Okay, I give in. I am going to give you the secrets. I've been the sales person. I've been the senior recruiter. I have been the account manager. I have been the corporate recruiter. I went back to school to get a Master's Degree and have some HR sense. I have even been a VP of HR's right hand person.
Recently, I have had a lot of people in staffing asking me how to break into an account. I have heard "They just won't return my call" to "I've tried to be introduced through someone else". I have also heard "HR is just not bringing on additional vendors right now" or "How do I get on the vendor list?". If you work with a staffing firm, does this sound familar?
So since I have been on both sides of the coin (agency and corporate) and I am truly a sales person, I am going to help you out. I shouldn't, but I will. Being a corporate recruiter, it pains me to see the countless errors most staffing professionals make. Most every account can be broken, but you need to know some things if you want to do it. Here are 5 logical tips. Give them a try and see if you become more successful and see if your paycheck increases next month.
1. HR & Corporate Recruiters Won't Help Much- Truthfully & respectfully, as a corporate recruiter, HR could care less about what you offer. We get paid the same way. We don't feel like we need your services. People are going to question HR and the value we bring to an organization when we use an agency. Paying you only makes us look like we aren't capable of doing our jobs. We also have busy schedules and agencies aren't on the top of our list. Depending on the size of the company, HR departments can receive 10-20 staffing calls a day. There is a strong probability that you won't get called back simply because sometimes we have to prioritize and agencies aren't at the top of our priority list.
2. If you Go After The Managers That Have Pain, Have a Plan & Make Sure The Company Can Pay You- As an Agency recruiter, developing the relationships with managers that need recruiting help is important to your success. HR has a hard time saying no to a manager who has found the candidate they want with an agency. The managers are the customers of HR and recruiting. That being said, make sure you aren't crossing any bridges and make sure the company can pay the fees. If you don't do this, you are wasting your time.
3. Kill Them With Kindness & Be Real- So you say your company has placed x amount of people? I heard it before. Remember I was the person that pitched it. If you aren't a likeable person, they won't want to do business with you. Develop some common ground between the manager and YOU before going in for the kill. You may get a one time hire by going in and flexing your muscles, but no one wants to do business with people that they don't like, and can trust.
4. Be Persistent- & Patient Do you know how many people I see that come and go in staffing every year? Start early, and remain comitted to your profession. If you plan on being in recruiting 6 months, you might as well quit now. If you have to deliver donuts for 2 years, or if you have to send an e-mail every week, that may be what it takes. Don't give up and don't take the first 10 no's. The tortus wins the race, not the hare.
5. Have An Outstanding Reputation- Treat every client, and I do mean every client, like they are your only client. Word of mouth goes a long way. If you have treated someone right and have supplied them with good people, then they will be willing to help you out in any way. It is hard to overcome a bad reputation and you may spend a career trying to fix what you messed up.
Hopefully that helps your career as a staffing profesional. I have great admiration for you as I have been in your shoes at one point in my career. You have a tough job and if done correctly, you could help many organizations.
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