All of my favorite business quotes are about recruiting. They include:
"The secret of my success is that we have gone to exceptional lengths to hire the best people in the world." - Steve Jobs
"A company should limit its growth based on its ability to attract enough of the right people." - Jim Collins
"I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day you bet on people, not on strategies." - Lawrence Bossidy
"The key for us, number one, has always been hiring very smart people." - Bill Gates
There has never been a better time to be in the recruiting industry. Here are my top 10 reasons to become a recruiter NOW:
1. Your Work is High Impact and Exciting
Helping a growing company respond competitively within its marketplace through exceptional hiring is exciting and critically important. Some days it feels a little like the NFL draft with all the best teams trying to select the top talent. And often a really experienced and intuitive recruiter can spot an incredible hire that others may have overlooked. Think of the New England Patriots grabbing an undrafted Tom Brady in the 6th round.
2. Record Low Unemployment
Record low unemployment means that you’ll be working in a high demand marketplace and your efforts will be immediately valued. A completed search and hire are a relatively quick way to prove your ability and have your success recognized.
3. Consistent Growth
The recruiting industry has seen consistent growth for the past six years with no immediate end in sight. If you work hard and learn the industry, you will advance more quickly than in any other entry-level position.
4. Build Interpersonal Skills
By learning how to quickly and effectively interview candidates, you will own a skill that will benefit you throughout your entire career and transfer to any business.
5. Career Growth Wisdom
Learn how the hiring process works across a variety of companies. Each hiring company has different processes and approaches. You will be exposed to them all and gain an impressive amount of knowledge.
6. Impact Someone's Life
Helping people with their careers feels fantastic. Career choices can often be the most important decisions in someone’s life. By guiding a candidate through the search and hiring process, you become a valued partner. For a good recruiter, these relationships can last decades and prospective candidates can one day evolve into the best of clients.
7. Learn the Importance of Hiring Strategy
Learn how businesses are driven by people and how a great or poor hire can dramatically alter the growth trajectory of a business. Good recruiting as part of an agile hiring strategy has a direct and proven impact on a company’s growth and success.
8. Build Meaningful Relationships
Learn the importance of building relationships built on trust, knowledge and value.
9. Build an Amazing Support Network
Build a strong personal network. You will be meeting top talent and working with management on a daily basis. These are amazing people with incredible backgrounds and business experiences. You’ll value these conversations, relationships and possibly friendships.
10. Learn Strategic Decision-Making Skills
Learn how to manage the complex processes within a two-sided marketplace (candidates and hiring companies). You will never have a boring day as you learn to listen and respond to both sides of this equation.
Read these resources to become a better recruiter:
- 5 Things a Good Recruiter Should Know
- Everyday Recruiting Tips for the Everyday Recruiter
- Eight Tips to Remember Someone After a Networking Meetup
- How to Hire for Culture
- Best Practices: Managing a Successful Recruiting Project
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