At Stanford University, we developed a concept called OccupationDNA. I am sure that several others may have already experimented with this concept, so we decided to take it to new level.

Just as any living thing has a DNA, similarly every occupation has a DNA too - its what the occupation requires for it to be fulfilled. We collaborated with data provided by US Dept. of Labor and developed the OccupationDNA (made up of a collection of 275 traits that we identified) for over 4500 occupation.

For all you recruiters out there, here are the main traits that we think should be present in a good recruiter:

Active Listening Traits
Negotiation Traits
Patience Traits
Judgment & Decision making Traits
Administration and Management Traits
Social Perceptiveness Traits
Education and Training Traits
Communications and Media Traits
Customer Service Traits

Take a moment and assess yourself and see if you are missing any of these traits. If you are, then you will know what areas to focus on to improve yourself.

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Comment by Charles Van Heerden on October 16, 2009 at 6:04pm
Saleem, I would include assessment skills as a core skill. Really like your approach.

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