5 Tips for Advancing in the Staffing and Recruiting World
Do you know what talent looks like? How effectively can you source candidates? How good are your relationship-building skills? These questions all pertain to your experience and your ability to identify methods that work well and those that don’t.
Success and advancement in staffing and recruiting require a complex set of skills. It’s an art crafted over years of experience, but the good news is, it’s completely attainable.
Here are some tips to help lead you on your path toward advancement within the staffing and recruiting world.
1. Evolve to Stay Relevant
The way recruiters do things now is entirely different than it was twenty, ten, or even five years ago. The same will likely prove true in the future. To be successful in recruiting, you must stay relevant while evolving with market trends; understanding what drives candidates and clients, building a strong network, and embracing recruiting technology.
Methods to Stay Top of Mind:
- Phone Calls/Texts
- Relationship Management
- Social Media Engagement
- Leadership/Networking Events
- Recruitment Marketing
- Inbound Recruiting
This full suite of recruitment tactics will help you attract, nurture, and place candidates. At the end of the day, the recruiter with the best candidate for the job gets the placement. Typically, this is going to be the person that has access to the most candidates.
2. Bring the Sales Mentality Everyday
When you think about sales, what pops into your head? Maybe it’s someone eager to sell you something? Someone passionate, energetic, and knowledgeable about the product they’re trying to sell? These are all qualities good recruiters also possess.
When you’re a recruiter, you’re always recruiting. You never know who you’re going to meet in line at a random coffee shop or on the subway. Whomever you talk to could potentially have the exact skill set you’re looking for to fill your next placement.
3. Relationship Management
Relationship management is all about building trust. When a person decides to send you information regarding a possible job opening, they’re entrusting you with a potentially life-changing event – this carries a lot of weight.
Ensuring open and clear communication throughout your relationship is imperative. And if you build a strong enough bond with the candidate, there’s a possibility it will turn into a continuing relationship where you both benefit each other. The average person changes jobs ten to fifteen times throughout their career. If you’ve honed your relationship management skills, you can capitalize on this.
4. Develop an Eye-Popping Brand
Have you ever thought of yourself as a brand? If not, it’s a good time to start. Your brand is the first impression, telling people who you are and what you represent. What does your brand say about you? Once you have a brand, you need to stay true to your brand by:
- Adhering to your core values
- Being clear in your messaging
- Knowing your industry
- Dressing the part
Adhering to your brand sounds simple, but consistency is key to attracting more candidates. As candidates do their research, they’ll investigate all the different mediums you’re using. Having consistent branding will make them more comfortable about connecting with you and trusting you in their job hunt.
5. Empathy Wins
The Oxford dictionary defines empathy as “The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.” The ability to capture this will make connections with candidates so much easier. As we mentioned before, becoming a good recruiter requires a complex set of skills. It’s not simply about having a great sales mentality, relationship building skills, or being able to utilize recruitment tactics. By allowing you to forge deeper, more meaningful connections with others, empathy is the glue that keeps it all together.
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