Recruiting can be tricky. It’s unique in that it doesn’t require any specific degree, yet remains one of the most (if not THE most) impactful job in the corporate world. It is a hybrid business role; a fusion of marketing, business development, strategic partnerships, public relations, and of course human resources all rolled into one. A recruiter is entrusted with matching great people with great companies, interacting with anyone from fresh college grads to hiring executives in order to learn about their needs. Every day can bring exciting new challenges, and being ready to take on those challenges starts with having the right tools for the job. So how do you know if you have the right recruiter for the job? Here are a few must-haves to look for in your next recruiter:

Sales — If you think about it, selling yourself as a recruiter is just like selling any other product or service. Versatility is important. In addition to selling their clients as a good fit, recruiters need to sell candidates on opportunities. Repeat customers translate to quality service from you, so leaving a trail of satisfied customers is great for all parties involved (a true win-win-win situation!). How is your recruiter’s track record?

Ready for Whatever — Career choices can be some of the most important (and stressful) decisions a person will make. The connection part is important, and that starts with understanding what makes a candidate tick. Building a strong relationship with a candidate helps to identify what makes them happy and successful in their work, ultimately leading to a dedicated employee who loves what they do. If a placement hits some bumps your recruiter should be ready to pick up the pieces and find a solution, even if it means starting from scratch. Is your recruiter ready?

Think Big Picture — We mentioned sales earlier, but it’s important to note that recruiting isn’t a one-and-done type deal. Keeping your best interests in mind, a recruiter should strive to understand your industry in order to help you build a talent pipeline. A strong network means access to candidates who might be quietly searching, giving you access to resumes before they even hit the market. Think of your recruiter as a business partner. Does your recruiter have your back?

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