Ever since I was a little girl, I have felt different, like I didn't fit in. I had a big mouth, beyond loud, just big. I was very skinny with knobby knees and pointy elbows. I wanted to be popular, I hoped the "popular fairy" would visit my house every night and bless me with instant friends and admiration. It wasn't easy being me. I thought big thoughts and wanted so much more. I guess most kids feel that way.
I loved thinking that there had to be more for me. So think I did. I reveled in books, sports, and entertainment. I could be anything I wanted in my own imagination. I guess I should have checked out the big book of jobs at the library because not only had I never thought of being a recruiter; I had never even heard of it, other than the obvious Uncle Sam finger pointing at you.
If, as a nine-year old, I had known about recruiting as a career, I probably would have dreamed about the possibilities of it all. The chance to talk to people I had never met before every day, the opportunity to [sap warning] change lives, the prospect of lunch with big whigs, the ultimate ROI -> a piece of letterhead that says INVOICE across the top, and, of course, the glory of a client's check arriving in the mail..., how sweet it is.
The perfect candidate for a job in recruiting? Must be low maintenance (everyone else comes first), can flip the switch easily (able to jump from one search to another quickly, without skipping a beat), grasp concepts rather quickly (freaking evolution of technology), fearless (can talk to anyone about anything), tenacious ( I get knocked down, but I get up again), accepting of defeat (your candidate isn't getting invited to the show), risky (willingly spending last dollar for a cup of joe with a candidate), and like people. There, I said it... you need to like people.
I have heard it said that you don't have to like people to do this job. I respectfully disagree. You have to be engaging and at least, feign concern. And if that is the case, if you are feigning, then you aren't recruiting, you are acting. You have to be different. You have to act differently. You have to think differently. You need to be a freak magnet. That means everyone, candidate and client, have to enjoy you - the person, in order to get them to open the kimono all the way. To hear the stories and know. Know that you can fix their problem.
Find a job, fill a job. Those are problems for Super Grover.., er, I mean "Superecruiter."