I left a career in Human Resources to pursue a career in Recruiting. I did this for a couple reasons. One of the reasons was that I actually enjoy recruiting. I wanted to do something for a living that I really enjoy.
It’s nice to really love what you do. Here are some of the reasons I love it:
Opportunity to Help
Clients, job seekers, etc… Recruiting allows you an opportunity to help a lot of people in a variety of ways.
I enjoy that I get to play a part in helping someone find a new opportunity. It’s always great when you know that person is really excited about the job, and you get to make that call – “The client is putting together an offer for you and should be in touch soon”. It’s AWESOME just to get to play a part in that.
People tend to reach out to recruiters when they are looking for a job. Even if you don’t have a position for them, you can provide advice and assistance that can help them along in their career search. Even if you have some constructive feedback for them, if you do it professionally and with compassion, it can be helpful.
You also get to help your clients. Maybe they don’t have the time or resources to effectively recruit for a position. It’s very rewarding when you are able to help your client find the right talent.
Recruiting affords the opportunity to help people in a variety of ways.
Recruiting Is An Important Function
Having years of experience in Human Resources, in a variety of settings, I have gained an appreciation for the importance of each piece of a comprehensive talent strategy. As one seasoned HR professional once told me – Recruiting is the most important HR function.
Although some may disagree with this idea, I am a firm believer that it should be high on the importance list for every business. When you hire the right people, it has a profoundly positive impact on your organization. When you cut corners, or make a bad hire, it has an opposite effect.
You can’t retain talent unless you first get them in the door. The way that you go about getting them in the door (recruiting) impacts retention. (I could go on and on with how recruiting impacts other aspects of talent management, but I will not for this article).
How many people really feel this way about their job?
Recruiting may not be for everyone. I don’t assume that many people would find enjoyment going through resumes and reaching out to people for extended periods of time.
Don’t get me wrong, it can be tedious at times, and can get discouraging at times when you just can’t seem to find the right person. But…when you find that right candidate and everything works out, it’s AWESOME!!
The job is challenging, and rarely if ever the same. Each client has a different take on what their “ideal” candidate looks like. Each position has unique characteristics, and each person is unique.
Also, if you are like me, you probably also enjoy the “thrill of the hunt” as they say. I like the challenge of trying to find that right person.
It really is fun!
Thinking About a Career In Recruiting?
As with any job, it is not going to be for everyone. You definitely need to be comfortable reaching out to people, and at times you need to be very resilient. There are definitely challenges that are not really discussed in this article.
With that said, I love what I do. There are a lot of recruiters out there. But, the recruiting industry can always use more that are professional, honest, and compassionate – All things that are essential for a good recruiter.