It’s the beginning of the year, and for many job seekers, the perfect time to be looking for a new role or opportunity. As a recruiter, it’s your job to help your candidates find these opportunities, but also to make your candidates feel valued.
These days, it takes more than a regular phone call or email though – to stand out from your competitors, you really need to step up and go the extra mile.
The basics still apply, of course. Maintain your regular contact – phone calls, emails, text messages, whatever it might be. For particularly valued candidates, you might even want to invest in a coffee every month or two.
When you get in touch with them, be honest. Don’t give them the same old lines each time – they’re human, and they’ll see right through it. Be honest about the job market, be honest about the opportunities that have come up. If you haven’t mentioned a position to them, but they ask you, explain why.
Listen to them. Actually listen. If they tell you they need a part time opportunity because they’ve got family and they feel guilty about returning to full time work, don’t offer them a full time role “just in case”. It won’t help the guilt. If they tell you they need full time work because they just can’t afford to live off a part time wage, don’t offer them part time “just in case”.
Keep it personal. Let them know you as a person – not just as a stern, corporate recruiter. Build a relationship and rapport with them.
Gifts never go out of fashion – but the actual gifts themselves might. Think outside the box. There are so many ideas for quirky corporate gifts these days, that are both personal and cost-effective – look around before settling for the boring hampers and coffee mugs.