Have you recently taken on a role in which you are supporting a lead recruiter on their assigned requisitions?  This is often a hard transition for recruiters, but doesn’t have to be.  Here are a few tips to help ease the transition and make it a mutually beneficial experience.

  1. Build the Relationship From Day 1

First thing you need to do is establish a strong connection with the recruiter.  This is the individual who will be measuring your work – your successes and fails.  Letting the recruiter know your experience and background gives them a good idea of what you are capable and how much they can rely on you.  Take interest in their background too!  Everyone enjoys talking about their own experience so ask about theirs.  You might have some common tools you have used in the past or even some common work areas.  Don’t just utilize LinkedIn.  Conversations are key.

  1. Start Off Strong 

Were you given some ramp up time to get going?  Ask what the expected goals will be for your work and strive to achieve those from the beginning.  Ramp up is real and very much needed, but if you set your eyes on the goal, you are sure to come that much closer to achieving them and more than likely, impress your direct supervisor in your new role.

  1. Consistency is the Name of the Game

While you might start off strong, be sure to maintain that stamina and drive every week.  Try reading some personal development material or a professional blog at the beginning of every week.  This will re-motivate you when work becomes monotonous or tedious and will push you to go further. This will continue to keep your recruiter well-supported and your supervisor pleased.

  1. Learn the Business

Ask poignant questions about where the organization is going and how your work directly affects the goals of the business.  This will give you an overall understanding of how what you are doing is important and contributes to the common good.  This is also very helpful if you are moved into other areas or groups and makes you an asset to every individual you work with.  Knowledge is power.

By utilizing these tips, you can help to make the transition seamless and build upon a strong working relationship while providing valuable recruiting support.  Seize every opportunity, every role, every day and you’ll reap the rewards.

By Amanda Cunningham | People Science Talent Advisor II