7 Traits of a Good Recruitment Resourcer

What is a Recruitment Resourcer?

A Recruitment Consultant’s job covers the entire 360° recruitment process. That includes everything from sourcing candidates to client management. Recruitment Resourcers work with consultants but focus mainly on the candidate side.

  • Sourcing suitable candidates on LinkedIn and other social media channels
  • Reaching out and building relationships with candidates
  • Obtaining and shortlisting CVs
  • Telephone screening candidates
  • Arranging telephone and face to face interviews
  • Handling any administration related to booking interviews
  • Taking queries from clients and candidates
Experienced recruiter taking over a conversation from a recruitment resourcer.
Experienced Recruitment Consultants often take over the recruitment process once candidates are progressing through the interview process. This is because they have the negotiation skills to handle some of the serious conversations happening at this level.

Is Recruitment Resourcing a Good Job?

Many agencies require no previous experience or qualifications to become a Recruitment Resourcer. That said, the salaries often start pretty low but offer commission and bonuses on top of your basic salary. So, where the starting salaries can seem unattractive, the earning potential is often uncapped. Therefore, if you’re good at resourcing, you are in charge of how much you earn.

What Skills do you Need to be Good at Resourcing?

Just because it’s possible, it doesn’t mean it’s easy, and whether or not you enjoy resourcing comes purely down to personal preference. That said, there are seven personality traits, or soft skills, that will help you succeed in a career in recruitment.

1 — Focus

Recruitment agencies are well known for being busy, noisy environments with several people talking on the phone at once. Therefore it helps to be a good multitasker who can focus in a fast-paced environment.

2 — Confidence

Some might argue that confidence comes with experience in recruitment. However, one of the biggest challenges most resourcers face is getting over their initial nervousness when talking on the phone.

3 — Initiative

Every day is a school day in recruitment. Even after years of working on the job, candidates will occasionally ask questions on the phone for which you don’t know the answer. Therefore the ability to think on your feet is a must.

4 — Organisation

Resourcers will often find themselves juggling several phone calls and administration tasks at once. Of course, this makes for an exciting job where time flies and no two days are the same. However, you do need excellent organisation skills to keep on top of your workload.

A recruitment resourcer talking to a candidate on the phone
A Recruitment Resourcer’s job is a varied and interesting one, where no two days are the same.

5 — Technology

In the olden days of recruitment, everything was done by pen, paper and fax machine. These days, we have some marvellous recruitment technology that automates some of our tasks and makes others much easier to manage. While this is a huge bonus, it does require resourcers to be tech-savvy.

6 — Honesty

There is so much to juggle in recruitment that occasionally, we drop one of our spinning plates. It happens to the best of us, and nobody will think less of you for it. The important thing is that you can be humble enough to own up to your mistakes as soon as you realise you’ve made them.

7 — Persistence

You will often see job adverts for Recruitment Resourcers that include words like resilience, determination to succeed, ambition or persistence. Whatever you call it, like with any job, we all have bad days in recruitment. The ability to dust yourself off, get back on your horse, and ride will see you go a long way.

A Few Final Thoughts on Becoming a Good Recruitment Resourcer

Recruitment Resourcing is not for everyone, and sometimes it’s only through trial and error that people find out whether they enjoy it or not. That said, sometimes people start resourcing with one agency where they’re just not happy. However, their experience with another might be very different. Some people take to it like a duck to water, whereas others just need to find their niche.

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Rachael. Adria Solutions

Rachael. Adria Solutions

Hi there! I’m Rachael, Marketing Manager at Adria Solutions Ltd. Read more about me here: https://www.adriasolutions.co.uk/blog