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The Top 7 Skills Needed to be a Recruiter


Recruiting is a competitive business. You need to make sure you’re constantly honing your skills to stay ahead of the competition. You need to be a motivated salesperson with great communication and relationship-building skills. Here are some other skills the best recruiters have.

Communication skills

Communication involves both straightforward messages and more tactful, softer messages, either in person, over the phone or over email. The best recruiters are also great listeners, able to hear what a company’s needs are and what a client is really looking for. Great recruiters are capable of accurate and insightful interviewing. They can interpret body language to understand how candidates feel and what they think without them telling you.

Marketing and sales skills

Recruiting is all about selling. You have to sell a position to a candidate, convince them to apply for it and accept an interview. You then have to convince the hiring manager to accept your candidates and eventually convince your candidate to accept a job offer.

Motivated and persistent

The recruiting industry is highly competitive, so it’s important to follow up with all candidates and opportunities. You have to be ambitious and eager to hit your goals each month.

Relationship-building skills

A great recruiter loves to meet a variety of people and can connect individuals with opportunities. Cultivate relationships by establishing trust—you must be professional, reliable, knowledgeable, personable and approachable. It helps if you’re an industry expert and can understand the real-life aspects of the positions you’re recruiting for. Sometimes you’ll have to identify and recruit passive candidates, so it’s important to nurture relationships with those individuals as well.

At CulverCareers, our recruiters nurture relationships with over 400,000 active candidates. We also have a rich network of passive candidates, so you can be sure you’re getting the best of the best.

If you want to spend less time looking at resumes and more time growing your business, our expert recruiters can help.

Multitasking skills

 You have to be able to handle multiple responsibilities at the same time and figure out which is your top priority. Remember the details of various jobs, companies, and candidates so you can effectively shift from one project to the next at any given moment.

Time-management skills

Being able to manage your time makes you more productive and more reliable, making you more trustworthy. Focus and keep your priorities straight—don’t waste time presenting weak candidates. Be on time to meetings and deliver your promises in a timely fashion. And you have to be fast so you can place a candidate before a company finds another or your candidate finds a job with a different company.

IT and social media skills

Social media is crucial to networking! It’s a great way to find the best active candidates, so make it part of your search strategy. There are always new IT technologies available to give you an advantage over the competition. Algorithms can provide metrics and analytics so you can use this data to make predictions. Stay apprised of the most up-to-date techniques and trends so you can use the technology most effectively.

Our professional recruiters possess all these skills and more. Find out what makes our team, especially our sales recruiters, so exceptional today.

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Ty Culver is the Client Development Director of CulverCareers focusing on talent acquisition and workforce solutions with a wide variety of local, national and global clients.

Ty has been working in various aspects of the industry for over 10 years and developed deep expertise in Executive Search, Executive Benefit and Talent Acquisition Programs along the way. He has a range of experience from SMB to Enterprise clients and hyper specific executive searches to high volume recruiting with companies in a dynamic state of flux.

Today, Ty leads a talented team of Talent Acquisition Specialists, Executive Recruiters and Client Success Managers at one of the most respected Recruiting Firms in the Nation, CulverCareers. While leadership is a key aspect of his role, Ty still enjoys working with clients on recruiting strategies, executive benefit solutions and workforce solutions to help clients build a holistic approach to talent acquisition and talent retention.

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