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Why Everyone Should “Date” a Recruiter

Author: Dave Schneider/Tuesday, October 22, 2013/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, SNI Certes, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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It is my belief that everyone, employers and job candidates alike, should “date” a staffing agency recruiter. Why? Because, starting and maintaining a relationship with a recruiter can bring you immediate and ongoing value.

Let’s say you are a hiring manager, and just lost a team member whose technical skills and disposition made her a key employee. While most solid recruiters can find you candidates with the proper skillset for your open role, what are important to you are the intangible skills of your departing employee. For example, she could work very well across business units and with just about any personality type in your organization. For you to replace her, you need someone who understands you and your organization in a very real and personal manner.

Let’s also assume that you are a manager with 15 years professional experience. Prior to your current role you have held two jobs at two different companies. Each time you have changed jobs in the past, you have used a different recruiter. Unfortunately, you are no longer in touch with either recruiter. Now, you have a very important role to fill that requires the right skills and personality. If you had maintained a long-term, active relationship with your recruiter(s), you would have someone ready to quickly assess your needs and understand the unique nature of your hiring situation. By having an ongoing relationship with a recruiter, they would be well-situated to fill your role quickly and accurately – two things that you badly need.

And, there are other ways your recruiter could be adding value. If as a hiring manager, you know that you will be adding staff in the next 3-6 months, you could engage your recruiter to help with this process before the jobs are even posted. Recruiters see a lot of candidates over the course of a month or two. When we know what you are looking for, we can alert you to a top-notch, “A” player when we meet them. Recruiters also know many passive candidates that are only interested in making a move to if the pay and work environment are right. By matching you to these “unknown” candidates we can help speed your hiring process.

Speaking of job candidates, you too may one day find yourself suddenly out of a job. Changes, such as the sale of your company, can quickly change your employment status and security. You will be ahead if you already have a relationship with a great recruiter who will work tirelessly on your behalf to find your next opportunity.

So next time your phone rings and it’s me on the other line, take a moment to consider your recruiter relationship status. Maybe it’s time to start that relationship and maybe, just maybe, it’s time for a change. Pick up the phone. Take a chance. It may be the start of a something beautiful.


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Dave Schneider
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Dave Schneider

Dave Schneider is a Director of Recruiting at SNI Financial where he specializes in recruiting and placing finance and accounting professionals.

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