5 Habits of Highly Successful Recruiters

Posted by Jessica Lunk on January 11, 2012 at 10:09am

What makes a good recruiter great?


While everyone has a different opinion on what success really is (wealth?  notoriety?  the elusive work/life balance?), there are a few themes on what makes a recruiter a big success that keep popping up again and again.

Here’s a quick look at what the successful recruiters do…


  1.  They track metrics.

At the end of the day, all that really counts is the number of job orders you fill.  But it’s so interesting to look at all of the steps in between.  What factors correlate with increased placements?  Is it the number of cold calls you make per day? Is it sharing jobs with social networks?  Successful recruiters know what numbers they need to hit on the way to their targeted number of placements.


  1.  They adopt new technology quickly.

Part of closing a new client or gaining the trust of a hot candidate is always being available.  And we are constantly evolving in how we are available to each other.

Right now, tech-savvy recruiters are adapting to mobile recruiting in two ways:

  1.  Being accessible in mobile web browsers.People want to do everything from their smartphone.  They want to shop, reserve a table for dinner tonight, and they want to search for jobs.  So having a website that is accessible via a mobile device is a no-brainer.
  2.  Being accessible on the go.As a recruiter or account executive, you aren’t always tied to your desk.  You’re out networking with people, facilitating interviews, and giving presentations.  Having access to your ATS from your smartphone or tablet is a major part of being productive while you’re away from your desk.


  1.  They pick up the phone (see item #1)

If you’ve been tracking metrics, then you know that a certain amount of output yields a certain amount of input.  Whether it’s cold calls or touching base with old clients and new connections, dialing out helps bring them in.  Whether they use VOIP technology to slice through lengthy call lists faster, or dial the old-school way, successful recruiters are putting their time in on the phone.


  1.  They get there first.

Especially in high-volume contract staffing, the early bird gets the worm.  Presenting a hot candidate means nothing if someone else has gotten there first.  If speed isn’t your game, you may want to work on marketing your exclusivity agreement.


  1.  They move forward with purpose.

Whether you work a blended desk, or run a large firm, growth is always a goal, and making more money is always a goal.  But it’s easy to burn out on the way to either of these goals without a core purpose.


Call it a value proposition, call it a mission statement, but your purpose defines why you come into work every day.  It helps you to move past setbacks and disappointments, and helps to make your brand more enticing.  And successful recruiters have a great purpose – to help companies grow by find them great talent.


What do you think?  Do you find these habits present in all successful recruiters, or are they just myths?