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Top 10 Recruiters Share How To Impress

Posted by Glassdoor Team

Career Advice Experts

Last Updated July 27, 2020
|9 min read

Glassdoor recently published the winners of its inaugural Talent Warrior Awards, honoring this year’s most innovative and socially-savvy recruiters and HR professionals. These hiring pros are some of the best in the business, so we asked them what job seekers can do to get noticed.

layoffconcernsBelow, you’ll find each Talent Warrior’s take on how to get on a recruiter’s radar and how to impress once you do. (See what else these Warriors think when it comes to the future of social recruiting.)

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Arie Ball

VP Talent Acquisition, Sodexo

How would someone get on your radar?

I tend to notice professionals who are actively engaged in their profession, and contribute in a thoughtful way to discussions. Who can help but notice professionals with a true passion for their work, or for causes they believe in?

Was there a candidate that totally wow-ed you and if yes, how did they do it?

Yes, I met a very interesting executive search professional via social media. She reached out to me via Twitter to learn more about Sodexo. We set up a time to talk, and she asked questions about what it was like to work in a corporate environment. We talked about the differences between the search firm environment vs. the corporate recruiting environment. Over the next several months we had several conversations on various topics, and I was able to see her depth of knowledge and diversity of thought, and her genuine love of the profession. About a year later, when we had an opening in our Talent Acquisition Group, I immediately thought of her.

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Carrie Corbin

Associate Director, Talent Attraction, AT&T

How would someone get on your radar?

For a smaller company, it's easier to try to contact someone directly and circumvent the typical apply process. However, in larger organizations - following the recruitment process becomes more important and you can attract the wrong kind of attention by trying to get around it. For me, standing out would be creating a resume and/or work examples that clearly call out and QUANTIFY your experience and accomplishments that relate to the job you're applying for. In media, marketing, or UX/IT? Look at creating an online portfolio of your work & including that link in your application/on your resume. Actual examples that showcase your awesomeness sell me and show me you’re the real deal.

Was there a candidate that totally wow-ed you and if yes, how did they do it?

I’m wowed when I see candidates take the same approach to branding themselves as I take to branding our business. Job seekers with cohesive messages about strengths, goals or overall work style show me they are thinking not about how to get hired or say the right thing, but about how to showcase a cohesive message and tell me something meaningful about themselves.


Carolyn Eiseman

Director, Employer Brand, Enterprise Rent-A-Car

How would someone get on your radar?

Social recruiting is a critical component of our hiring strategy, candidates can engage with us on any of our career social profiles. It is a great way to find a local recruiter, learn more about Enterprise, ask questions and ultimately fill out the required online application.

Was there a candidate that totally wow-ed you and if yes, how did they do it?

While we get significant engagement through our social career platforms, we would love to see more candidates interact in a more innovative way, such as using hash tags, or presenting a more unique look at the skills they can bring to Enterprise.

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Steve Fogarty

Sr. Manager, Employer Branding & Digital Recruiting, Adidas Group

How would someone get on your radar?

Easily.  I'm all over the place on social, all you have to do is look.  If you join one of adidas Group's career pages I'll be there. Then show me you are a great fit for adidas Group!  And do the heavy lifting; find roles that are a fit for you.  Our jobs are posted, apply, then let me know why you are a great fit and I'll pass it on to the right people.  That simple!

Was there a candidate that totally wow-ed you and if yes, how did they do it?

Candidates are getting more and more creative with getting attention.  I've been impressed with several candidates recently who have built infographics, videos and even full blown websites to convey their experience!  I'm a sucker for creative people with an awesome design sense.  But, this is not required to get the job.  Not everybody has these skills and we always go for the best person for the job.  As long as you are applying online and convey your experience, passion and goals clearly, you'll have a fair shot at getting into the adidas Group.

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Chris Hoyt

Global Talent Engagement & Marketing Leader, Pepsico

How would someone get on your radar?

Taking an active role in channels that recruiters and companies are invested in is a great way to land on the radar. Showing an interest and showcasing your expertise in a company LinkedIn group for example, lets recruiters see firsthand how you engage with others and certainly makes you easier to find!

Was there a candidate that totally wow-ed you and if yes, how did they do it?

The last few candidates to really impress me did so because they had cared for the basics so well.  They had connected with our organization on twitter, taken advantage of the information available on our company website with regards to PepsiCo's history, done their homework regarding our culture and reputation on Glassdoor and introduced themselves to other team members via LinkedIn. It wasn't about doing amazing and out of the box things to get our attention as an employer, it was about doing the right things really well.

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Jeremy Langhans

Manager, Global Talent Acquisition, Expedia

How would someone get on your radar?

The best way for candidates to get on my radar is to engage with us through our 7 social media presences. You can find them listed on about.me/lifeatexpedia.

Was there a candidate that totally wow-ed you and if yes, how did they do it?

Yes, my current intern. She DM'd me on Twitter and got the job!

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Chrystal Moore

Senior Recruiter, Philips Healthcare

How would someone get on your radar?

It’s fairly easy to get my attention since I’m fairly transparent. Reaching out to me via Twitter and LinkedIn are one of the easiest ways to get on my radar and even better when those individuals begin interacting with my posts, especially Philips related posts.  That level of interaction demonstrates their passion for Philips and even if I don’t have an employment opportunity available for that person at that precise moment, I’ll remember that person.

Was there a candidate that totally wow-ed you and if yes, how did they do it?

I found a candidate on LinkedIn over a year ago and unfortunately after interviewing, the position did not pan out.  We stayed connected on LinkedIn and throughout this past year, this candidate reached out to me periodically as well as commented and/or liked my LinkedIn status updates.  During this time, I thought “Wow…this person is really engaging and really wants to work for Philips.”  This past month, I had a position that became available and I knew that this candidate was a perfect match.   I shared the candidate’s information with the hiring manager as well as mentioned the level of passion this person has for Philips and long story short, we made an offer.


Shannon Smedstad

HR Social Media & Employer Brand Leader, GEICO

How would someone get on your radar?

I welcome job seekers to connect with me on LinkedIn! Generally speaking, I would encourage candidates to research companies first, check out current opportunities, and provide some context within their requests to connect.

Was there a candidate that totally wow-ed you and if yes, how did they do it?

Over the years, I have definitely been wowed! Candidates that are “wow-worthy” are typically very prepared, engaged throughout the interview, communicate well, can articulate the value they add, and also let their personalities shine through.

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Melissa Smith

Candidate Developer, Progressive Insurance

How would someone get on your radar?  Find a way to share your skill sets.  My role is to source Analyst talent for Progressive so things like “big data” “business analytics” “SAS” – are key words that peak my interest.  If you can’t share your resume, then it’s about what else you’re sharing.  Are you posting an article related to my search?  Are you participating in groups/organizations?  What are you doing?  It’s all about being relatable to my company and our openings.  Because even if it’s not about filling a specific opening today, if someone has the right skill set, I’m always interested in making a connection to potentially fill future openings as well.

Was there a candidate that totally wow-ed you and if yes, how did they do it?

I think sometimes candidates think being “wow’ed” needs to be flashy or complicated, but it doesn’t.  One of my recent successes comes from a candidate we recently hired for a Senior Analyst role.  He actually found me through my posts about Cleveland and our Analyst opportunities at Progressive.  He was relocating to Cleveland as a trailing spouse and when he found me realized we had both moved from Wisconsin to Cleveland.  I scheduled a brief call to learn a bit more about him and we hit it off from the beginning.  He’d been following my posts so he asked great questions about the city, my company and then got to asking about specific positions he’d seen me post.  I think the thing that wow-ed me was that he did his homework and was prepared to engage and ask questions.    He starts with us on 9/16.

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Will Staney

Director of Recruiting, SuccessFactors

How would someone get on your radar?

Candidates pique my interest when they see where I’m engaging the most and reach out to me there. I’m more active on Facebook and Twitter than I am on LinkedIn, so if a candidate can recognize that, and even further, see that I answer questions via these forums and ask me something engaging, they’ve just bypassed that ‘black hole’ so many resumes get lost in. Any candidate that’s proactive in reaching out directly in a public forum is bound to be looked at more quickly.

Was there a candidate that totally wow-ed you and if yes, how did they do it?

At my last company we had a candidate take our specific cloud-based presentation software and create a presentation-style resume for us. She tweeted this presentation to our company and I noticed. After I shared this internally the CEO tweeted back to her suggesting they talk further. Needless to say, she got the job and came in as a rockstar because folks knew her unique story and were impressed by her creativity in taking our own product, using it to get noticed and showcase relevant skills for her position.