Being a smart Recruiter means bringing your special skills and attributes to the table and using them to their full advantage.

Some people in recruiting excel in sales. They enjoy calling candidates and convincing them to take a look at an opportunity. Other Recruiters are great at networking. Still others enjoy the thrill of the hunt and tracking down names on-line.

What makes anyone a smart Recruiter is using what they are best at and tailoring their recruiting techniques accordingly.

Being a smart Recruiter means learning about the industry you are recruiting in. For Generalists, this can be difficult. Just knowing a few catch phrases helps. Sometimes you will need your candidate to translate industry jargon, but I try to keep my mouth shut and look things up after the interview.

Being aware of how quickly things are changing in the recruiting field is crucial. Each day things change more and more quickly. Your old techniques become obsolete seemingly overnight. You need to know what to replace them with.

Networking and learning from other Recruiters helps me grow as a Recruiter. Be the one to reach out and offer something of value to someone else.

And, lastly, don't be afraid to help your candidates. We've all had candidates who talked too fast or too much, or peppered their conversations with too many ahs. You can coach them to improve how they present themselves. Just make sure you do it in a positive way. If you know the Hiring Manager is succinct, and your candidate rambles, let them know what to expect.

Diana Luger
President
Corporate Intelligence Services (CIS)

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Comment by Lisa DeAngelo on January 19, 2009 at 3:34pm
Congratulations Diana! I enjoyed your post; hope you have a wonderful dinner
Comment by Zigamala on January 19, 2009 at 3:37pm
What are we having and what can I bring?

Congrats ... and well done.

You articulate some great reasons for why you (and I) are 'smart recruiter(s)'.
Comment by Becky Metcalf on January 19, 2009 at 3:38pm
Congrats Diana!
Comment by Regina Farr on January 19, 2009 at 3:39pm
Congrats Dianne... great comments
Comment by Diane Skullr on January 19, 2009 at 3:40pm
Congratulations!!! Enjoy your prize.
Comment by Maureen Sharib on January 19, 2009 at 3:57pm
Congratulations!
Comment by Rob Clarke on January 19, 2009 at 3:59pm
Congratulations!
Comment by Robert Bialk on January 19, 2009 at 4:01pm
First Obama now Diana... Wow Chicago is a big winner recently. Now if only the Cubs can keep it going!

Congrats Diana.
Comment by Mark McKee on January 19, 2009 at 4:01pm
Congrats Diana! I like my steaks medium well ...
Comment by Ken Olney on January 19, 2009 at 4:01pm
CONGRATULATIONS !!!!

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