If a person wants to work as a Recruiter, in my opinion, the first thing they should do is get some training related to the recruiting process. New Recruiters need to understand the process from start to finish before they can be effective. I've seen many corporations push people into positions with the title of 'Recruiter', without any training. Noone is served well when this happens.
If you're interested in becoming a Recruiter here are 10 reasons to "learn it all".
1. Once one knows how to handle each facet of the process they can focus on enhancing their strengths or improving their weaknesses. Recruiters who know how to recruit effectively can easily find the best niche in the industry for their personality.
2. Knowing what needs to be done during each step of the process gives a Recruiter confidence and the tools they need to evaluate their own performance. They can look back over each placement process and see specifically where they could have said something different to expedite the process or eliminate a roadblock. Their skills allow them to approach passive candidates most effectively.
3. Recruiters with FCR (full cycle recruiting) skills offer the best value to employers, candidates, and themselves. Knowledge is power when it comes to recruiting.
4. FCR is the pathway to make the most money in this industry.
5. When a recruiter is proficient in all the steps of FCR, they can work with other Recruiters to double, maybe triple the number of placements, they could make on their own. Working with a strong team of Recruiters can be both rewarding and lots of fun.
6. Full cycle Recruiters have the skills that are most in demand. The average company in the United States has about 24% turnover a year! That kind of turnover costs companies unnecessary billions each year. Employee retention begins with good hiring practices. If an employee senses they mean nothing to an employer (and many HR departments are famous for making new hires feel like faceless numbers) then new hires feel no obligation to those employers in return
7. When a Recruiter knows FCR they have the most control over their earnings, lifestyle, working conditions, and job satisfaction.
8. FCR is emotionaly, intellectually, and financially rewarding, in my opinion.
9. The skills a Recruiter acquires when they learn FCR are transferable to other areas of work and life. Knowing how to ask questions and listen effectively can help keep a person with teenagers sane. These skills can improve relationships with spouses, neighbors, relatives, and co-workers. These principles apply when one is negotiating to buy a company, car, home, etc.
10. Recruiters who master their craft have less stress and fewer frustrations related to 'lost' deals. They are more effective and successful than those who don't know FCR.
Less than 20% of Recruiters have been trained in full cycle recruiting. That leaves those with full cycle recruiting skills with a tremendous opportunity and vast potential to excel in those industries that attract them most. Don't try and 'wing it' with your career. Make regular investments in your personal recruiter education and it will pay you back countless times over.