12 “Very Particular Set of Skills” for Recruiters (Part 2)

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RecruitersBeing the best is no easy task. It requires hard work and discipline. It doesn’t take long to realize how dedicated you have to be at your craft, in order to be the best at it. The world’s best recruiters know and understand this. To excel at their craft, they have learned to develop a set of habits, which define the set of skills that make them part artist and part scientist. These big cats carry with them a set of 12 notable habits that highlight the makeup that makes them great.

7. Use Social Media

You probably won’t find too many recruiters that don’t operate in social networks to find candidates. Today, about 91 percent of recruiters are using social media networks to recruit candidates. And why wouldn’t they? The user bases on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are huge. These networks create an opportunity to engage with candidates in real-time and establish connections.

8. Talent Community Builders

Social networks are great for establishing connections, but what good is this connection in the long-term if you can’t harness its true power? Great recruiters not only work to match candidates and employers together, but to establish long-term relationships with both sides to build trust, customer loyalty, and referrals. According to the CIPD/Hays Resourcing and Talent Planning survey, the ‘war for talent’ rose from 20 percent in 2009 to 62 percent in 2013. Building a talent community or pool is a much more effective way to play the game.

9. Super Effort Trackers

Nothing spells disaster like not knowing where your effort is best being spent. The best usually know why they are the best. Top recruiters learn in what aspects of their work they excel in by tracking metrics that can tell a story of their progress. In 2013, 40 percent of employees who started out in a new position left their jobs voluntarily after six months, based on data from the workforce insights arm of credit-reporting agency Equifax. Top recruiters work to minimize this percentage; it does not count as a win and reduces the chances of receiving a referral. Knowing information like this tells them when something’s wrong and needs fixing.

10. They Go The Distance

The best recruiters always give it everything they got from beginning to end. They go all in. Matching candidates and employers correctly means the candidate is more likely to stick around because they are engaged. Companies with engaged employees earn two and a half times more revenue than companies with low engagement levels. Not only does everyone win when this happens, but the best recruiters know this kind of pay-off drives personal business results that are worth going the distance for.

11. Build Reputation

A smart recruiter keeps it real with candidates and employers. They do so because this is who they are. The best recruiters use their engagement, customer satisfaction, and candidate referrals to build a reputation for themselves. Candidate referrals tend to experience greater job satisfaction and stay longer at companies: 46 percent over 1 year and 47 percent over 3 years. It doesn’t happen overnight, but the best recruiters can build a candidate referral pipeline that they are known for, and have earned by being upfront about the recruiting process.

12. Ready For The Next Task

It’s never all said and done with the best. There is always a chip on their shoulders. Great recruiters are ready for the next candidate placement task or emerging recruiting trends. They are not afraid of tomorrow, because they are well prepared for it. They are target-driven, due to their vision they have turned into reality through their recruiting efforts.

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Originally posted on Recruiter.com

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