With more retailers using online recruiting methods like NRF’s upcoming Virtual Career Fair to hire great talent, job seekers want to know: How can I successfully connect with a retail recruiter online?
We reached out to Macy’s recruiting team to find out. Here are eight ways to make a meaningful “virtual” connection with recruiters:
- Introduce yourself. At our upcoming Virtual Career Fair, candidates will have eight minutes to chat with a recruiter, so each minute is valuable. Taking the initiative to start the conversation is a great way to get a recruiter’s attention.
- Have your elevator pitch ready. You’ve got 30 seconds to sell yourself in order to land the job of your dreams – what do you say? Start by telling the recruiter who you are, what you do, and exactly why you’re the candidate they should hire. A well-delivered elevator pitch could turn into an elevator ride to your dream job.
- Plan questions to ask ahead of time. Asking questions is a clear indication of interest. A common mistake job seekers make – both virtually and “in real life” – is not taking the opportunity to ask a potential employer questions about their company and specific roles.
- Share your skills and interests. Do you have strong math skills? Are you interested in digital retail and e-commerce? Would you like to build your leadership skills? Tell the recruiter! Sharing your strengths and opportunities to grow will allow the recruiter to determine which role in their company is the best fit for you.
- Research, research, research. Go beyond a company’s corporate website to learn more about a prospective employer. Many retailers – including Macy’s – share career information and advice via their Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. The more you know about an employer and the career opportunities they offer, the better.
- Be passionate, positive and enthusiastic. While you don’t have to end every sentence with an exclamation point, genuinely expressing to a recruiter how excited you are about the chance to connect will go a long way.
- Keep it professional. Written communication says a lot about your professionalism and experience. Casual abbreviations like LOL, smiley faces and emoticons could be a #dealbreaker.
- Follow up after the event or interaction. Even if it’s as simple as a “thank you,” say something to seal the deal, and let the recruiter know you valued the opportunity to speak with them. Are you on LinkedIn? Share your contact details and stay connected.
Overall, the best way to successfully connect with a recruiter is to adequately communicate who you are and why you’re the perfect match for a particular company. And, don’t forget to take advantage of virtual interactions by writing out your introduction, elevator pitch and questions in advance.
Want to know if these tips will work? Test them out on April 2 at NRF’s second Virtual Career Fair. A dozen top retailers – Bridgestone, Gordmans, H-E-B, HSN, IKEA, J. C. Penney, Kmart, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Total Wine & More and Walgreens – have signed on to chat with job seekers and hire for summer internships and entry-level positions. Registration is free and open to any student or young professional across the country.