And now, elated and happy, you leave the university for the labor market and want to recruit staff. You have a diploma behind your back, and it is not necessary that this diploma is in the profession of “Human Resources Management” More often than not, when entering a university, a student still does not understand what he wants to do and where to go to work, so it may be some kind of technical diploma or a diploma in “psychology”, which seems to you (and to many) a specialized education for this profession.
In this article, the author will write on the example of a girl, not because there are no men in the profession of a recruiter, but because there are still more women in our profession.
You draw up your resume, and with fire in your eyes you run to the first interview at a recruiting agency or company for the position of a writer or assistant (the first step of positions in the field of recruiting). Thinking that you are about to communicate with a huge number of nice people, because according to 100% of candidates who came to recruiting from “0”, recruiting is associated with a lot of communication. Let’s say you are sociable, open-minded, proactive, trainable, and besides, you do not immediately apply for a salary of 1,000 dollars, then believe – you will find a job in the direction of recruiting! You take your first job – Hurray!
So what awaits you? And is it true that the profession of a recruiter is a sea of communication?
The initial stage of our profession in a recruiting agency or company is always associated with a large number of calls. On a day, a reseacher or an assistant can receive more than 100 calls from applicants, each of which requires more than just “polite communication” … You must be able to conduct a telephone interview according to the laws and rules of a telephone interview, find out the information necessary for this vacancy, present (sell) your company. After all, the purpose of any telephone interview is to invite for an interview suitable people for a vacancy who are interested in finding a job. At the end of the day, your tongue will “fall off” and your head “boil” from the difficult questions of applicants. And you also need to remember to add each of them to the database, make the appropriate marks and take into account.
In parallel with the calls, your task will be to search for a resume for the required vacancy on the Internet on various resources. Every day you will “shovel” various search sources, social networks, establish acquaintances, contacts, ask for recommendations. It is, of course, important to consider all resumes when entering them into the database. If your company has a professional resume accounting base, then “+ 1000 to karma” is your management. Learn to use it and enjoy it as an additional social. package for employment. The situation is worse when you need to lay out a resume in text format by daddies. But believe me, even if the leadership does not require this from you, it is necessary to do such work. This will allow you to reduce the search for the right candidate in the future, provide you with advantages over other recruiters.
Meeting candidates, sending them for interviews to recruiters or recruiting managers will also be part of your duties as an assistant or a receptionist. Depending on the level of the company, perhaps becoming a recruiter, you will perform all of the above functions, but maybe not in such a massive volume.
And finally, the day came when you became a recruiter or recruiting manager. There is no limit to your joy, because you have achieved your goal.
You are moving on to an exciting moment – interviewing candidates and finding out whether the candidate matches the proposed vacancy. You should understand that in order to fill one office vacancy, on average, you need to conduct at least 10-15 interviews. Usually a recruiter leads up to 8 vacancies in parallel. If you are looking for line personnel (salespeople, storekeepers, cashiers), then be ready to conduct up to 30 interviews a day. In order to correctly assess the suitability of a candidate for a vacancy, i.e. whether the candidate will be able to do this work and, most importantly, how much he wants to do it, experience is needed.
My practice shows me that a recruiter becomes a professional after 1000 interviews and mandatory training. At one time, when I worked in large companies, my employees and I even celebrated the date of the 1000th interview! It is clear that this figure is approximate and averaged, but my employees shared that approaching the coveted figure, the number of errors during interviews decreased, and the selection efficiency increased.
This article does not list and disclose all the responsibilities that a recruiter performs. A recruiter is also responsible for diagnosing an order, building communication with a customer, creating advertisements, managing a selection budget, collecting recommendations, controlling an exit, adapting and much more.
It’s good if you have gone through a series of trainings, workshops on this profession. Then it will be much easier for you to achieve the desired results, you will be able to fill vacancies better and faster.
And then a clear understanding comes to you that the profession of a recruiter is not just communication with candidates. After all, the employer will demand that you close the vacancy on time, will set you performance indicators on which your salary will depend, such as: the deadline for closing the vacancy,% of employees who have passed the probationary period, etc.
Before choosing this currently fashionable profession, answer yourself honestly a few questions:
- Will you be able to efficiently and politely receive 100 calls a day?
- Can you call strangers and offer them jobs? How communicative are you?
- Will you be able to spend hours in search engines in order to find the only suitable candidate?
- Are you ready to work on an irregular schedule, because many working candidates can come to you for an interview only after 19?
- Will you be able to achieve your goals and indicators? After all, the profession of a recruiter is a profession aimed at results! And your employer will not want to know how much work you have done, it will be important for him whether the candidate came to work on time.
- Are you ready to work with numbers? Indeed, in this profession you will have to manage budgets, draw up analytical reports, etc.
- Do you love people? After all, people are all very different and you will have to face rudeness, aggression and other not very pleasant manifestations.
- And most importantly, to what extent are you ready to invest your soul in this profession? Is it really interesting and necessary for you.
These are just some of the questions to ask yourself before making such a vital decision.
There are many recruiters, but there are much fewer professionals in their field. The profession of a recruiter is, first of all, hard work for the result. But, despite all the difficulties, for me and my team this work is the most favorite!
Author: Kazarova Olga
graduate, Profession, career guidance, recruiter, labor market