- Be sure your resume spells out your plastics experience. Each company you’ve worked at should have a description of what kind of plastics process they use and how big the company is (e.g., “ABC Plastics is a $50 million dollar plastic injection molder of food packaging…”).
- Your resume should also include accomplishments in terms of percentages and dollars that you saved or earned the company.
- Email your resume to the Plastics Recruiter and then follow up with a phone call stating who you are, when you sent your resume and what kind of position you are looking for. It’s okay to leave a voice mail stating this information as well. If the recruiter feels that he or she can use your information, they will save it in their database.
- Most headhunters have a lot on their plate. Daily follow up calls are too much but a phone call, email or voicemail once a month to them would be sufficient and appreciated. Believe me when I tell you that if that recruiter has something for you, they will let you know!
- 5. If the recruiter does call you about a plastics job, it is important to disclose your current salary and any other financial information in regards to your current compensation package. Most people feel that this lessens their chance at a better offer, but the opposite is true. My experience has shown that when my clients understand a candidate’s full compensation, they will come forward with a better offer.
Other Tips for Jobs in The Plastics Industry
- As a Plastics Recruiter, I very rarely see candidates who are in search of a job at the different plastics trade shows. Earlier this year, a candidate of mine that just had a phone interview with a client of mine went to Pack Expo to see my client at their booth. They were so impressed that he would go out of his way to see them and learn more about them at the show that they immediately brought him in for a face to face interview. He got the job and beat out several other candidates that were in the interviewing process.
- If you do not subscribe to Plastics News, you should do that. You can go on line at www.plasticsnews.com and find all the contact information for hundreds of plastics companies. Sending your resume and following up with a phone call to those plastics companies can be very effective in your job search.
In conclusion, when working with Plastics Recruiters / Headhunters in your job search, you can be certain that they want to do what’s in your best interest and their client’s best interest. A recruiter is only successful when both the client and the candidate are happy with each other. If you feel there is a lack of trust with either the plastics recruiter or the plastics company, keep looking!
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