What is the best way to reach out to a recruiter?
There is this rotational program that one of the companys I would like to work for offers. They accept 3 different applicants into the program: developers, data scientists, and designers. I want to apply for the designer position however at this time they are currently only looking for developers. I found a recruiter for the company on LinkedIn and want to ask them if there is any chance the designer role will be open again or maybe it hasn't been opened yet? I'm not sure whats the best way to ask this. How could I phrase the question in a more professional manor? technology internship computerscience
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"Hello X. I noticed that your company is only looking for developers for the Rotational Program. Would you be able to provide any insight as to whether there will be opening in the future for the other positions. I know can be of great value to your company due to X. "
1. Who you are (name and year in school/major if applicable should be sufficient)
2. Why you're reaching out (to make a new connection? to learn more about the open positions? In your case, you want to know if the designer position is still open, so make sure you're specific so the recruiter knows what you're looking for)
3. Thank you!
As others have said, make sure you've done your homework on the company and the program. If the recruiter wants to get on the phone with you you'll feel much more prepared if you know about the program and have your questions ready to go. It can be helpful to go over your own experiences as well in case they ask you to tell them about yourself. At the end of the day, they will appreciate the initiative you took to find out more, and even if you find out they are no longer accepting applicants for the designer position you will have gained valuable networking practice!
I think it's great that you are interested in a rotational development program. I did one for Finance and it was highly valuable. Before reaching out to the recruiter I would consider finding someone on Linkedin that is currently in the program so you can learn from them. You should know as much as possible before going to the recruiter so they know you are serious and have done your "homework" so to speak! After you feel prepared, you can reach out to the recruiter to learn more and express your interest. You can indicate that you would love to be on the radar for future open opportunities or what you can do to prepare in order to be an excellence candidate. In the meantime, maybe there are other companies that offer something similar that you can consider
I hope this helps and best of luck!
Recruiters - especially those at large companies - see very high volumes of applications. In some cases, they use artificial intelligence to screen through the cover letters and resumes for key words describing your experience. Recognizing that, it's important to personalize the letter to both the company and the position using similar language and highlighting your most relevant skills and any experience that you have that will support your assertion that you're a strong candidate for the role. The added benefit of personalizing the letter is that it will make you stand out as a candidate who really wants this specific job at their company (vs. a candidate who just wants any job).
If you're just trying to make a connection via LinkedIn, a cover letter is likely unnecessary but the same principles apply. A personal touch to the note that demonstrates genuine interest will carry you much further than a generic one.
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