Are you a new recruiter? Start here!

As a new recruiter, calling, leaving voicemails and emailing candidates are some of the things you have to do daily. To get the results expected of you, it helps to focus on each of these tasks and learn how to get comfortable with them. 

Pick up the phone! Those first few phone calls can be scary. The confidence isn’t there, you are unsure of how to answer their questions or what questions to ask. I recommend before reaching out to the first candidate find out all the information you need to gather from each candidate you speak with such as; their previous positions, what type of position they are looking for, salary range and expectations, etc. so you don’t miss anything important. Don’t spend too much time analyzing a resume because you are unsure if they are the right fit – call them and ask!  If the candidate is searching for a job they would be happy to speak to a recruiter. While the candidate is on the phone ask questions about things you are unsure of – they will tell you if they have the skills to do the job or not.

Leave a voicemail.  When I first started I typed up my traditional voicemail, it may have sounded scripted but it got me comfortable leaving a voicemail. You may end up leaving a lot of voicemails, so it helps to ask yourself why you are calling this candidate. Did they just leave a position and you want to find out what they are looking for? Do they have a certification that interests you? Let the voicemail be in your own voice. Be yourself.  

Send an email. Personalize the email with some details from their resume or the reason you reached out to them. Provide some details about the position so the candidate can decide in the first few moments if they are interested in learning more. Give them enough details about the role to peak their interest. If you aren’t certain if they would be a good fit for the positions ask them if they know someone who would be. I always end the email offering my assistance in the future.

Recruiting is a rewarding and challenging career. And as a new recruiter, it can be overwhelming. If you keep these tips in mind, they will help you stay on task.

By Artyse Esannason | People Science Talent Advisor


From our inception in 1997, companies have relied on People Science to “break the code” of their toughest and most complicated recruiting efforts. Acknowledging the importance of taking a fresh approach when in a War for Talent, we challenge ourselves to create processes, methodology and “out of the box” recruiting ideas to bring resolution to our clients’ critical staffing goals. As a result we have completed many RPO projects in our tenure and consider ourselves pioneers in the field of Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO). People Science provides End to End, Augmentation and Project RPO Services.

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