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After an internship as an intern recruiter, and now working at an extern recruiting agency, I get the feeling recruiting is all about.

1. Searching CVs

2. Being on the phone (being it talking to candidates, or cliënts)

3. Making new connections

If you are great at these 3, are you then seperated from the poor and mediocre recruiters?

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As a full cycle recruiter, my answer to this question would be.

 

1. Finding and Qualifying a job order : Without a good job order and a client that will respect and work well with you, you will struggle to succeed. You need to be a detective with good research skills, and a good listener to know which jobs and candidates you can succeed with.

2.You must be able to initiate and cultivate good relationships: This is true for both clients, and candidates. Many times this does happen by phone because you cannot wait for them to come to you, you must acquire a huge network of potential clients and candidates. You will find that throughout your career, the once candidate becomes the client if you cultivated and maintained the relationship.

3. You must be self-disciplined: The role of a recruiter is not an easy one. You must wear a lot of hats and manage multiple tasks at the same time. You must plan your day, and work that plan, EVERY DAY. You must know your "policy" aka what you will and will not accept from clients and/or candidates and be prepared to stick to your guns where this policy is concerned, even if it means not making the placement. This will earn you respect, and without that, you will never be successful in this role.

 

Amy McDonald

President, REKRUTR

www.rekrutr.com

@REKRUTR

 

If you are on the phone so much, how does that rhyme with multi-tasking? How much of your time do you spend on your phone on a daily basis?

Amy McDonald said:

As a full cycle recruiter, my answer to this question would be.

 

1. Finding and Qualifying a job order : Without a good job order and a client that will respect and work well with you, you will struggle to succeed. You need to be a detective with good research skills, and a good listener to know which jobs and candidates you can succeed with.

2.You must be able to initiate and cultivate good relationships: This is true for both clients, and candidates. Many times this does happen by phone because you cannot wait for them to come to you, you must acquire a huge network of potential clients and candidates. You will find that throughout your career, the once candidate becomes the client if you cultivated and maintained the relationship.

3. You must be self-disciplined: The role of a recruiter is not an easy one. You must wear a lot of hats and manage multiple tasks at the same time. You must plan your day, and work that plan, EVERY DAY. You must know your "policy" aka what you will and will not accept from clients and/or candidates and be prepared to stick to your guns where this policy is concerned, even if it means not making the placement. This will earn you respect, and without that, you will never be successful in this role.

 

Amy McDonald

President, REKRUTR

www.rekrutr.com

@REKRUTR

 

I spend the majority of my day on the phone even though I am no longer in a recruiting role. When I was a recruiter, I spent all of my day and part of my night on the phone. It takes good planning, for sure, but it can be done. Multi-tasking means being on the phone, looking at the client's website or the candidate's CV; taking notes on the job order or reading the cues that the candidate is offering you towards diagnosing their pain and discovering their selling points; logging all of this information into the database while actively listening and building a relationship with the individual on the other end of the call.
 
Kris said:

If you are on the phone so much, how does that rhyme with multi-tasking? How much of your time do you spend on your phone on a daily basis?

Amy McDonald said:

As a full cycle recruiter, my answer to this question would be.

 

1. Finding and Qualifying a job order : Without a good job order and a client that will respect and work well with you, you will struggle to succeed. You need to be a detective with good research skills, and a good listener to know which jobs and candidates you can succeed with.

2.You must be able to initiate and cultivate good relationships: This is true for both clients, and candidates. Many times this does happen by phone because you cannot wait for them to come to you, you must acquire a huge network of potential clients and candidates. You will find that throughout your career, the once candidate becomes the client if you cultivated and maintained the relationship.

3. You must be self-disciplined: The role of a recruiter is not an easy one. You must wear a lot of hats and manage multiple tasks at the same time. You must plan your day, and work that plan, EVERY DAY. You must know your "policy" aka what you will and will not accept from clients and/or candidates and be prepared to stick to your guns where this policy is concerned, even if it means not making the placement. This will earn you respect, and without that, you will never be successful in this role.

 

Amy McDonald

President, REKRUTR

www.rekrutr.com

@REKRUTR

 

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