It was 1892 in Western Oklahoma, my Great Grandfather had settled on a piece of land, not far from the Old Chisholm Trail. He made this his home, in the side of a hill for a while. As he stood out at the edge of the prairie grass, looking out over the wildflowers, locals call Indian Paintbrush, he knew he had traveled far. But more importantly, he had a vision, and he had a passion for what he wanted for his family, himself, and all of those around him.
I was born in Oklahoma, and then raised in Missouri. It was much later that I moved around, after my time in the Marine Corps, and a tour in Vietnam. After a long career in retail management, I changed course, and became a Direct Hire Recruiter.
When I became a recruiter, my first task was to learn vision, and attack my work with passion. This required me to be extremely focus on the task at hand. After awhile I became skilled at this….focusing. I would hope that clients are looking for this in their own recruiters. Measuring recruitment quality can be very difficult.
Here are some other reasons why clients should love recruiters:
Save The Clients’ Time. The time it takes to search and source can run up to 40 to 80 hours a week, for just five great candidates. Good recruiters will not just find the candidate that fits the bullet points on a job description, but instead will find a person who is going to interview well for that company’s environment. Good recruiters don’t just throw resumes at a position. I would rather throw three good ones than 10 bad ones.
Sell the company and find the Sizzle. After a couple of placements, the trust factor kicks in, and the recruiter starts to learn more about their client’s business, they get to know the hiring managers, the HR staff, and management personnel. They may have even toured the facility. At this point, a recruiter has something to hang on to, and that is respect. As a recruiter, I know their business, and I know their people. I am confident I can find them the right people, THAT FIT IN.
Prepping Candidates For Interview. If I prep a candidate correctly, I save everybody from embarrassment. Here are the main points that I emphasize with any candidate:
Recruiting is made up of a number of processes, and a good recruiter becomes very skilled with those processes as time goes along. Pick your recruiter as though you were picking your next employee. As your relationship flourishes, he will represent you, and work hard for you.
Dan Rice CPC