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What It Takes To Be Great At Recruitment

Whilst recruitment might be slowly evolving to be a career of choice, it still remains that most enter the staffing profession by accident.

And that’s primarily because the entry barrier into recruitment is very low:

It suits someone unsure of a definitive vocation.

You don’t need official qualifications.

You already own the main tools of the trade: phone, laptop, ability to communicate.

But woven beneath this seemingly simplistic industry, is a magnificent tapestry of multifarious skills and abilities that manifests as something extraordinary.

So if whether you’re a seasoned recruiter or someone looking to start up a recruitment business, here’s a list of the top traits and skills all successful recruiters possess:

  • Account Management
  • Accounting
  • Administration
  • Coordination
  • Business Development
  • Candidate Liaison
  • Career Management
  • Commercial Awareness
  • Communication
  • Content Creation
  • Current Affairs
  • Customer Service
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Forecasting
  • Hiring
  • Interviewing
  • Life Counselling
  • Legal Awareness
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Negotiation
  • Networking
  • Objection Handling
  • Perseverance
  • Personal Branding
  • Planning
  • Process Management
  • Research
  • Resilience
  • Sales
  • Sense of Humour
  • Social Media
  • Technologically Savvy
  • Time Management

Of course, there are many other skills we could add to what is a constantly evolving list.

Meanwhile, recruiters, we salute you!

If you’re an SME recruitment agency or you’re looking to establish your own recruitment business, you’ll find plenty of like-minded people with all the above skills in the MembersOnly recruitment leader network. To become a member, simply join the waitlist or start your membership now.

This article was inspired by Tim Davey, founding director of specialist Cloud and IT recruitment agency, InfraView. View Tim’s original LinkedIn post here.



Simon is founder and CEO at MembersOnly.

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