What Makes a Great Recruiter?

There are many articles written about how to improve a resume, improve interview performance, and increase hiring opportunity. However, there are key points for a recruiter to keep in mind that coincide with those three aspects.

Although a recruiter works independently with his or her candidates, they represent the agency as a whole. Reading over hundreds of resumes per week can become exhausting, but as a strong representative of your agency or as an internal company recruiter, it is vital to remember these key points in order to recruit the right candidates for the right position.

  1. Follow through: If you tell a candidate you will do something, be sure and follow through with that task-stay connected
  2. Reassure your candidate: Let them know that they are the priority and that you are working for them as well as your client
  3. Be consultative: If you know the job is not right for them, discuss other options and offer advice about how to go about finding the best next great opportunity.  Counsel them on suggestions to improve the content and appeal of their resume.  YOU as the recruiter are the subject matter expert.
  4. Build trust: Actively listen to your candidate and provide relevant feedback.  People want to work with people they like.
  5. Don’t talk too much: Listen to what their key driving points are to gain a good understanding about where they see themselves based off of prior experience. Ask a variety of questions so you are confident in who they are as your candidate to ensure proper job placement.

Your candidate is also a representation of you as a recruiter and the organization you are representing.

What Makes a Great Recruiter?

What a Recruiter Wants to See on Your Resume:

Submitting a resume can be difficult when measuring what to keep and what to get rid of. You may be the perfect candidate for the position. However, the structure of your resume may land you in the recycle bin with the rest of the shredded resumes.

Here are a few tips to guide you throughout your resume building to prepare you for job applications.

1) Relevance; Carefully read through the job description which you are applying for and jot down some key points that align with what you have on your resume. After you become familiar with the job you are applying for, go through your resume and eliminate any information that is useless to the new job.

2) Simplicity; If you don’t want to read through a 11 page resume, chances are neither will a recruiter. Limit your resume to 2-3 pages. Recruiters understand that in a contract job, you accomplish many tasks. However, it is not necessary to bullet every detail. Keep in mind numbers. Numbers are an simple and valid way to show a recruiter your performance at a previous job.

  • The average resume gets looked at for 15 seconds, that’s it. Keep this in mind when you are deciding which information to keep and which to remove.

3) Timeline; Always structure your resume from where you are currently working and then work backwards. Remember to limit this to 2-3 pages, so if you have had several jobs in recent months, decide which ones fit into a timeline that not only show consistency, but also that show upward mobility.

What a Recruiter Wants to See on Your Resume: