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
Corporate Intelligence Services (CIS)

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Comment by SmartRecruiters on January 20, 2009 at 1:54pm
Congratulations, Diana and thanks everyone for your participation!
Comment by Diana Luger on January 20, 2009 at 3:23pm
I'd like to extend my thanks to the folks at RecruitingBlogs and SmartRecruiters. And everyone here has been so wonderful and supportive. I wish I could invite you all over for the scrumptious dinner! I know how hard you all work and you deserve it.
Comment by Nicolle on January 20, 2009 at 11:40pm
Hello Diana,

congratualtions for being the winner. Now more than ever we all can aim to be the best recruiter we can be. Here in Australia it's a tough time to be a recruiter, internal, external or otherwise. The down turn in our economy is not a time to become complacent or lack motivation. As you mention it's an opportunity to look at your skills, fine tune them and come up with innovative ways of attracting the best person to fit the role. Whilst 2009 may throw a few forks in the road, it's a year I am going to relish as the twists and turns will prove to be exciting and challenging and the more fliud I am will produce even better results than last year.

Here's to you Diana and all recruiters.

Nicolle Muscat
Regional Resourcing Specialist
PB - Perth, Western Australia
Comment by Susan Hand on January 21, 2009 at 10:37am


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