How to Succeed as an Entry-Level Recruiter

by Modis on October 15, 2014

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Entry Level RecruiterFrom the moment when you make your first placement as an entry-level recruiter to that moment 5 years later when you realize that candidate is succeeding and happy in their career, you know recruiting is an incredibly rewarding job.

In your role as a career matchmaker, it really is up to you to make dreams come true across the entire candidate spectrum — you help experienced professionals take big leaps, and you help newcomers build their lifelong trajectories.

But sometimes, being a recruiter is tough. For every successful placement, there are exponentially more rejections. As much as you want to spend hours on every single resume that comes your way, you simply can’t.

Then, there are the toughest moments of all — when you’ve realized that you were completely wrong about a candidate and that the person didn’t work out at all.

Successful recruiters have experienced both ends of the spectrum — and that’s okay. It’s important to keep learning, growing, and positioning yourself for long-term success by making the most out of every interaction in your career. Here’s how:

1. Build relationships for the long-term

As a recruiter, you’re in a unique position to engage with many different types of people. As you grow in your own role, it will be important to maintain these relationships over the long term — you never know whether someone you meet now will be a strong fit for an open role that you’re trying to staff later.

According to research from LinkedIn, 85% of the workforce considers themselves approachable and open to learning about new opportunities. By building relationships early on in your career, you’ll be well-positioned to create a passive candidate pipeline of the top professionals that you’ve ever come across. This strong network will help you become the best recruiter possible.

2. Embrace social media

As an entry-level recruiter, you may not yet know many candidates — but you do have access to an infinite talent pool through social media. According to the Pew Research Center, 65% of professionals use social media for their job searches.

One important skill that you bring to the table — that you may not know that you have — is your proficiency to find and connect with potential candidates on social media. You are well versed in the art of Twitter communication, and you know how to write an InMail that evokes a happy response.

Social media is already a strong part of your personal life. Embrace it at work to forge instant, impactful, and far-reaching candidate relationships.

3. Keep your options open

If you’re reading this blog post, you’re likely considering a career in recruiting. You’re either getting ready to enter the workforce are already there in a people-facing role on a sales or marketing team, exploring new options for career paths.

You’re on the right track. Keep your heart and mind open — and see if you can shadow someone on a local recruiting team to learn more about this role and if it’s right for you. Remember, it’s hard work but extremely rewarding because at the end of the day, you’re making dreams come true.

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