What is a recruiter? What do they really do? According to Wikipedia, "Recruitment refers to the process of attracting, screening, selecting, and on-boarding a qualified person for a job. At the strategic level it may involve the development of an employer brand which includes an 'employee offering'. The stages of the recruitment process include: job analysis and developing a person specification; the sourcing of candidates by networking, advertising, or other search methods; matching candidates to job requirements and screening individuals using testing (skills or personality assessment); assessment of candidates' motivations and their fit with organizational requirements by interviewing and other assessment techniques. The recruitment process also includes the making and finalizing of job offers and the induction and on-boarding of new employees. Depending on the size and culture of the organization recruitment may be undertaken in-house by managers, human resource generalists and / or recruitment specialists."
There is a common misconception that recruiters help people find jobs. In part, we do. However, we can only help the candidates who are a "true fit' for the open jobs that we have. Recruiters are not job-finders. In fact, we are the exact opposite. Think of a recruiter as more of a talent detective. The process of what a recruiter does is very time consuming and at times, can be very frustrating. Being a "talent detective" takes dedication, persistence and patients. Hours of our weeks are spent networking, on the phone, interviewing, visiting with clients to get to know their business better, and assessing jobs/candidates. So much goes on behind the scenes to successfully fill jobs!
Every recruiter wishes that they could place all their candidates into new opportunities. Oftentimes, candidates get mad because we can't help them, and therefore, they think that we are not trying. Recruiters get paid on a commission - so please don't think that we don't wish to place all of you - we would - but, just simply can't! Recruiters cannot take a candidate that deems themselves qualified for the position - but in fact, doesn't have all of the criteria the client is asking for - and place them into a position. And, more than ever before clients are extremely decisive and picky about what they want in a potential hire. Clients pay a fee for each position we fill, and they expect precise talent...Candidates that have the direct experience and can succeed at their company. You can't take a graphic designer and place them in an administrative assistant or communications position. Recruiters are hired by their clients to deliver the best solution for their open opportunity. This is why expectations must be set with both clients and candidates before entering into a relationship. That way the recruiter can represent both sides realistically. There is also the matter of timing when we meet prospective candidates... we love the background of a candidate and they impress us in an interview, but, we don't have a job for them at that time. This is where we stress the importance of maintaining contact with your recruiter as an opportunity could be right around the corner. Make sure your recruiter remembers you! Check in with them and keep up with their jobs. Something will come along... It's just a matter of time.