4 Attributes That Recruiters Should Try And Develop In 2010

I’ve been reading some excellent forecasts for trends and developments in 2010 that certainly excite and encourage me to think that this could be a very interesting and challenging year. I’m too much of a social media and technology amateur though to try my own predictions!

I do know, however, that recruiters will need a whole different set of skills, goals and targets if they are to succeed and profit from all the predicted advancements and developments.

Building and maintaining communities will be the key as they will provide the framework for our success, and to achieve this you will need…


This year will be all about relationships, how we grow and develop them, how we manage them, monetize them, use them to deliver the best results for the clients, candidates, contacts and collaborators who make up our community.

I don’t think that this year’s top performing recruiters will be the classic ‘salesmen’ who pound the phones in search of leads and disgruntled candidates willing to jump ship, but the ones capable of growing two way collaborative relationships.

It won’t be all about the deal, but increasingly about how you engage, support, share information and add value at all stages of the recruitment process. You will need credibility with and access to the best talent and the hiring manager offering the best employee propositions.

To do this, though, it helps if you’ve got a positive…


There are way too many information channels out there in cyberspace to enable the ‘cowboy’ recruiter to hide. If there is one change I can see to the way that social media is used in business, it will be the peeling away of the sheen of peace and love and an increasing tendency to tell it like it is.

Candidates and clients will expect a service and level of care that meets demanding expectations.

From LinkedIn groups and recommendations to Twitter threads and lists, I can see a lot of information around performance and delivery being shared…and please recruiters, let’s all do away with these mutual back scratching love fest LinkedIn recommendations, and let’s try to have a proper, quantifiable referral based on project/outcome delivery.

And if you want to be on the lists or in the groups of recruiters that clients and candidates recommend then it will help if you’ve got…


It really is time more recruiters started to ‘put yourself in their shoes’ and try and understand a) what it’s like to be a jobseeker in the worst recession for over 70 years where new permanent openings are scarce and people are being encouraged to be proactive (yep, that means keeping on our cases recruiters) and re-invent, and b) what it’s like to be a hiring manager in a company that’s struggling to keep afloat, asking a lot of their staff (from productivity to wage/benefits restraint)on a tight budget who needs our support and market knowledge in the recruitment process and not just a bunch of CVs and some sales patter. Believe me, this is not a square peg/round hole market!

The recruiters with the strongest communities and networks will be those who respect those communities and networks, who treat them honestly and to successfully do that you need a healthy dose of…


Tell it like it is not how you would like it to be. Beware false prophets (they’ll be more about them in a future blogpost!)…talk to, and listen to, the people who are currently active in your market, not business commentators and managers desperate to promote an air of optimism.

Improve your knowledge of the markets that you operate in, take time to find out about your candidates, clients and collaborators – what challenges they face, what they are doing to overcome them, what their motivators are and what they don’t like – and share this information.

If you do, you’ll be able to develop great…


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Comment by Origin Forward Solutions on January 13, 2010 at 7:26pm
Great Post, I echo everything you've said here
Comment by Maria on January 14, 2010 at 4:35pm
Hello Mervyn,
I agree with your 4R's recommendation .To hunt for talent ,recruiters would as you have said ,need a whole new set of skills and goals.In the dynamically changing work enviorment ,to compete and sustain ,is next to impossible without the assistance of Social Media tools.
Comment by Travis Furlow on January 15, 2010 at 2:48pm
I work for a recruiting organization headquarterd in Detroit, Michigan. Your 4R's are accurate and I believe too many people can forget how critical relationships & respect are to doing business. I would like to put a link from your blog to mine, if you are ok with it? - travis furlow
Comment by Mervyn Dinnen on January 18, 2010 at 4:28am
Thanks for the positive comments, I think that it strikes a chord with a lot of recruiters, though I'm not sure how many are ready to fully utilise Social Media as part of their toolkit.

Travis, I'm more than happy for you to link, hope to catch up soon!
Comment by Michael Arueste on January 21, 2010 at 12:21am
Well said!! Excellent!! I have been in the staffing business for well over 20+ years, sales, recruiting, management and have operated by the principles that you describe. Have been establishing an online presence using your 4R's for the past year. Slow and steady....however, have developed some excellent contacts and am starting to develop relationships. Treat people the way you want to be treated....with respect and dignity...and always tell it the way it is...be truthful...and your 4R's will not only help you in developing business, it will help you develop yourself into a better person.

Thanks for sharing. Much appreciated.
Comment by Saleem Qureshi on February 15, 2010 at 12:19am
A great post!!From my perspective...recruiters should adopt technological advancement in 2010, as the trends are changing...as Mervyn have mentioned that the competition is heating up, recruiters have to change their skills, and must not hesitate in using new technology to assess the talent...


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