Thursday, October 24, 2019

Three Things Recruiters Don’t Want Job Seekers to Know

In August, Peirce College’s Center for Career & Professional Development gained a new team member, Marci Brown who is eager to share her knowledge and expertise with the Peirce Community.

As Peirce College’s Career Development Counselor, Marci works one-on-one with students and alumni to strategize and execute plans to win job offers and promotions. Before coming to Peirce, Marci worked as a recruiter, identifying and attracting talent for companies like PNC Bank. This gives her remarkable insight into the world of recruiting from the inside out.

Marci did not always know her career would lead her to the position she is in today, though. She, too, had a unique career journey over the years, which allows her to relate with Peirce students and alumni to best serve them.

Marci explained, “You can say that I myself am ‘non-traditional’ – I never planned to go into HR, or Recruiting, or Career Counseling. I found things that were interesting parts of each job and let that guide me to what was next. I kept a ‘say yes’ attitude and that kept my options open. One of my favorite things about working in HR and Recruiting was watching people be hired – that helped me realize that I wanted to work supporting job seekers, which is why I am here at Peirce. My focus is to get people to maximize their education. They’re going to school for a reason – let’s make it work for them!”

Over the years, Marci has gained a wealth of knowledge about recruitment from both the employer and employee side. Check out these three secrets Marci shares that recruiters don’t want job seekers to know:

1. Behind the scenes. Recruiters are handling around 15 open job requisitions at once, sometimes in completely divergent fields. That means they are looking at thousands of candidates. It is a balancing act and recruiters are caught in the middle of candidates and hiring managers. There are a lot of moving parts: strategic planning for filling each position, reports, time-sensitive projects, events and company branding, and ensuring that all interested parties are updated. To job seekers: try to be patient and diversify your prospects (don’t put all your eggs in one basket!).

2. Employee referrals are the best way to get into a company. When I worked at PNC, I led our Employee Referral program. You know what they say, “birds of a feather flock together” – well, recruiters and hiring managers think about that a lot. If they have a great employee who wants to refer a potential employee, there’s a high likelihood that employee will also be great. However, the opposite is also true – if that employee is struggling, chances are that the new recruit will too. So make sure the person who is referring you is in good standing! Referrals are a great way to get the attention of the recruiter and the hiring manager!

3. A large percentage of applications are declined almost immediately – but the job seekers won’t know until the open requisition has closed, and that can be anywhere from thirty days to a year. Don’t take it personally – it feels personal, but it’s just business. You never know what’s happening behind closed doors. Keep trying different things and keep your options open!

Get to know Marci Brown even more and see how she can help you reach your career goals by contacting the Center for Career & Professional Development at 215.670.9202 or