Today’s guest on the SYCK Podcast is seasoned recruiter and interview coach, Margaret Buj. We cover a lot of ground in this episode, starting with how recruiters use keywords in LinkedIn to find candidates. Margaret talks about the top things that should be on your resume and how to make yourself more attractive to recruiters. We also talk about how to prepare for interviews with a recruiter versus hiring manager. With close to 20 years of international recruiting experience, Margaret has a lot of SYCK advice to share and I’m excited for job seekers to hear this conversation!
In This Episode:
[04:55] Margaret explains her Talent Acquisition role and how she pursues candidates for niche roles
[13:15] Is it important to submit applications early and how recruiters use LinkedIn to find candidates
[18:50] How important is company experience and how referrals play into your job search
[30:16] What recruiters look at on a resume
[38:20] How to prepare for a screening call with the recruiter
[42:52] What job seekers should not do and advice for improving your resume
It is really important to have relevant keywords, job titles, and sectors listed at the top of your resume and LinkedIn profile in order to get a recruiters’ attention.
If you have only worked for less known companies, be sure to include one line explaining what the company does or the complexity of the organization as a way to help the recruiter better understand your competency or experience.
As a job seeker, don’t rely solely on job boards. Be proactive and use multiple methods to improve your job search like targeting your top companies and connecting with decision makers and recruiters.
Margaret Buj is an experienced Talent Acquisition Manager and Interview Coach who helps job seekers to get hired, promoted and paid more. She has 17 years of experience recruiting for global tech companies and tech start-ups across Europe & the US (including Expedia, King, VMware, Microsoft, Avanade, Typeform, Mixmax), and in the last 16 years, she’s successfully coached over a thousand people worldwide to get the jobs and promotions they really wanted. She’s worked with professionals at all levels in private (across multiple industries, mostly technology and FMCG) and public sector (including NGOs, UN jobs, education).
Margaret has spoken at career events & conferences and has done training sessions and workshops in London, Monaco, Athens & Saudi Arabia. Her advice has been featured in FoxBusiness, BuiltIn, GOBanking Rates, Management Today, Financial Times, Management Today and CIO Magazine.