What is a Recruiter, anyway?
Bet you have never considered a career in recruitment. I mean, who are these Recruiters anyway? What do they EXACTLY do for a living?
There is no degree in recruitment so how do you become one? And more importantly, how do you become an exceptional Recruiter?
If you have ever searched for a job, it’s likely you have dealt with one.
And let’s be honest – you might not have had a wonderful experience. Often described as liars, con-artists, wheeler-dealers and sometimes worse, they don’t seem to be a trustworthy bunch. They don’t even bother replying to hundreds of emails they receive every day!
A career in Recruitment can be rewarding!
Yet, for all the bad talk out there, it might surprise you to learn that recruitment in Australia is thriving. And even with all the digital disruption (LinkedIn, Facebook, chatbots, Applicant Tracking System to name a few), Recruiters are doing better than ever.
If you have been following the news, you might have heard that Recruitment Consultants are one of the hardest positions to fill and are still on the Skilled Occupation List which allows Australian businesses to bring them from abroad.
The truth is, a career in Recruitment can be very rewarding and exciting. No two days are the same and there are heaps of interactions with clients, candidates, and colleagues. And the best part is when you help a candidate land his dream job and he is eternally thankful to you.
Having said that, there are some prerequisites you need to possess to become a successful Recruiter and really enjoy your job.
Today, we are going to look at personal traits that can help you work our if a career in Recruitment is for YOU!
Are you confident and fairly assertive?
Do you thrive on human contact? Are you an extrovert who is not scared of starting a conversation with a stranger? Do you keep your head high and face your fears head-on? Confident people inspire confidence in others. Recruiters must be self-confident and fairly assertive as this is crucial for networking and interacting with both clients and candidates.
Are you a great communicator and a great listener?
Do you like talking to people? Are you good at communicating face to face as well as on the phone or via email? Can you express yourself clearly? Do you know how to convey information in a simple way so others understand what they need to do? Are you good at reading the behaviour of other people? Can you reach an agreement and resolve conflicts?
Communication is about more than just talking.
Recruiters need to listen first and talk second. Good listening skills allow gaining an understanding of the needs, demands, and preferences of clients and candidates.
Are you likable and approachable?
Are you one of those people who have hundreds of friends and who get invited to everything by everyone? Do people like being around you because they feel they can be themselves and you make them feel comfortable?
Recruiters need to build positive and trusting relationships with both clients and candidates and that’s where the likability factor comes into play.
Are you resilient and persistent?
Can you bounce back from disappointment or failure? It can be truly disappointing when you work very hard to bring a client and candidate together, and then something unexpected happens and all your efforts are wasted.
Recruiters need to get used to the unexpected: candidates pulling out of interviews and taking a counteroffer, clients cancelling jobs, references coming back flat.
Top Recruiters keep their cool and move on!
Are you driven?
Do you push yourself out of your comfort zone and feel like you are unstoppable? Do you love the race as much as winning? Do you know what you want from life and set things into motion to reach your goals? Recruitment is very competitive and if you like incentives, this career could be a perfect choice for you. Your earning potential depends on your performance. Superstar Recruiters love winning and don’t give up easily.
A career as a recruiter is fast-paced, challenging and not for the faint-hearted. But if you have what it takes, it can be extremely rewarding (both personally and financially).
Why join ConsultANZ
If you are interested in giving recruitment a go, we are always on the lookout for people who are driven, hard-working and team-players, whether they have a university degree or not.
What matters to us at ConsultANZ is what YOU are capable of!
What you get when you join us:
Reward & Recognition
Your hard work will be recognized and rewarded financially with our competitive base salary and uncapped commission.
We will provide you with opportunities to advance your career and look after your professional development by offering extensive training and inviting you to attend work-related workshops and seminars.
You will be working in a trendy, modern office a business park in Queensland, a 10-minute drive from the CBD.
While we do not pamper our employees with free lunches and massages, our office kitchen is very well stocked with fresh fruit, a selection of tea and coffee and breakfast items for those who dodge the traffic and head into work early. You will no doubt enjoy your paid day off on your birthday and our annual Christmas party.
If you are interested in working as a Recruiter, please email your CV to email@example.com with a headline “Recruitment Job.”
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