The Top 5 Skills Every Recruiter Should Possess

Recruiters play a vital role within organizations: sourcing and cultivating the key talents needed to make a business thrive. Yet recruiting is a multidisciplinary career path. There are a range of skillsets that serve recruiters well, from the ability to navigate the latest applicant tracking systems to great people skills. Here’s a closer look at the specific skills that today’s recruiters need to thrive as they help build successful companies.

Strong technical skills

Increasingly, recruiting demands advanced technical skills. Job hunters are relying more and more on internet-based job listings to find opportunities. Recruiters promote positions through a wide variety of methods, including web job boards, social media, professional groups, and targeted online headhunting. As a recruiter, it’s important to be comfortable with the technology behind applicant tracking systems, which manage the recruiting process. Not only is this function essential to the recruiter’s job, but understanding how to make the most out of an online recruiting solution can help better candidates and reduce administrative load.

Understanding business operations and internal relationships

Successful recruiters understand the specifics of the business that they’re recruiting for. Positions are more than just a list of skills and required education and experience. Each role plays an important part in moving a business forward. The ability to understand each business’ needs will help in every stage of the recruitment process, including consulting with hiring managers, developing job descriptions, and interviewing candidates. Recruiters must take the time to understand as much as possible about the industry that they’re in, and the company’s unique value proposition. By using this approach, recruiters are also better positioned to promote their companies to interested candidates.

People and relationship building skills

Recruiting is a very person driven field. Developing the ability to connect with and be trusted by a wide range of individuals serves recruiters well in a number of capacities. It helps HR professionals connect more effectively with hiring managers to clarify their needs. Recruiters with friendly, professional, and approachable demeanors make a positive impression on candidates and build the kind of relationships that lead over time to attract top talent.

Process-oriented approach

Recruiting great candidates is a science. The best recruiters understand this and take a process-oriented approach to how job ads are developed, how they’re marketed, how candidates are vetted, and structuring the interview process. Taking a process-oriented approach keeps all recruitment activities focused, objective and scalable across the organization. It also offers a consistent experience for candidates and internal stakeholders, which is important for both external brand building and employee morale.

Strong professional judgment

Recruiters make decisions every day that affect the future of a business, from which candidates to interview to making recommendations on who to hire. They also handle a wide variety of highly sensitive information, from candidates’ personal information to internal salary information. Strong professional judgment is essential, to ensure that recruiters act with discretion and make the kinds of decisions that lead to strong hires.

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