Since the pandemic began, the demand for recruiters has been on the rise, and as an industry that is constantly changing, you need to be able to keep up with the necessary skills to succeed in a career as a recruiter.  There are some skills every recruiter must learn. 

Writing Great Job Adverts

The first step in developing the skills to succeed as a recruiter is knowing how to write a job advert, and taking the general job specifications from the client is only part of building a great job advert. Begin with the essential information, then grab the prospective client’s attention with a snappy headline. 

Once you have their attention, it’s important to keep it. Give a brief description of the role, employee benefits and company but don’t just list the specifications; make it enjoyable to read while maintaining the appropriate tone for the client. End your advert with a call to action by instructing the reader to apply now or send their CV to a specified email address. Recruitment companies like Hiring People are experts and have a guide on writing a job advert to help their clients understand the process.

Good Listening Skills

It’s essential when working with hiring managers to listen to what you need from a candidate. Often hiring managers are not looking for a candidate with the most years of experience but someone with the right skills and personality to flourish in their company.

By listening to what your client wants and needs, you’ll improve hire quality by tailoring your search to find the most relevant candidates. As a bonus, listening intently to your client will make your job easier by knowing exactly what type of candidate you’re seeking.

Creative Flair

You’ll need to be creative if you want to score the best candidate for your clients. You need to consider if you’re offering the same techniques as every other agency and firm or whether you can think outside the box and develop creative and fresh ideas to get your clients jobs seen by the perfect candidates.

Understanding of Marketing

Recruiters wear many hats to succeed in their industry, and one of those hats is marketing. Promoting jobs for larger companies offering competitive salaries that are well known as great places to work is easy; you have to understand how to market when your clients are smaller and less universally known. Advertising and marketing the client and the role they’re looking to fill the right way is vital; with fierce competition for top candidates, you need to have the skills to make the job stand out. With the right marketing skills, you’ll attract the best talent every time, and becoming a successful recruiter will be that much simpler.

The Ability To Manage Expectations

On occasion, clients demands can be unrealistic; what separates the good recruiters from the great is the ability to manage these expectations and produce strong results. Don’t panic if a hiring manager pushes back, and never promise something you won’t be able to fulfil. Set realistic expectations from the start to ensure you aren’t taking on more than you can handle, and it will help keep your clients happy.

As an experienced business and finance writer I understand the corporate landscape and the driving forces behind it. Over the years I’ve shared my insight and knowledge with key industry publications and dedicated my time to showing how business leaders can make their organisations more effective.