Recruiters’ help people find and land jobs that match what they're looking for.

Whether job seekers want to change companies, completely change their field or if they're looking to get back into the workforce after a period of unemployment, a recruiter is there to help.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current unemployment rate in 2014 sits right around 6.2 percent across the U.S. As a recruiter, it's your job to help lower the unemployment rate by getting people back into the workforce.

Ways you can do that include:

  • Fill in the gaps on their resume - Most likely, there are reasons as to why someone was unemployed for any length of time. Perhaps they decided to stay at home with children for a while, maybe they decided to pursue schooling full-time or maybe they're industry had massive layoffs and never fully recovered. Recruiters should ask specifically why the person experienced a gap in unemployment and seek to help fill in the resume. Future employers do not need a long, in-depth explanation as to why a candidate was out of work. Instead, help the person place a positive spin on their gap in employment.
  • Strengthen their skillset - Look carefully at your client's skillset and suggest ways they can improve it. If they're skills seem a bit rusty, suggest they take a class at the local community college. Employers love hiring candidates that take pride in continuing their education and learning as much as possible about their career of choice. Taking a class is also a great way for your client to build relationships. Nowadays, a big role in landing a job is who you know, not what you know. It only takes one person or network connection to possibly land your client the job of their dreams.
  • Help them with their social media skills - Social media is no longer just a tool used for reconnecting with family and old friends, but it's also a great means to job hunting. Suggest to your client that they update all of their social media pages, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus. If they're not familiar with LinkedIn, for example, you could help them get started by creating a page for them. LinkedIn specifically is the best professional networking site for both the employed and the unemployed, so take advantage of this.

Now, what about insurance?

Your client may have questions regarding what to do with their recent loss in health insurance.

The article, “Recently Unemployed? Here's What You Should Know About Health Insur...”, recommends making sure to get or stay insured even after a job loss.

Your client can get on a spouse's plan, keep their current plan through COBRA (though this is oftentimes very expensive) or get their own private, individual plan. As a recruiter, you should encourage your client to make sure they have their health insurance needs in place before worrying about finding a job.

Other things recruiters can recommend to their unemployed clients include filling their time with volunteer work (which looks great on a resume), getting in touch with former employers to see if they are hiring, looking for temporary or contract work (which can sometimes lead to a fulltime position) and, most importantly, keeping a positive attitude.

With both the right attitude and the willingness to work, a recruiter can easily land their unemployed client a consistent job to bring in some income.

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About the Author: Sarah Brooks is a freelance writer living in Charlotte, NC. New to the city, she enjoys spending time outdoors and exploring the area. She writes on a variety of topics including small businesses, recruiting and personal finance.

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