Contract recruitment is fast paced. Unlike placing permanent candidates, the urgency with which the position needs to be filled often has a shorter turnaround time and expectations are therefore higher. To fulfil the brief effectively, you have to know what you are doing. This can be tricky if you are new to the world of recruiting – whether literally or figuratively; akin to graduate jobhunting in a webpage full of ‘must have experience’ job adverts. However, there is a way to make it work.
The workforce has shown a growing preference for contract roles for quite some time, with buzzwords like flexibility dominating the proverbial field of what candidates are looking for in their career. Data from the freelance website Elance suggests that of the whopping 1000 graduates surveyed, 85% showed a preference for contract work. It has long been prospected that young people will prefer contract work, and this is reflected in new data. Contract recruitment is a great sector to specialise in because of the clear long-term potential and the chances of quick success – the latter of which is ‘make or break’ in the world of recruitment.
The digital age has given rise to the promotion of contract work, with social media playing an even bigger role in influencing jobseeker perception and the workforce evolving to prioritise shorter contracts over decades spent at the same desk. Since social media has branched out into so many more avenues than simply showcasing what you have rustled up for dinner, more opportunities have opened up in terms of work. LinkedIn is perhaps the best example of this as it is something of a recruiter’s playground. It’s also the perfect place for companies to show off what makes them stand out, and the primary place for serious jobseekers to advertise their aptitude and experience in hopes of securing the best gig around. It is possible to filter within very specific parameters too – which is great news if you are a recruiter within a specialist agency.
Precision People offer a wide umbrella of recruitment services; however, this recruitment agency has been making their mark as engineering and contract recruitment specialists since 2004. The team here specialise in the recruitment of contingent labour by prioritising what both parties want out of the hiring process – it is perfecting this art that will propel you into a long career as a recruiter. Since saving time is the most imperative part of a recruitment professional has to offer to any type of company embarking on a hiring journey, being pro-active is your best port of call, at all times. Actively survey which companies are described as ‘growing’ or looking to hire before you receive a phone call, make it known that you believe in what you are doing, and advertise yourself on social media sites like LinkedIn as though you were that fresh graduate from our earlier analogy.
Confidence and desire to not stop until you see success are crucial components of becoming a successful recruiter.