surprised if your efforts don’t pay off in the beginning. Fostering quality, personal recruiter relationships takes time. Check out some tips below from LiveCareer for successfully working with recruiters in an exclusively virtual job search.

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