Recruiters that have a vast network of contacts make them more valuable. Recruiting is a relationship business. You need the desire and skills to build relationships effectively, and, to some extent, a predisposition to connecting with people. Your success as a recruiter is due, in part, to the people you know and how they feel about you. Recruiters that have great relationship building skills with all people involved in the process are crucial. It will allow you to build trust and attract clients as well as jobseekers more easily. Great recruiters will leverage social media, job boards and applications to gain a greater network of candidates and prospective clients.
Recruiters deal with companies and candidates on a daily basis and need to juggle multiple projects and tasks simultaneously. Recruiters are pulled in many different directions every day. It’s important to stay organized and keep in mind the details of various jobs, companies and candidates is important in order to work efficiently as well as effectively.
- Clear communication
Recruitment is a people business and dealing with people is how you earn a living. As a recruiter your interactions with candidates and clients must always be tactful and professional across all platforms; email, face-to-face and of course on social media too. There are situations in which a recruiter needs to prove that they are considerate and gracious in order to maintain a good reputation.
- Time management
Successful recruiters are wise with their time. Adopt time management strategies that work for you, get organized, delegate or outsource work, minimize distractions, stop procrastinating and improve your productivity and efficiency. Recruiters in a bull market will typically be working on a high number of jobs with several clients and juggling the process with a high volume of candidates too. Time management skills and the ability to juggle multiple projects will help you to keep on top of your game. It’s important to minimize distractions. A lot of us have this constant urge to check our phone every 15 minutes.
- Accept things that are outside of your control
You can do everything that leads up to a job offer for your candidate, but you can’t force someone to accept it. The most important characteristic of a good recruiter is the ability to bounce back from disappointment or failure. Nothing is more disappointing than spending several weeks working hard to bring a client and candidate together, only to have something out of your control destroy the opportunity. It’s important to remember that recruitment is very competitive and target driven, therefore you need have a strong backbone and be well adapted to handling high pressured situations. Many times you will find that opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. Make sure you are aware that not everything is as it seems. Remember that patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.