In an ideal world, all of the jobs coming your way from your Technical Recruiter would be an exact match to your skill set, salary desires, career aspirations, and geography. But let’s face it, in many instances that’s simply not the case. So, if you’re suffering from Job Description Mismatch Syndrome, then it may be time to train your recruiter.
Step 1: Ensure that your recruiter is up to date with your particulars. If it has been awhile since you’ve had a conversation, they may not be aware that you’ve moved on to new technologies, or that your salary has increased significantly since your last job search.
Step 2: When you receive a job description that’s an obvious mismatch, take a moment to let your recruiter know why this one is not such a good fit. A good recruiter will add that information to your profile to ensure that future reach-outs are as targeted as possible.
Step 3: If there have been some changes in your situation since you last interacted with your recruiters, send them an updated resume so they can familiarize themselves with what you are now doing.
Step 4: Take a moment to update your LinkedIn profile and send the URL to your recruiter. More and more, LinkedIn has become recruiters’ go-to source for up-to-date information on prospective candidates.
Even if you aren’t currently in the market for a new job, it never hurts to maintain a relationship with a “well-trained” recruiter. At the very least, it allows you to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the job market for people with your skill set and experience level. In a worse-case scenario, it keeps you in a better position in the event that things take an unexpected and bad turn in your job situation.