In a nutshell, a recruiter is a person in charge of filling job openings in IT Organizations. This involves tasks such as putting together job postings, sourcing candidates, reviewing their qualifications, negotiating the salary and everything else involved in hiring new employees. Their duty is to find the best person for a given position in a Software Organization.
If you’re a people-person with great communication skills and a passion for finding great jobs for quality applicants, you have plenty of boxes checked for the position of a recruiter. Even if you don’t have formal HR education you can start changing the lives of job applicants and companies today.
Skills you need to be a great recruiter
There's a common set of recruitment skills that every good recruiter needs to have in order to do their job well. Here they are:
1. Attention to detail:
Attention to detail is not important for every position out there, but it’s vital for recruiters. As they can work with a relatively small talent pool, it’s extremely important to remember every detail. This means who they’ve talked to, their position, their willingness to apply for a new job etc.
2. Marketing skills:
Finding top talent in today’s market is extremely hard. The number of open positions is much higher than the number of applicants (especially for IT and other hot industries) and candidates won’t rush to any company out there. Social media recruiting is no longer a new trend.
3. Communication skills:
No matter the position they’re trying to fill, the recruiter is the key link between a Software Company and a Software Employee. Depending on the impression they make, they can either attract or discourage the Software Candidate from applying. As such, recruiters need to have excellent communication skills and be able to entice candidates to apply. These skills are highly important for all positions, but they’re critical for industries such as engineering, which tends to have more introverted applicants.
4. Multi-tasking skills:
Hiring is a lengthy process, and there’s quite a lot between posting a job ad and filling an open position. IT Recruiters need to put together job ads, screen applicants, run background checks, conduct interviews, consult with their Software Employer, make job offers and much more. A great Software Recruiter has a knack for doing multiple things at once and excelling in each of them.
5. Time management skills:
With multi-tasking comes time management, as there’s only a certain amount of hours in a day and sometimes, companies need a position filled very quickly. Time becomes even more relevant if the IT Recruiter is working with IT companies that have flexible working hours and employees across different time zones.
A successful recruiter needs to have a great amount of patience, as they deal with both candidates and companies. A simple task such as setting up a job interview can require quite a lot of patience from the recruiter’s end, as they often won’t be able to find a term that suits everyone.
7. Listening skills:
Besides listening to the Software Companies they’re hiring for, recruiters need to listen to applicants with great attention. Applicants, in particular, are very important because their feedback is crucial to placing them in a position that suits both them and the IT Employer.
important for generalist Software Recruiters, confidence is a must-have recruitment skill. When they’re hiring for a role they have very little experience with, recruiters need to be confident in their skills to find the best person for the job.
9. Behavioral Skills:
Successful IT Recruiters need to have a body language that presents them as inviting and open to candidates. At the same time, they need to have the ability to read body language to find out if the candidate is comfortable, if they’re telling the truth, etc.
10. Teamwork skills:
Whether working externally or internally, recruiters need to function within a team to find the Best Software Employees for an organization.
A few small falls are inevitable, so it’s better to be kind to yourself and your teams about them. More than anything, try to be patient and accommodating. Many recruiters are dealing with new circumstances and anxieties. Showing them that you understand and care, will speak volumes about how things work at the Software Company and will help you provide a great Software Recruiting experience.
(Author: Abirami Vellayappan is a curious cat and a social media writer at TechDoQuest, which is an IT Recruitment Company.)