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Get more recruiters to call you about open positions

Here’s what to do if you want more recruiters to call you about open positions. This is also what to do if you want a better chance of being the number one candidate, and not the runner up.

Stop talking about your background chronologically unless you’re specifically asked to do so. 

Think about your goal of the call.

If your goal is to be remembered, if you’re putting yourself on the radar to be thought of for future positions, leave that lasting memorable impression. Where is that you add value? What are you known for? Think about the journeys you’ve taken companies through, and how you overcame roadblocks. Think about your title, then think about other people with your same title – what do you do differently? Now, why do you do things that way? It’s because of your whole experience, everything you’ve done in your career. This is the important part: When you’re asked, “Tell me about yourself,” talk about where you add value, touch on the transformations you've led, then complete the sentence “Think of me when…”, so people know when to think of you. 

If your goal is to be the number one candidate, think about the journey this company you're talking to is about to embark on. What have you done in the past that can add value to where they’re going? How would you approach it differently here? What lessons learned will you bring? Were you always good at this, and how did you become great? What roadblocks did you face and how did you overcome them? This is the important part:  When you’re asked, “Tell me about yourself,” complete the sentence “I’m known for...," touching on the transformations you've led and talking about where you add value to this company and person you’re talking to. 

It's all about thinking about your background holistically. 

You’ve lived it, but the skills you bring are not always obvious to the person you’re talking to. It’s up to you to sum it up, be memorable, and draw correlations between what you’ve done and what you’re going to do next.


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