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Recruiters: The Cupids of Hiring

by Liz Carey

Statue of Cupid shooting his arrow

As Valentine’s Day approaches, love is in the air. But for recruiters, the focus is on finding the perfect match between job seekers and employers. Just like Cupid, recruiters have the ability to bring two parties together in a way that can change their lives forever. In this blog post, we’ll explore how recruiters are like Cupid — the ultimate matchmaker — and why their role in matching jobs to candidates and candidates to jobs is so important.

  1. Understanding Compatibility

Just as Cupid has an innate understanding of what makes two people compatible, recruiters have an expert knowledge of what qualifications and skills make a candidate perfect for a particular job. They don’t just go through resumes and pick out anyone who looks good on paper; they take the time to understand what each employer needs in an employee and use that information to find someone who is not only qualified but also fits well with the company culture.

  1. Making Introductions

Once a recruiter has identified a qualified candidate who would be a good fit for a particular job opening, they don’t hesitate to make introductions between the candidate and the employer. This is where their skills as a matchmaker really come into play – they know how to sell both sides on why they’re each perfect for one another. They highlight the candidate’s strengths and show how those strengths align with the employer’s needs.

  1. Overcoming Obstacles

Just like in any romantic relationship, there can be obstacles that stand in the way of making a successful match between a candidate and an employer. It could be anything from salary negotiations to scheduling conflicts or even personality clashes between team members. Recruiters have experience navigating these challenges and finding creative solutions that benefit everyone involved.

  1. Building Long-Term Relationships

Cupid doesn’t just fire off arrows willy-nilly; he takes the time to carefully consider each match and ensure that it has the potential for longevity. Similarly, recruiters don’t just place a candidate in a job and move on to the next one. They take the time to build relationships with both the candidate and employer, ensuring that everyone is happy with the match and that it has long-term potential.

  1. Spreading The Love

Finally, just as Cupid spreads love wherever he goes, recruiters are constantly networking and building connections within their industry. They attend conferences, join professional organizations, and stay up-to-date on all of the latest trends in recruitment. This allows them to keep making successful matches between candidates and employers – spreading positivity and success wherever they go.

In conclusion, recruiters truly are the ultimate matchmaker – bringing together two halves to create something greater than the sum of its parts. Just as Cupid understands what makes two people compatible, recruiters understand what qualifications make a candidate perfect for a particular job. They make introductions between candidates and employers while overcoming obstacles that might stand in their way. Recruiters also build long-term relationships with those they work with while constantly striving to spread positivity throughout their industry by networking at every opportunity. So this Valentine’s Day, let’s celebrate our favorite matchmakers – recruiters.


Benefits of Attending Professional Recruitment Conferences

by Veronica Blatt

montage of attendees from NPAworldwide professional recruitment conferencesProfessional recruitment conferences offer a host of benefits to attendees and are an important opportunity for training and development. We’re getting into the thick of our conference planning for 2024, and here are some of the main reasons members cite as reasons for attending in-person events.

Networking—Year after year, networking ranks as one of the top, if not the main, reasons for attending professional recruitment conferences. This can come from meeting other like-minded professionals in your practice area. It can mean meeting speakers or service providers and bringing those resources into your office for your whole team. It can mean getting to know the staff of the hosting organization and how that can lead to future business opportunities. We’ve seen speakers gain new business by talking with sponsors about other events. We’ve seen service providers create business opportunities among each other. And we’ve seen personal and professional relationships that have blossomed into lifelong friendships as well. Read the rest of this entry »


Recruiters: Make Industry Connections and Develop a Peer Network

by Dave Nerz

Establishing and nurturing industry connections is a crucial aspect of professional growth and success. As the president of NPAworldwide, I see the value of these relationship in play on a regular basis.

Building Bridges: The Importance of Industry Connections

In today’s fast-paced and interconnected business world, establishing and maintaining industry connections is more important than ever. These connections serve as bridges that link professionals, businesses, and organizations, creating a network that extends beyond individual capabilities. Here’s why cultivating these connections is essential: Read the rest of this entry »


Best of the Independent Recruiter Blog 2023

by Veronica Blatt

We are taking a break from the blog this week and enjoying an extended holiday break. Below are the most-read posts of 2023 on the independent recruiter blog so you can catch up on your reading over the next week or so. We’ll be back with new content in early January. Thank you for your continued readership and support. Read the rest of this entry »


Year-End Tasks for Small Recruitment Firms

by Veronica Blatt

It’s hard to believe we’re just 23 days away from the end of 2023. This can still be a busy time of year for small recruitment firms as there is often placement activity to complete before the holiday stretch begins in earnest. For many, this is also the end of the fiscal year, which creates a whole separate list of items for your to-do list. Here are some tasks to make sure you don’t overlook before December fades to January: Read the rest of this entry »


Professional Development for Recruiters

by Veronica Blatt

image of woman in professional development settingWith the end of the year quickly approaching, it’s a good time to start planning for professional development for recruiters in 2024. This is too often an area that gets overlooked or gets pushed lower on the priorities list. As recruitment tools and entire recruitment landscape continue to change at a breathtaking pace, it’s important to dedicate time to getting better at your craft. Here are some areas of professional development to consider: Read the rest of this entry »


3 Things You Need To Do When You Find A Backdoor Hire

by Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Wilson Cole. He is the CEO of BackdoorHires.com and Adams, Evens & Ross, the nation’s largest credit and collections agency designed exclusively for the staffing and recruiting industry. In 2008 he was inducted into INC Magazine’s, “INC 500” for being the CEO of Adams, Evens & Ross, the 307th fastest-growing privately held company in America. Adams, Evens, & Ross has helped more than 3,000 staffing and recruiting firms recover more than $1 billion in past-due debt and is an NPAworldwide Endorsed Program. Read his post below to learn what to do if you discover a backdoor hire.

In the world of recruitment, finding the right candidate can be challenging and time-consuming. Hiring managers often go to great lengths to screen applicants, conduct interviews, and assess qualifications to make the best hiring decision possible.

However, there are times when companies resort to “backdoor hires” – a practice where someone is hired through informal channels or connections without going through the standard recruitment process. Read the rest of this entry »


Identifying Recruitment Competition In Your Market

by Veronica Blatt

Whether you’re opening a new venture or have an established business, it’s crucial to identify and understand the recruitment competition in your market. If you haven’t gone through this exercise, here are a few ideas to get started:

List Your Recruitment Competition

  • Make a list of all the recruitment providers in your local market.
  • If you are working in a niche or micro-niche, you’ll want to expand the previous item to include the major players within that niche.
  • Identify which of your potential clients already have in-house talent acquisition teams, as these will also serve as recruitment competition for you.
  • Include quasi-competitors like BountyJobs and other similar services.
  • Include job boards that your clients (and potential clients) may be using.

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Understanding and Reducing Employee Turnover: Recruiters’ Guide

by Liz Carey

employee entering business through revolving doorEmployee turnover is one of the biggest recruitment challenges faced by businesses. Whether it’s the entry-level workers leaving within a few months of joining or managers quitting their high-paying jobs, losing employees is an issue that affects the working, productivity, and overall health of the organization. According to data from the Society for Human Resources Management, the average cost of replacing an employee is six to nine months of that employee’s salary. Additionally, the lack of corporate knowledge and experience that accompanies the loss of employees can have a significant impact on business operations. As a recruiter, it is essential to understand the root causes of employee turnover to help clients reduce the turnover rate.

Here are five tips for recruiters to help their clients overcome the employee turnover problem:

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Insurance Considerations for Small Recruitment Firms

by Veronica Blatt

image of an insurance policy and eyeglassesSmall recruitment firms have a number of requirements at the start-up phase. Insurance is an important item for your business and one that can be easily overlooked, especially for a start-up venture that may be home based. Here is a list of some of the different types of insurance you may want (or need) to procure: Read the rest of this entry »


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