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Tina Persson, based in Sweden, worked as recruiter and talent sourcer for 7 years, connecting scientists with industry employers, specifically in life sciences and IT sectors. Having experienced life as an academic (Professor at Lundt University until 2006), she is perfectly placed to understand what academics want, and how she can help them. In this interview I asked Tina if she could tell us a little more about what a recruiter is, how academics can work with one and how they can benefit from the relationships that form.
Tell us a little bit about your background as a recruiter.
I started my career as recruiter after leaving academia, where I had been an Assistant Professor in the faculty of chemistry, and the move was seen by many of my fellow academics as a failure. My first year as recruiter was a mental struggle, because of this feeling of failure, but I got through it with the thought that as an academic recruiter outside of academia, I could support more academics in their career development, compared to being a Professor.
As recruiter I quickly realised I was so much more than just a scientist! I could transform most of the soft and technical skills (analytical thinking, being self-driven, hard-working, ambitious, goal oriented, used to dead-lines, coordination experience, project management and trained in computer tools) that I had picked up in academia into useful skills. I did find that I was missing a few of important skills like team management, business-mind-set, sharing attitude, working with a blend of people with no academic background amongst others. But these were simple to learn on the job.
What I did have was an understanding of many of the struggles that scientists face, from getting their CVs noticed by industry professionals to analysing their own transferable skills. With this background, I felt that I could help support those other PhDs and postdocs looking to transition into a career outside of academia.
What is a recruiter and talent sourcer?
A recruiter is a salesperson with an aim of matching your profile to a specific job position. Recruiters also look for future prospects, so if you have an interesting CV they will store it for future possibilities. Recruitment is all about business, so approach your recruiter as a business partner, not as a coach or therapist.
If you need advice about your personal brand, on-line presence, your CV or anything else career related, use a certified job coach with documented experience in your field. Recruiters are very busy and their calendar is not only booked with client and candidate meetings but also a vast amount of administration tasks. In addition, they spend a lot of time cold-calling to ensure a future pipe-line of prospects.
A sourcer is someone that identifies passive candidates (those not actively searching for new jobs) by using social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and various application tracking systems (ATS), for example Naturejobs, Monster and CareerBuilder (there are many more that specialise in specific research fields).
If the sourcer thinks your profile is an interesting one, they will store your CV or profile. When a recruiter or company comes along looking for someone to fill an open position, they can match your CV to it and pass it on to the responsible hiring manager. If you are contacted by a sourcer it’s worth being interested and listening to what they have to say. Be open-minded and avoid closing any doors.
What are the priorities or a recruiter?
Most recruiters work on mission-basis and therefore their drive is to fill as many job openings as possible with prospective candidates. Their salary is bonus-based and the more placements they close the higher the bonus. So, if you have an attractive CV that the recruiter can use, they can make a quick placement. But if you have a CV they don´t understand or that’s too long and academic, they won’t spend time reading it.
When receiving CVs for a job, what is the selection process like to find the best candidates?
Recruiters often use a computer system developed for organising job openings and for simplifying the applicant selection processes. As a candidate you apply by registering your CV and shortly after you get an automatic mail reply with the message “Thanks you for your application”.
Depending on the number of applications received, the recruiter might spend around 7 to 60 seconds looking at a CV in the first round of selection. This round is primarily based on key words that match job add requirements. The challenge most academics face is that they are missing important hard and soft skills on their CVs. As you have only 7 to 60 seconds to impress the recruiter you must write a CV including important key words matching the job you are applying for.
How can a young scientist looking for a job benefit from working with a recruiter?
In the short term a young scientist can learn from a recruiter’s activities on internet, particularly from those active on social media. This is what I call passive networking. Some recruiters are very active, sharing job openings and career tips on things like CV writing, interview techniques and future job and market trends. From the job adds they share on social media, you can get tips on job titles, skills requirements and terminology used for certain job positions. This information is important when transforming your first academic CV to one suited for industry.How to kill aphids How to get more tips what does thumb ring mean sexually How long does postmates take to show tips what does tmobile edge mean what are some of the symptoms of the delta variant what are waist beads for How to meet band spectrum center tips what does testicular torsion look like what does the as of date mean on transcript 2022 How to get back deleted messages? what time does great clips open How to get rid of razor bumps on private area? what does afford mean what does 3 dots mean what does clan mean what are the accessory organs of the digestive system How to blend grey hair with dark brown hair What tricks to put in halloween goodie bags How to get a qr code? Fast quick right click paste tips tricks help "how to" How to learn dj tricks What prostitutes think of tricks what does evaporation mean How to sterilize stainless steel tattoo tips What icing is best for russian piping tips How to get your teeth white Which scooter is to do tricks How to not gain weight during pregnancy what time does got come on How to fix hammer toes with tape? How to roller skate for beginners Tips and tricks on how to target people with marketing How to become an fbi agent? How to lower insulin? Easy tips on how to lose belly fat How to prune apple trees Tips on how to remove grout from wall tiles what are foods that help you grow taller What is the face value interest rate on 5 year tips in 2018 what does redbone mean How to obtain a cpn number How to find critical value? what time does little caesar open what does oil pulling do what are involuntary muscles Tricks on how to get a boy to ask you on a date How to shave balls How many hat tricks does robben have what does sob mean in medical terms What is the current yield on short term tips How to pronounce lagos How to become a surrogate what does slide for von mean How to split a string in python When tips of leaves turn brown How to be a good manager How much tips at habit burger How to find your ring size at home what does rsvp mean in english what does the bible say about witches what are antacids what does madrigal mean in spanish what does it mean when your gums hurt what does a chargeback mean what does fwm mean How to get rid of inflammation in the body? what does cowabunga mean What are some tricks, deceptions, hints, methods, and questions help unorthodox members 1984 How to change tips ski pole baskets what does dodge stand for How to send money on cash app? what does ur mean How to wash a pillow? what does hypothalamus do what does high yellow mean what does pi mean How to get rid of a stomach ache fast? How to measure foot size? what does sms messages mean 10 psycological tricks to get people to do what you want what does prophet mean Tips on how to win the trail How to play what do you meme what does remote mean for a job How to write a resume our top 5 resume tips what does reincarnation mean what are noise cancelling headphones what does it mean if your eyes are yellow Why are people calling tips and tricks hacks what does mota mean How to say hi in korean? what does tenacious mean How long to cook brats on grill? How to get weed out of my system? How to get rid of depression How to make money with uber tips what are indentured servants How to cook meth? What does linus tech tips do with the xomputers they buikd what are community colleges How to make an icloud account? How to program xfinity remote to tv? what does it mean when a dog's tail is down How to repair apple watch what does being a vegan mean How to change username on instagram what does sacrament mean Tips when making bobotie what does having a white tongue mean what does baka mean in english what does ups stand for Why does my money tree hae brown on leaf tips what does a red string bracelet mean what does ign mean what does fn stand for How to negotiate salary? what states are voting today 2022