Whether you are an agency recruiter, RPO, full desk, or corporate recruiter, you all have the same goal; fill positions for your perspective client(s). Whether you are a high volume recruiter recruiting for call center personnel or an executive recruiter looking for a needle in a haystack, every recruiter’s job ultimately ends with one of two results; filling the position or a failure to fill a role at a critical time for the company. With the latter, there could be a multitude of reasons that are out of your control as to why a position isn’t filled, but that is aside from the point.
Often, you’ll hear recruiters providing “wise words” to perspective and current recruiters who are looking for advice. “Work smarter not harder”, “The early bird gets the worm” (yes, I’ve seen this recently), “It’s a numbers game”, and “Keep dialing until you find the right candidate”. All of this advice really does nothing for a recruiter – it provides common sense points and displays them for recruiters who then in turn ignore that advice. Ultimately, each recruiter has their own way to recruit – hitting the phones, deep diving into sourcing with complex Boolean strings, targeting passive candidates and so forth.
The biggest take away is knowing what works for you. Don’t get pressured into thinking that you have to recruit in one specific way; if something doesn’t work, switch it up. If you’re successful, remember what got you there. No matter what way you go about recruiting, there will always be ups and downs and any type of recruiting takes hard work and determination. The key is finding what works best for you and to not fall into the trap of recruiting one way because someone told you so; as Fleetwood Mac says, “you can go your own way”.
By Joe Griesbach | People Science Sr Talent Advisor