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Recruiters Vs. Hiring Managers: Key Insights for Your Job Search, By: Courtney Crites

Oct 02, 2023 08:29 PM
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Finding a job can be a complex process, so understanding the roles of recruiters and hiring managers can come in handy. Both play important roles in the hiring process, but they have different perspectives and responsibilities.

Let’s explore what a recruiter does and how they can help you in your job search. By understanding the key differences between recruiters and hiring managers, you can make a great first impression, ask the right questions, and hopefully land the job you’ve been thinking about.

Note: Some positions on OCC give you the option to contact the recruiter directly! 

So, who does what?

Recruiters: The Matchmakers

Recruiters (sometimes referred to as talent acquisition specialists) play an important role in helping organizations find the right candidates for job openings. They act as the middleman between job seekers and employers and facilitate the hiring process from beginning to end. 

The recruiter is usually both the first point of contact and the main point of contact during the interview process. They help keep the interview process running smoothly and ultimately deliver job offers.

Insights for Job Seekers: 

  • Build relationships with recruiters in your industry for valuable connections and opportunities. Network with them, engage on professional platforms and attend industry events.
  • Leverage recruiters' knowledge of the job market to tailor your resume and interview preparations to align with current market demands.
  • Maintain open communication with recruiters and promptly respond to their calls and emails, as they may have valuable feedback or time-sensitive opportunities.

Hiring Managers: The Gatekeepers 

Hiring managers are individuals within a company who are responsible for making final hiring decisions. They typically have leadership or departmental roles and have a strong understanding of exactly what kind of candidate they are looking for. The hiring manager’s main objective is to find a candidate who will be a great fit for their team.

It’s also important to note that the hiring manager will be your direct supervisor if you are hired. Your earliest interviews (after the recruiter screening) will likely be with the hiring manager.

Insights for Job Seekers:

  • Tailor your application by customizing your resume and cover letter to highlight your qualifications. Hiring managers focus on candidates who possess the necessary skills and experience relevant to the role. 
  • Research the company to showcase your genuine interest in working for the organization. This will come in handy, especially during the interview process.
  • Hiring managers prioritize candidates who align well with the company’s work environment. You can highlight your fit by emphasizing adaptability, teamwork, and alignment with the organization’s values during the interview process. 

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