It is no wonder that the recruitment sector has mushroomed in the last few years, as the business in numerous fields for searching candidates and administering the processes involved in choosing the right ones.
Each year new tools, technologies, and platforms are being developed in the recruitment industry to help take ‘recruiting to the next level.’ But the problem is, all these amazing breakthroughs can be fruitless due to the inadequate behavior of consultants.
When you’re hiring a recruitment consultant for your organizations, look for some essential skills, traits and qualities. Aside from regular skills like the ability to work hard, good communication, and team player – here are a few of the most important must haves:
1. Strategic Thinking
Gone are the days when you have to make a number of calls in a day to get the leads. But, now you need to be able to research and map out your market and create a list of target clients based on company size, company reputation, hires per year, previous use of agencies etc.
2. Committed & Consultative
These two are an essential qualities for a recruiter for a long-term success. Understanding the requirements of your candidates and clients is important to build long and beneficial relationships.
If you show great interest in their needs throughout the process, and if you only work for the best companies and clients, it will be much easier to recruit and gain expertise at what you’re doing.
As a recruiter, you can’t always rely on your seniors, manager or colleagues to highlight the area of improvement for you. It’s good if you look back at your own work and analyze your strengths and weaknesses and successes. This will help you in bettering yourself.
4. Time Management
‘Time is money’ – For a recruiter, it is important to realize this. Some new consultants work 12 hour days and barely hitting the KPIs. This is usually down back to the structure or poor organization of a day.
Rather than working harder, work smarter and find an efficient way of approaching tasks and as a result, you can have a lot of time to increase your business outcome.
5. Candidate Acquisition Trends
Sourcing candidates are one of the challenging tasks. So, a consultant should be able to stay on top of these trends to maximize their business and ensure there’s no latest trend get missed. Make sure he keeps him/her update with all the social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedln.
So, when hiring a recruitment consultant, look for these qualities to make your recruitment process a cake-walk.
Nowadays, not only big organization or multinational companies are taking the benefits of recruitment consultants, but also many SMEs i.e. with 50 or fewer employees are enjoying the fruits of the services provided by recruitment consultants.
The owners and managers of SMEs are often too busy in ensuring that their business operations run smoothly within their company and the proper time is being devoted to the important task of looking for and attracting the right talent to help their business grow and prosper.