Recruiting is a valuable and powerful role for every company. Many great recruiters do not have any formal training or an official title of “recruiter” – the task of recruiting can often fall to front-line staff outside of HR. Whether a recruiter is a location manager seeking hourly employees or a member of a staffing firm, recruiting is huge part of any company’s success.
Without a recruiter, it would be impossible to attract the right job candidates!
Recruiting can be frustrating! It’s no easy task to attract top job candidates, hire the best people for the job, and to set a company up for long-term success. It requires discipline and motivation to become a great recruiter, but the rewards can be so satisfying, if you can pull it off! Take a look at 6 tips for success:
- Use Efficient Technology – Technology can make or break whether you are successful or not at recruiting. You need to be able to meet your candidates where they are – on their smart devices, which is the way the world searches for jobs in our tech-savvy universe. Embracing the right technology, that makes it super easy for your candidates to apply and for you to engage quickly, will be to your advantage.
- Master Excellent Communication – Recruiters constantly interact with candidates and many other people. It requires a people personality that makes people like you. There are plenty of free courses available online for developing your presentation, speaking, and writing skills. Your employer may even offer access to free training courses!
- Network & Grow Your Contacts – A great recruiter takes the time to build a network, but they also spend the time to foster those relationships. Life can often be about who you know, and you never know when you might need to call in a favor. Get online and build your web presence. Social Media will help you network, find job seekers and in turn, it will help job seekers find you.
- Let’s Be HONEST– Candidates are really tired of lies, fibs, dishonesty, or false promises made by dishonest recruiters. Always set the right expectations upfront about timelines, communications to expect, and certainly be honest about the job – set people up for the success that they deserve. Be honest about your availability. Candidates are likely applying to all sorts of jobs; you still need to be quick to respond at any reasonable hour.
- Organize & Conquer – The best recruiters are in control of every detail of the recruitment process. From spotting red flags on a resume to asking the right questions in a job interview to making the final hiring decisions, great recruiters don’t miss anything. Staying organized with a well-planned out calendar will help you stay on top of things. Be sure to schedule some quiet time to keep from spreading yourself too thin.
- Understand Your Audience – You may be hiring for multiple jobs in varying industries, or you only recruit for a specific niche. Either way, get ready to adapt your strategies and techniques so that you can always attract the top talent. The job isn’t about you, so understanding your universe of candidates, specific industries, buzz words, hiring trends etc., is very important!
Recruiters must be both creative and analytical if they want to become great at the job. It often requires you to be a matchmaker, marketer, salesperson, excellent communicator, researcher, with a dash of psychology.
It takes time and requires experience to become a great recruiter. Always stay willing to learn from your mistakes, glean knowledge from others, and try something new, and remember to…breathe, focus, hire! Get in touch with us to learn how we can help make hiring easier.