The longer I am in the industry, the more convinced I am that there are naturals for our profession. I have tried training people who don't have "it" and I am never successful. On the other hand, people with "it" need very little direction and they seem to take off like an airplane, often using new creative ways of doing it.

So what are these natural qualities? I will list a few, please add your ideas too because I could never think of them all. I am just to A.D.H.D. to take the time, which is probably attribute #1.


#2 common sense

#4 organized

#3 tenacious

#5 a sense of urgency

#6 you like talking on the phone, but more importantly

#7 you listen very closely

#8 Optimistic

#9 Likes people

#10 tact


Please add your ideas

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Comment by Maha Akiki on December 9, 2009 at 9:59pm
Ha, it's too late to think of more right now, but why is #4 before #3?
Comment by Dan Nuroo on December 10, 2009 at 7:52am
Maha, thought that myself, but... Number #11 must think unconventionally whilst being detail oriented must be one
Comment by Brad Zirulnik on December 10, 2009 at 11:26am
Maybe "ethical". It sort of falls under #2 but I don't think most recruiters think about it that way.
Comment by Michael Slate on December 10, 2009 at 11:36am
How about patience, I am sure it could fall under one of the 10, but I woudn't survive without it. That and a sense of humor when dealing with people/candidates/hiring managers.
Comment by Stephanie McDonald on December 10, 2009 at 11:39am
A sense of humor. Obviously.
Comment by Julia Stone on December 10, 2009 at 12:04pm
Maha, it was a joke. 4 is organized which is out of order if you aren't. Get it? I guess i will have to work on #11 Humor.

Brad, I would love to add ethical, but I see enough unethical recruiters succeed that I just couldn't do it.
Comment by Brad Zirulnik on December 10, 2009 at 12:19pm
I guess you're right, Julia. I just hope that's not a queue for anyone . . .
Comment by Julia Stone on December 10, 2009 at 12:40pm
Brad, let's just say some people succeed despite themselves.
Comment by Brad Zirulnik on December 10, 2009 at 12:48pm
Gosh, I feel like I am getting off topic here and your post was so cool! I wonder what happens to those types of people? For me, if I as much sneeze in the wrong direction, well, you know how that story ends . . .
Comment by Julia Stone on December 10, 2009 at 1:10pm
sounds like a good post. I will add it. I seem to be in a creative funk this week, must take advantage of it.

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