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What Does a Recruiter Do?
Sometimes our hiring managers and business leaders are not fully aware of all of the work that goes into growing our organizations. Often, we are looked at as an unnecessary expense on overhead of an organization.
Recruiters Are Expert Researchers.
As recruiters, we need to know where to find people and the market intelligence around the industries we recruit for. There are many tools we use to find people to join our organizations. A good recruiter is constantly updating their skills because recruitment changes rapidly. Recruitment is very data driven. We use a variety of tools to source our candidates. Boolean search is data search method used by recruiters. It can be a very simple or very complex. I compare it to writing to writing code because if you are one key off, the meaning of search string changes. Another tool that we use is networking and it is extremely valuable no matter what you do for a living. The ability to link people and ideas is extremely important. A great recruiter knows the value of a good connection. Analytics is one of the most valuable tools that I use as a recruiter. I use analytics to determine market salaries, how many people are in the market with niche skills and where do I locate these people.
Recruiters Are Organizational Matchmakers.
When working on filling positions for our organizations, we make connections with candidates and hiring managers. The position & company has been a good fit for the candidate. The candidate has to been a good match for company & role. Making bad matches is to no one's advantage, even if you work for a staffing firm. There are several reasons why bad matches hurt both the recruiter and the company. The first reason is the reputation of the recruiter can be harmed by making a bad match. The second reason is it is double work on the recruiter because they will have to refill the position if the candidate doesn't work out. Third, it costs the company unnecessary extra money.
Recruiters Are Trainers.
As recruiters, we find ourselves training our hiring managers and candidates on the company's hiring process. We protect the company from legal issues by insuring compliance in our hiring practices. We train our hiring managers on fair practices, how to interview our candidates, and selection process. When our hiring managers have questions on the process, they turn to us for answers. We also in turn guide them on the process and try to insure that they are compliant. For our candidates, we do the same. We guide them through applying to different positions and let them know what steps to expect. We personalize the process for both our candidates and hiring managers.
Recruiters Are the Face of the Organization.
Recruiters are usually the first people candidates come into contact with. We are the reflection of the company. We organize and attend job fairs, networking events, and campus events. We know the company inside out and understand the leadership structure of the organization. We are sales people, organizers, negotiators, matchmakers, trainers, researchers, and public relations specialists. Our ability to convince the right people to join our organizations is what makes a great recruiter. A lot of people have this idea that all recruiters do is search the job boards and cold call candidates. The way I've heard it described as if there was no skill to recruiting, that all we do is collect resumes and hand them to our hiring managers. If this were truly the case, we wouldn't make good matches. There is even the thought that all we do is collect resumes from our applicant tracking systems. That is also not the case, while the applicant tracking system is a great tool, we still have to open our minds to passive candidates and convince them to join us.
Recruiters are extremely important to an organization because we are the life supply of people to the organization. Without people, an organization doesn't have the manpower to grow or even complete their current projects.People create revenue for the company which translates into profits. Personally, I love my job and find it to be very fulfilling. I love that I get to meet new people every day and that I am able to help my organization grow. I believe in what I do and when you believe in what you do, you have the ability to be successful.