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.