You meticulously craft the perfect job description, post it to your website, and within fifteen minutes, one ideal candidate pings your email. The same-day interview is seamless. They begin their new job tomorrow morning, at the same time you’ll be stopping off for a coffee on your way to another idyllic day.
Happens every day, right?
Even when everything works out perfectly, it’s never fully effortless. Bumps and potholes along the recruiting highway happen. But with a little help from these five tips, you can make your life as a recruiter easier.
It’s more than just a search engine; it’s your virtual assistant. And it can make those tough phone calls easier. Before you make your call, pull up Google in a new tab or window on your computer and position yourself so you can type and talk at the same time. Googling unfamiliar names or terms during a phone call can help you keep up to speed. You may never need to ask, “What is that?” again.
Read a Blog
Even the most passionate recruiter can have an off day where motivation is hard to come by. Rather than forcing yourself through the motions, take a few minutes to read a recruitment blog. Whether you’re the new kid on the recruiting block or a veteran dealmaker, reading a blog can help you:
- Keep up on job markets and trends
- Find answers to lingering questions
- Stay up to date on industry news
- Learn new things
- Find inspiration
Don’t Take It Personally
Nobody enjoys being told ‘No.’ But you probably hear it more in one day than many of your friends hear in a week. And chances are you’ve experienced more than just “no.” It can be hard not to take that personally! But remember, the person on the other end of that phone is probably just having an off day. Allow yourself to feel it for a moment; then shake it off and move on to the next call. Your ideal candidate is out there. Each new call takes you one step closer to them.
Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself
Roosevelt was right; we really don’t have anything to fear except fear. While you may be nervous before doing something new, reframing fear with an inquisitive, learning outlook can mean quicker successes and lower stresses. If you’ve never spoken with a lawyer before, you might be intimidated at the thought. But thinking of it as a learning opportunity, rather than something frightening, can help you through the process quickly and efficiently. And who knows, you might even enjoy it!
Technology can be a blessing when you’re doing a hundred things at once. Take advantage of apps and programs that allow you to reduce the amount of time you spend on administrative tasks. Set up reminders, automatic email replies, and more. The less time you spend doing the ordinary part of your day, the more time you have to be extraordinary.
Recruiting is a knowledge business; the more you know, the quicker you’ll grow.