There are certain traits I think every Recruiter needs to have, to be successful. Here they are, in no particular order:
Be structured. Recruiting is a few simple disciplines practiced every day.
Be able to adapt. You must me able to drop what you are doing to start something else. You never know where that next phone call is going to take you. This is the people business, we deal with people all day long. Even though each situation or scenario is the same – it is also different.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You don’t know everything. Ask the candidate and company – they are the experts. Keep learning and become the expert in the industry.
Partner with the Candidate. You are in this together. Be the expert, be the advisor and counselor. Make sure they have a good candidate experience. They are going to get a job and if it is not yours then make sure they remember you and refer others to you.
Pick-up the phone. Too many newer recruiters are relying on technology and email. Just pick up the phone and talk to people.