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Home » Blog » How To Recognize a Top Recruiter

How To Recognize a Top Recruiter

Posted on July 11th, 2016 by Gecko Recruitment

Recruiter Cares

As a Rec2Rec recruiter, I spend my days searching for recruiters who might find you a job one day.

If you live in Australia, there is a reasonable chance that one of my previous placements had given you a call or dropped you an email about a potential role. I’d like to think that you had a good experience with them, as I take the quality of my work extremely seriously.

If I do a bad job for my clients, the ripple effect travels far beyond their walls. The new recruit spoils relationships with clients and causes havoc with people’s careers. I am two degrees away from potential disaster, and therefore it is vital that my ability to spot the “genuine article” is finely tuned.

There are many qualities that make a star recruitment consultant, but the most important one is reflected in how they talk about their work…. they care about their candidates and their clients.

 

The “caring” recruiters don’t barge into the interview room spouting about how they smash their targets, how quickly they fill roles or how many company trips they have been on. Many of them are quiet and unassuming, happy to get on with their work of “making a difference.” They feel that they are in a privileged position and work tirelessly to justify the trust that their clients and candidates have in them.

 

They come in prepared to tell stories of how they have made a difference. Yes, they have earned money by placing candidates, but for them, that is almost incidental. They solved a problem by consulting with a client on a tricky role, they found a role for someone who had been looking for 6 months, or they helped someone relocate halfway around the world. They are in the business of making dreams come true, and you can immediately tell that they love it.

 

Despite what many people might think, it is not all about the numbers. Financial success is one component, but that can be achieved in various ways, and not all of them are sustainable. You can burn through 20 “quick and dirty” projects in succession and earn a packet, but if none of the clients want to work with you again, that isn’t worth much to your employer. You may have worked on a big project, but if you have 20 separate clients to deal with, you might feel lost.

 

The biggest challenge in recruitment is prioritising your time. You have so many choices of how to spend every minute, that is can seem overwhelming sometimes. The consultants who actively choose to prioritize building relationships are the ones that come out on top.

 

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