How to Work with a Corporate Recruiter

September 19, 2008

Sometimes, in business, the most effective way to attract the right staff is to have someone else – a corporate recruiter – focus on finding those individuals for you.

A corporate recruiter often works with businesses and corporations that are looking for employees with specific characteristics that want to be sure they are able to take a closer look only at candidates who would be a great match for the position.

When you are thinking about working with a corporate recruiter for your business, the first thing that you are going to want to do is to talk with the agency. You are going to want to know whether the corporate recruiter specializes in finding sales professionals, computer technicians, scientists or those in other fields; if your business is sales, you are going to want to be sure that you’re working with a corporate recruiter who will be able to tap into a field of qualified candidates.

Similarly, when you are looking at working with a corporate recruiter, you are going to want to have a sense of what the recruiter looks for in a candidate. By choosing a corporate recruiter who is focused on finding ambitious, passionate, energetic and enthusiastic candidates, you will find that it’s a lot easier to get matched with someone who has the skills, knowledge and drive to fit in at your company.

While knowledge, skills and passion are important, so are the values that you have at your company – and finding those candidates who will mesh well with your staff, the corporate environment that you’ve created and whose ambitions will allow you to feel confident that they will work with you and with the staff at your company to reach those business goals.

You will find also that, at least in some cases, corporate recruiters don’t just look at and screen resumes when they are looking at candidates; it is possible to work with a corporate recruiter who will conduct initial interviews, who can gauge a candidate’s level of interest after providing information about your business. When you are choosing a corporate recruiter, therefore, you are going to want to determine which services are offered, what services you need and that you will be working with a corporate recruiter with whom you can build a long term relationship.

Whether you make the decision to work with different corporate recruiters for staffing different parts of your business (when you start working with a corporate recruiter, you will want to be sure that the contract enables you to work with other recruiters as well) or you look to making a corporate recruiter a part of your human resources department, it’s important to be aware of the process. Some companies also find that it’s beneficial to have “trial runs” while determining whether or not a particular corporate recruiter is a good match.

Ultimately, the key to a successful relationship with a corporate recruiter is simple: focus on finding someone with whom you can make a connection that will be mutually beneficial – and help you to grow your business.

Copyright 2008, Cecile Peterkin. All rights reserved.

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