A day in the life of a recruiter - Article by Katie Barks

A day in the life of a recruiter

Well, I never thought as a child growing up that I would be a Recruitment Consultant but like most people, I really did fall into it. The recruitment world can be hard and tough but it also has its massive benefits. So here I am to give you a little insight into my typical day as a HR Recruitment Consultant.

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Task one: Very busy workload

Trying to get through the million and one call backs and endless amounts of emails, which never seem to get smaller! I think people underestimate just how busy recruiters are, sometimes people think we just sit around and send CV's. But that is not the case. We have endless amounts of calls from top talent who are wanting either updates, to register their details with us or just a general chit chat. We are always happy to take the calls but a lot of the time we are either on the phone, in meetings or out of the office meeting with candidates and clients. Time management is KEY to being a successful consultant, it is all about setting expectations with your candidates and clients and setting out realistic time scales from the get go. Doing this will enable you to fully utilise the amount of time you have in your day.

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Task two: Business Developing

Every sales person will understand how frustrating and demotivating business development can be, but it needs to be done if you want to support your candidates and and make £££. I used to find business development a really difficult task, until I realised the people you are trying to speak to are just like you and me; HUMAN.

If you are finding something too hard and difficult, stop, rethink and take a different approach and this can be applied to business development. When making your calls try a different approach, think about what the person on the other end of the phone wants to hear about not just what you want to sell them. Build a relationship and be confident about the product you are 'selling', in my case exceptional HR Professionals, is one they want and one worth them having. The best thing about business development is when all the hard work pays off and you have a client who you have built a relationship with and they will return to you time and time again for your help and advice.

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Task three: Sourcing and placing candidates

Sourcing the top talent and placing them in their dream job is by far the best part of being a recruiter. Once you have the full break down of what your client is looking for and their main competencies, your established network both on internal network and social media is the best way to source the perfect candidate and never underestimate the power of referrals!

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All in all, recruitment does truly have its ups and downs but if you are organised and manage your time efficiency, you will have a lot more ups than downs.

So, If you think you have what it takes to be a recruitment consultant then get in touch!

Katie Barks - Recruitment Consultant - South

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