How to Find Your Next Job (A Recruiters Perspective) (Part 1)

As a recruiter, I feel fortunate to know how some of us recruiters operate when seeking out candidates to fill an opening. So, in essence, I am armed with that intelligence when I am seeking a better opportunity for myself. Today, I want to give you a peek into my perspective on the best things a candidate should, and shouldn’t do, to help them in their job search. Now, keep in mind, this is my perspective, as someone with a mere 10 years of experience recruiting in a corporate setting.

***Disclaimer:*** The views and opinions expressed in this blog post are MINE and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of pretty much anyone else. :) :)

Let’s dive right in!

The first thing I WOULDN’T do is get locked in with an agency (headhunter) for representation. I think there are definitely times and situations for candidates to engage with an agency for representation (i.e., When an agency has exclusive rights to a position you are dying to be hired for). For me, it’s not typically at the start of my job search though. I would also say you should read the fine print, when and if you engage with an agency. Sometimes you get locked in and have a waiting period before you can pursue other jobs with specific companies. This can be limiting for you and the employer who would be required to pay the agency fees.

Okay, so that is one of my ‘do not’ recommendations. So, you ask, what SHOULD I do to secure a better opportunity for myself?

Step one for me is getting organized. IF I am serious about my search; and not just having a bad day and ticked off at my boss, (yes, we ALL have those days) the first thing I want to do is ask myself several questions.

1. Who are my target companies?

2. Would I relocate for the right opportunity? If no, what are all of my ‘local’ options?

3. What will it take for me to make the change? (Typically, it’s not just about the money. It’s about the career path, job stability, the new team I’d be working with, etc.) I know you are thinking it though… and YES, money does still talk.

This is not an all encompassing checklist, but you get the idea.

Once I know my target companies, then what? Do I restrict myself to these few, or do I keep my options open? I happen to be a “Keep My Options Open” kind of girl, but my guess is, at various levels this may be different for each individual.

The next KEY thing I do is simple…but you’d be amazed at the results. **Update your LinkedIn* Profile.** You’d be amazed at how many MORE searches you turn up in with just a few simple updates here and there. It also doesn’t hurt for you to have an ‘almost resume’ posted. What I mean by that is do not just list a title: Digital Design Engineer at XYZ Company. That’s great and all, but what exactly do you do? What tools are you familiar with? Have you acted in a leadership capacity? We recruiters LOVE LinkedIn, but we only get out of it what you put into it.

What is LinkedIn? Wait, you don’t already know?!? It’s free. And it’s like a HUGE job board, but so much more, because not only does it have ACTIVE job seekers, but also people who don’t even know they are LOOKING for a job until I talk them into it. :) In 2008, I had huge number of hires for the year, and I attribute at least 50 percent of my hires to LinkedIn. Whether it was a candidate I sourced directly from the site, or a referral from a connection I have on there, I have had a lot of success with it. I would say that if you are not already on LinkedIn, check it out! In a nutshell, it’s like a Facebook for connecting on the professional side of your life.

My next piece of advice would be this. Take your list of target companies and seek out the appropriate recruiters on LinkedIn or Facebook or Twitter, or any other Social Media channel you are familiar with. You want to work for Intel? Find staffing contacts at Intel. Be selective though. There is nothing worse than getting the same “canned” email from a candidate that all 22 of my other colleagues got as well. I especially love the ones that address me as ‘Dr. Peery’. (No, I am not a doctor. No where ANYWHERE on the Web would you find anything to indicate I am. Kind of has a nice ring to it though, no? :) ) I think most recruiters give you a feel for the type of positions they are supporting in their LinkedIn bio. Find the one working the positions of interest to you and reach out. If they publish an email address, it usually means they would LOVE for you to reach out. If they don’t respond, then move on to the next.

That’s a lot of information I just shared with you. Here’s a summary:

- Avoid getting locked in with an agency/headhunter (unless they have rights to your dream job!)

- Get organized! Start a checklist of what you want or don’t want in your dream job.

- Update your LinkedIn profile

- Find the ‘right’ contacts at your target companies

I’ll let that information simmer with you for now and then share the rest of my tips (of course I have more!) when I return from my vacation in London!

Find your opportunity

30 Responses to How to Find Your Next Job (A Recruiters Perspective) (Part 1)

  1. Dan Foster says:

    Tiffany,
    I’m a former Intel employee and current an officer in the USAF transitioning back to civilian life this summer. I greatly enjoyed working at Intel and would love to come back. I’m not having a lot of luck with the manufacturing jobs and I don’t know where else I’d be a good fit outside FSM. Is LinkIn the best venue for me to seek help getting placed or pointed toward the right job?
    Thanks,
    Dan

  2. Daren says:

    Am I the only one who cringed at this post?
    To suggest that working through a headhunter hampers a candidate’s opportunities is both misleading and self-serving. If the candidate is not strong enough, they wont land the position, whether you find them or I do.
    Let’s set the record straight: headhunters are approved vendors that work for clients, including Intel, that have AGREED to pay both contingency and retained fees. Why would we present said candidates otherwise?
    Additionally you wrote: “Sometimes you get locked in and have a waiting period before you can pursue other jobs with specific companies. This can be limiting for you and the employer who would be required to pay the agency fees.”
    Can I translate?: Though you may be good enough to be hired, we don’t like paying fees to our approved vendors (aka headhunter) that spent the time to source, cultivate a relationship, qualify and present you. Plus it makes me look bad. ;)
    Candidates don’t get “locked in”. Clients have every opportunity to hire … if they are willing to abide by the terms of of their own agreement.
    Thankfully most clients in a highly competitive market do not subscribe to such a short-sighted mentality.
    Send my regards to Prince Charles !!!!
    Cheers,
    Daren J. Mongello
    Headhunter

  3. Dan Foster says:

    @Daren
    I’m currently attending the DoL mandated Transition Assistance Program (TAP) workshop which all separating and retiring military personnel must attend. What Tiffany posted is 100% consistent with what we’re briefed. That is employers look at applicants, in priority order, from internal networks, job postings, external networks, placement agencies and finally want ads/internet. That is from page 44 of the Nov 2002 edition of the DoL’s TAP manual. In other words, headhunters are the second to last place employers will typically source from. We had a panel today of hiring managers from national level companies who echoed the same philosophy. This post doesn’t say never use an agency. Her point is if you’ve already targeted a list of companies and they don’t have an exclusive agreement with a service like yours then go direct. Even though I’m actively applying with Intel I hope you see my argument as objective being there is no basis of opinion in it.

  4. @Dan I sent you an email! Looking forward to chatting. Definitely establish yourself on LinkedIn though and look to build a strong network. Connect with recruiters and present and former colleagues alike!
    @Daren – Yes, obviously I am a corporate recruiter so essentially it’s my job to provide quality candidates so we don’t need to engage an agency and pay fees. Obviously if Intel does ask an approved vendor to offer candidates against an opening, we are going to pay if they supply us a candidate. :) The truth is though, if you present a great candidate, there is a good chance I can present one that is just as great, and the hiring manager can hire mine without having to pay substantial fees. Obviously, that is why they hire me, right? To keep their own costs in check. I appreciate your perspective though. I’m sure headhunters around the globe don’t want to hear that I try to avoid agency engagement where I can. What value do I bring to Intel though, if I am constantly having to engage vendors to do the job I was hired to do? :)

  5. Gogna says:

    @ Tiffany, I am finishing my PhD and looking for jobs right now but no luck yet. I updated my LinkedIn Profile as you suggested. I was wondering if it is possible for you to take a look at my CV and suggest me your comments.

  6. @Gogna – I just pulled up your resume and I’ll share it with the appropriate recruiters to see if they have any openings/feedback. I’ll have them reach out directly with that. Thanks!

  7. Cedric Schockaert says:

    Hi Tiffany,
    Thanks for this post. I’m PhD in image processing for semiconductor inspection and Intel is the main customer of the company where I work today in Europe (Belgium) as scientist. I sent my CV to Intel Phoenix recently for a position of Research Scientist. Can you say me if it is possible to be hired to work in the US at Intel, being a European scientist (no work permit today for US)? My background is very specific and perfectly matches to the position that I applied for.
    Is it possible to have contact with the technical responsible who has posted this job opportunity to discuss more in detail my competencies?
    Many thanks for your answer.
    Cedric

  8. @Cedric, Thanks for the query. While it’s not impossible to be hired on at Intel coming from Europe, right now, the way we work is we look at every US Worker first. We have to prove that we considered all US candidates first. Then, and only then can we explore foreign nationals. The other downside is that we would most likely consider a foreign worker if they were already in the US and had a Masters or above degree from a US institution. Then, if we could not find someone in the states with the qualifications, we would open it up to individuals outside of the US. That is the order of priority though. Good luck with your search!

  9. Surya Narayanan says:

    Hello Tifaany, Am a masters student doing computer engineering in TU Delft, Netherlands. Your blog was awesome. I am looking for summer internship and i have few queries regarding the same.
    1) Do you check linkedin profile for internships too?
    2) Does intel US take interns from europe or is it the same like job principles as u explained to cedric?
    3) In the online job portal of intel i still see the status of the internship (“accepting job submissions”)for the positions which were posted 3 months back. I wish to know are these up to date status?

  10. Sejal says:

    Hi Surya! Tiffany’s on vacation but I’ll take a stab at answering some of the questions until she returns. 2) Dani had a similar question on one of her blog posts and her response was, “Internships in the US are meant for US based students. If you do apply to an internship in a different country, we would need to look into the local labor law and ensure we are acting in compliance.” I think the same would apply here. 3) Our job portal is up-to-date. Hope that helps! Tiffany will be sure to respond when she gets back.

  11. Wei-Hao Lin says:

    Hi Tiffany, Thanks for this great sharing. I graduated from UC San Diego last year and currently I have a job in a IC design house. I am looking for new opportunity now. After reading this amazing post, I decide to contact you about job opportunity in Intel. I already update my Linkedin profile as you suggest and send my resume and the job position I am interested in. Can you review it and give me some feedback? I am looking forward to hear from you. Thanks.
    Hi Sejal, Since Tiffany is on vacation, is it possible to send you my resume and you can help me with it,too? Thanks for your help.

  12. Sejal says:

    Hi Wei-Hao! I wish I could be more of a help but Tiffany’s really the expert here! She should be able to help you out when she returns. Thanks!

  13. @Surya, My response to Cedric applies to interns as well. Let me answer your other questions as well though. I do periodically check LinkedIn for Interns, but not quite as often as I do for experienced employees. Typically, 90% of the interns I hire are those I find in my database. If you have a profile at http://www.intel.com/jobs, we can find you. Also, if an internship says it is still accepting applications, that means we have not filled the opening yet. Some positions do take longer to fill, so that could be why it’s been 3 months, and we are still accepting resumes. Your location is likely the reason you aren’t getting much response though. For US based internships, we need the candidate to already be in the US, enrolled in school. Hopefully this clarifies.
    @Wei-Hao- I do have your information. I will review it and contact you directly. Thanks!

  14. Surya Narayanan says:

    @Tiffany, I have a profile at http://www.intel.com/jobs, linkedIn. I had applied to graduate intern position in india but havn’t received any kind of response yet. Thank you for replying to my queries.

  15. Karan Sabharwal says:

    Hi Tiffany,
    Thanks for sharing this valuable information. I am a Master of Science student at Arizona State University,Arizona specializing in Electrical Engineering. I will be graduating in October. I am looking for full time job opportunities at Intel and have been applying to Intel for some time now but have got no response so far. I don`t know how to pass on my resume to appropriate recruiters. Can you let me know where am going wrong and help me getting in touch with the recruiters at Intel.
    Thanks,
    Karan

  16. @Karan, Please keep in mind that we have a large volume of applicants at this time. We have an order in which we must prioritize candidates. First and foremost, we must consider candidates that have the permanent right to work in the US (ie. US Citizens). If you fall outside of this category, we can’t consider you until we review all US workers first. When/If we determine that we don’t have a strong applicant pool of qualified US workers, we’ll open up our hiring to foreign nationals. This could have an impact on the number of times your resume is submitted for positions though. Be sure to only apply for positions you feel qualified for. Hang in there! Our hiring remains strong for the year and we review your applications on a regular basis! Thanks for your comment.

  17. @Karan, Please keep in mind that we have a large volume of applicants at this time. We have an order in which we must prioritize candidates. First and foremost, we must consider candidates that have the permanent right to work in the US (ie. US Citizens). If you fall outside of this category, we can’t consider you until we review all US workers first. When/If we determine that we don’t have a strong applicant pool of qualified US workers, we’ll open up our hiring to foreign nationals. This could have an impact on the number of times your resume is submitted for positions though. Be sure to only apply for positions you feel qualified for. Hang in there! Our hiring remains strong for the year and we review your applications on a regular basis! Thanks for your comment.

  18. @Karan, Please keep in mind that we have a large volume of applicants at this time. We have an order in which we must prioritize candidates. First and foremost, we must consider candidates that have the permanent right to work in the US (ie. US Citizens). If you fall outside of this category, we can’t consider you until we review all US workers first. When/If we determine that we don’t have a strong applicant pool of qualified US workers, we’ll open up our hiring to foreign nationals. This could have an impact on the number of times your resume is submitted for positions though. Be sure to only apply for positions you feel qualified for. Hang in there! Our hiring remains strong for the year and we review your applications on a regular basis! Thanks for your comment.

  19. pravinth says:

    Hi, I hav been applying for the openings @ intel job portal for the past 3 yrs and hav never been contacted by anyone, and always get a mail saying unfortunately u hav not been shortlisted for the interview process.

  20. Tiffany says:

    Hi Pravinth! We get lots of resumes everyday so there is a lot of competition for the openings that we have. We have new openings all the time so you never know when something might come up. I admire your persistence and wish you luck!

  21. sahiti says:

    Hi Tiffany,
    I understood from your earlier posts that, typically (for US) you check out the US citizens to fill out the position and if there is a shortage out reach to the internationals, would you be able to tell what would be odds towards get hired for International guys. I am an International Masters student and I am looking for an opportunity with Intel,US. How can I improve my chances.

  22. Tiffany says:

    @Sahiti, I am not an “odds” person, but I can say we hired a good many F1 candidates during our last round of RCG hiring. It’s not just US citizens though that we seek first. Those with the permanent right to work are also a top priority (ie. Greencard Holders, etc.). Don’t give up. Make sure your resume contains all of your relevant experience and hopefully we will find a solid match for you.
    @Harish, thanks for the positive feedback!

  23. sahiti says:

    Hey Tiffany! thanks for the input.
    Also I would like to mention, I have sent a copy of my resume to your email id.Could you please take some time to review my resume.
    Thanks!

  24. Mitchell Rock says:

    Hello Tiffany!
    First of all, I would like to say that I enjoy reading your blog and appreciate all of the valuable information. I am currently a junior at Iowa State University working towards a bachelor’s degree in materials engineering. I’m looking for a summer internship that could help me gain experience in the semiconductor industry and possibly lead to employment after graduation. I looked at your recruiting schedule, but it seems as if there are no events planned for the Midwest anytime soon. I have created a LinkedIn profile as suggested, and also submitted my resume on the Intel website. I was wondering if you could give me some advice on my resume and possibly make sure it ended up with the right person. Thank you!

  25. Tiffany says:

    @Mitchell – Sounds like you are doing everything required to land an internship at Intel! My only other piece of advice is to keep a watch for new job postings that come up every week that may align with your background and interests! We will be posting internship opportunities regularly over the next quarter and if you apply directly, that is your best chance of being seen and hired for the position! It is never a requirement that we meet with you on campus for this to happen. Best of luck!

  26. jyothsna says:

    Hello Tiffany,
    The blog and the associated FAQ was very informative. I’ve applied for positions at Intel quite a lot of times, and I mostly get an “unfortunately your profile has been rejected” reply. I wish to point out that, I live in India,and have applied to positions based in India and relevant to my qualifications. I am a Master’s in VLSI design, from a very reputed college in India, and hold a University 1st rank(gold medal) also. I’ve currently applied for the position of ‘component Design Engineer’ – based in Bangalore, India, and I do not want to lose this opportunity, that’s the reason , I’ve written such a long message to you.
    I just want to make sure that my resume is being picked up. Can I mail you my resume, if you could help me with it, just in case ?
    Thanks.