How to Ace Recruiter Interactions

Working with a recruiter can be a vastly different experience depending on your approach to the process. Most recruiters work on behalf of the hiring company (e.g. the one paying the recruiter’s fee) but that doesn’t mean that candidates aren’t our priority. Presenting great candidates to our client is how we succeed. The following is…

How to Stand Out With Recruiters

I read somewhere that only 10 to 15% of vacant positions in the market go to a formal search with a recruiter.  Most of the open roles are either publicly posted or companies are recruiting for directly.  Many of the searches that we work on are either very difficult to fill, are confidential in nature…

My Parents Wanted Me to Be a Recruiter…

My parents (mostly my mom) put a huge emphasis on school.  Although neither of them graduated from post-secondary, they both regarded school as the ticket to a better life.  Instead of going out with friends or participating in extracurricular activities, they wanted me (and my siblings) to study, study and then study some more.  They…

The Importance of Networking

As a recruiter, I meet a lot of people.  I meet with clients, potential clients, candidates and those looking for advice on their career.  Other than the last group, it is typically me who is reaching out to these different individuals asking for their time.  Many times, my call or email is ignored – not…

Why Have I Remained in Search?

When I got into recruiting in 2000, I thought I would do it for a couple years and then get a real job. I went to school for business and always aspired to do something in finance. Although I don’t use much of what I learned from all the finance and accounting courses I took in school,…

The Worst Part of My Job As a Recruiter

As an executive recruiter, there are many reasons why I have remained in the business for over 17 years. I have enjoyed the variety and senior level contact that my job provides, the work I have done across Canada and internationally, and the satisfaction I have received from placing executives with clients who have progressed on…