I have encountered all types of people thus far in my short recruiting career. I’ve heard people tell me that they aren’t really looking for a job because their unemployment is paying too well right now and they don’t want to give that up, no matter how good the position I am presenting to them. I’m sure every recruiter has unlimited outrageous stories of things they’ve heard from candidates, clients, and interviews gone awry. I have some of these same stories however they all seem to involve the people that do not get the job. I prefer to focus on successes and how wonderful it makes me feel to not only please our clients, but to also help someone achieve a goal which is central to their quality of life. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy hearing/sharing my stories of weirdness when it comes to this profession however, I think that is another blog post altogether.
In my opinion I work with some of the best recruiters in the business. Bruce has been an integral part of my success. He has served as an amazing mentor and confidant. He has always taken the time to answer all of my questions, which must seem endless at times. He has been in this industry a long time and loves what he does. He helps to keep me motivated and to keep things in perspective. He always provides words of encouragement and constructive criticism which make me a better recruiter. Todd is another recruiter who has helped me in numerous ways as well. He has a great report with everyone he speaks with and has also helped to mentor me. His advice and help have been invaluable and an integral ingredient in my success. I work with a great team and my success is a direct reflection of their skills, abilities, experience, and unending support.
To this point I think the most important lesson I have learned is this; recruiting is not easy. It’s stressful, aggravating, tiring, at times infuriating, and taxing. Recruiting is also fulfilling, gratifying, and a source of great pride for me personally. You cannot be successful in this business if you are not self-motivated. There are so many ups and downs in this profession that I feel that I’m on a rollercoaster most weeks however, it keeps me on my toes. With everyday comes a new challenge and reward. I love the diversity in my work and not knowing what kind of situation will arise with each ring of the telephone or e-mail in my inbox. For me, this is where I want to be and what I want to be doing. I am an Associate Recruiter for Experis and I’m very proud of that.
“Hey Chris, have you ever thought about working in recruiting?”. That’s how it all started. This was a question posed to me by my now Managing Director at a local networking event I attended. I had recently graduated with my Masters degree in Human Services and was actively looking for an entry-level position in Human Resources. I had considered going into recruiting but most of the positions I had seen were in-house recruiting positions and they all “preferred” experience within the field. I discussed the field of recruiting with my now Managing Director and did some homework on my own. After a few interviews I had my first job in the recruiting industry, I was a contract sourcer.
I worked as a contract sourcer for several months before being hired on permanently as an Associate Recruiter with Experis. I currently have the opportunity to go through a one year certification/training program which will eventually lead to being one of the first Certified Recruiters for my company. While I have only been working in the recruiting industry for 10 months, I have gained great insight into the recruiting world. I have learned what a unique culture it is and how many challenges go along with this industry. Every day I continue to have my eyes opened, in both good and bad ways, to the adventure and challenges of putting people to work.
I learned very quickly that recruiting is sales. As someone who swore they would never work in sales I found this truth to be ironic. But what I realized is that I had a very negative stereotype of what I thought “sales” was. I have learned that while we are sales people, we are ultimately helping people improve their lives. While I understand this may sound a bit dramatic, I truly believe this and it is reaffirmed every time a candidate thanks me for helping them land a job, improve their resume, or refer them to a resource that is useful to them. I take great pride in this role and it is one of the main aspects which keep me highly motivated to do what I am doing.
I understand that as recruiters we “work” for our clients. They give us the opportunity to work for them and ultimately trust us to help them achieve their business goals. In fact, my Managing Director has a saying that rings true to this fact. When asked what we do, he says “We help our clients win in the world of work in the most economical way”. I’ve learned our clients are the reason we are here however; I also believe that we wouldn’t be able to do what we do for our clients without our candidates.
Providing a positive experience for our candidates has been of stressed importance since my first day on the job. I have always witnessed and been trained to give the candidates we speak with a great experience and great service. This will ultimately set us apart from our competitors but also will show our candidates that we want to get to know more about them than what is on their resume. We want to know what they WANT to do, where they want to go, what their situation is, and what is going to be the best fit for them. This helps us not only to connect with our candidates, but also helps our candidates connect with us. Ultimately, this also helps us provide the best fit possible for our clients by having a deeper understanding of our candidates. We want to help our candidates feel like a person and not a number or just another resume in a database.
To Be Continued……..