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The festive season is upon us! It’s time to unwrap our top 5 gifts that every recruiter needs this Christmas!

A bespoke database

Many recruitment firms fall into the trap of settling for a generic CRM database, thus minimising their chances of finding the perfect fit for their clients. “An intelligent database with a CRM system that is tailor-made and bespoke, empowers recruitment agencies to maintain a detailed database and offer specialised consultation services,” advises Peter Preston, Search Director and Head of Professional Services in England.

A specialised CRM database that provides extensive details on the candidates’ qualifications and career experience means less time wasted, increased productivity and greater results. “A very responsive CRM system that compartmentalises specific data, separating to minute detail what a candidate’s skills are will then enable the recruiter to search specifically for talent required by the client. This then enables recruiters to be seen as specialist suppliers, ultimately benefiting the candidate, client and their recruitment organisation they represent,” Peter advises.

A stress ball

Given the fast-paced nature of the recruitment, it’s natural for some consultants to occasionally feel a bit stressed out and frazzled. Enter the stress ball – an underestimated yet useful tool that can help minimise stress levels and ensure that you keep a level head when encountering a particularly manic day.

When we’re stressed out, our bodies tense up and we physically clench. The stress ball prompts you to squeeze and release, which can leave you feeling less tense than when you started. Research suggests that the benefit of squeezing is that it releases some energy whilst inducing you to relax.

So next time you’ve got an unhappy client on the phone, or a candidate who’s given you the run around, reach for your stress ball, squeeze, release, and carry on!

Social media

Using Social media for recruitment is much like unravelling a variety of presents within a layered Christmas box! Although Linkedin is a clear favourite in the world of recruitment, many consultants underestimate the power of social media – a platform that enables organisations to reach out to a wider demographic, thus increasing their chances of generating new business and retaining existing clients and candidates. Recruiters can remain in their peripheral vision and keep in touch with their contacts without bombarding them with calls or emails.

The benefits of using social media for recruitment include:

  • Through social media, employers can reach candidates faster and at a lower cost because, as opposed to agencies, job boards or referrals, recruiting with social media is totally free.
  • Social media tools allow employers to engage with their target audience and easily identify whether the candidates are a good cultural fit for the company or not.
  • Social media will spread the information about a company making more people aware of its job opportunities and getting employers in front of candidates whom they may never find through traditional hiring methods.
  • Because there is less spam, employers will get a better and higher response rate when using social networks to communicate with potential candidates.
  • Social media is great for referrals and they have the highest chances to result in a mutual fit.
  • Passive candidates can be reached easily as they rarely visit job boards. So social media might be the only way to reach and engage with them.
  • With social media platforms like LinkedIn, job seekers can be specifically targeted and chosen from followers, connections or supporters of the brand.

Networking events

One of the best ways for a specialist recruiter to get to know their market and generate new business is through attending industry-specific networking events! The whole point of networking is not to meet as many people as possible, or to find one person and spend the entire hour talking to them. If you can find a few people to talk to later over coffee or lunch, develop relationships with, and possibly use as a resource to help with future recruiting efforts, then you're networking in the right way!

By getting out of the office and going to the gathering places of your target candidates, you’ll make your job much easier, and your success rate much higher. It just takes some effort and some willingness to shut off your computer and get out of the office.

The gift of giving

There are many rewards to be reaped from corporate and social responsibility initiatives! These benefit not only the community, but the organisation facilitating such outreach programmes, enabling them to expand their social networks and thus elevate their brand presence.

Furthermore, business leaders who pledge to help those less fortunate set a positive example of how others can selflessly use their influence to make the world a better place. “We, as corporate leaders who are in a position of influence, and have a duty to help those who have restricted ability, or are unable to help themselves,” says Stuart Furneaux, Senior Divisional Manager for Accountancy and HR, who recently participated in Search’s One Day initiative and hosted one of our Macmillan workshops about How to Manage Cancer in the Workplace.


We want you on our team!

Are you an experienced recruiter looking for your next role within the industry? Search Consultancy is a nationwide recruitment agency that offers a wide range of jobs from a variety of specialist industry sectors. If you feel you would be an ideal addition to our team, please do not hesitate to contact our internal recruitment team, by emailing internalrecruitment@search.co.uk Take a look at the recruitment consultant jobs that we have on offer here.