Being an agency Recruiter makes you more prepared to handle any kind of requirement that might come your way! With an array of mandates from various sectors across Mid & Senior roles, iQuest prepares you like no other in the business – come learn from us and help us push the limits!
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Learning More about Businesses
One of the parts about being a headhunter is learning about all the different types of businesses. It opens one’s eyes to the fantastic array of business and cultures many of whom you have no clue about until you work on it. The learning in what the companies people want to work at are and which companies people don’t for many different reasons are phenomenal.
Learning the Value of Relationships
When you can help a company find a developer or a tax manager one of the best by-products is the relationship that develops from that. The cool thing is once you take care of a client’s needs, they remember you and will typically call you first when the next need arises. This is how relationships are built and they stay for the rest of one’s life.
Learning How to Think Outside the Box
It’s been my experience that corporate recruiters who have grown up inside of the company tend to be somewhat process oriented. There is a system and a method that needs to be followed. If it doesn’t fit in the box or follow the process, there’s a pressing problem. When you are a headhunter, you figure out how to get a deal done. So you tend to get pretty creative with problem-solving so that both sides have a solution that works. Working with different companies who have unconventional processes allows you to learn about a variety of systems and thereby expands your knowledge. This knowledge helps you figure out solutions to a variety of roadblocks that can spring up.
Learning To Pick Up the Phone
As we are always reminded (and for a good reason) the phone is a great sourcing tool. When you are an agency recruiter, the phone is practically glued to your hand. You’re either calling on businesses to try to set up a meeting to sell them your services or your calling on potential candidates. In many agencies, there is a requirement on the number of dials you make in a day and over the course of a week. It teaches you not to be afraid of making cold calls. In the corporate world, it’s all too easy to rely on email and the ATS system to get in touch with folks. Learning not to be afraid of the phone is essential in both worlds.
Learning How to Treat Candidates
When you are an agency recruiter, you learn how painfully long the recruiting and interview process can be with companies. Between the onsite interviews and the testing and the communication, it can be a super slow process. All during this time the best agency recruiters stay in touch with their candidates and keep them informed of what’s going on. There are many agency recruiters who treat their candidates like a number and don’t stay in touch, the good ones do. Again, they realize the value of the relationship. And when you move to the corporate side you remember how much a candidate enjoys hearing updates, even the not so good ones. Communication is a powerful tool.
Take It with You
For some people, it’s a natural progression to move from a headhunter or agency type recruiting role to a corporate recruiting position. Being an agency recruiter teaches to hustle and learn new businesses, think outside the box, pick up the phone a lot, and the how valuable relationships are and how important it is to treat candidates as you want to be treated.