There are many different types of roles that recruiters work on. They can be anything from contractual administrative roles to executive level roles, and they can be in any kind of industry. If I have learned anything as a recruiter who has worked on a variety of roles, it’s that each kind of role should be worked on differently. I have learned many tips and tricks in my journey as a recruiter, and here are the most important takeaways.
- Do your homework: That’s right! Recruiting is not just something you can jump into. Recruiting can be done in many different ways depending on the role, industry and company. Knowing how to find the best candidates in the industry is key, and the only way to find the best candidates is to do research regarding the company and the role. Make sure you know all the buzzwords to increase your search hits, as it will give you that extra advantage.
- Be professional: This should be obvious, but sometimes it feels like it needs to be reiterated, especially when talking about the Internet. Writing “hi” or “hello” in your correspondences and writing complete sentences in a professional tone goes a long way. Far too often do recruiters resort to shortcuts when using LinkedIn and email, that when you are the one making the effort to write properly, it doesn’t go unnoticed.
- Go beyond the qualifications: Filling a role is more than just matching candidates to your client’s job description. Your job as a recruiter is to find that one person who will not only do a fantastic job, but also fits with your client’s company culture. You could find the best candidate in the world on paper, but if he or she doesn’t fit with the company, it does not matter. We are with our co-workers for the majority of our waking hours, as are our clients. It is just as important to send them candidates with personalities you think will mesh well with those already working there, as it is sending them candidates that fit the job requirements.
- Keep in touch: When someone says they are not interested in the current role you have presented them with, respond politely and encourage them to keep in touch. Keeping in touch is as simple as connecting on LinkedIn. That way, when those candidates are looking for a new role, they can remember that they are connected with you and reach back out to see what new roles you are working on. Make sure that all candidates feel they can comfortably reach back out to you should they be looking for a new role, and keep that communication line open!