Talent Acquisition

Channelling Your Inner Recruitment Superhero

As I write this, I first need to point out that the real superheroes in life are those who work in the Police, Fire, Medical and Education services across the globe- those who choose a true vocation to dedicate their lives to, helping the people of the country they live in have better lives.

However, I firmly believe that the life of a recruiter also has elements of being superheroes too, as we are also changing peoples lives- and it should always be for the better.

You may be reading this thinking, what are my superpowers, how do I find out which cape to put on……So read on for my top tips on how to channel your own recruitment superhero and making sure the powers you spread are always good ones…. and never evil….

How should you channel your inner superhero?

Decide what your superpower is:

Whether it is finding the best top talent in your market, using Boolean searches, scanning your database, or proper headhunting for a specific brief, focus in on what you excel at and this should be where you dominate and become the “go-to” person for this reason. You can portray this by highlighting it on your personal brand on social media.

Ask for endorsements from your customers to illustrate and reinforce what your claim for super-heroism is. Ensure the recommendations are authentic though- try to avoid ones from colleagues. External endorsements are always more genuine and sincere.

Become the champion for your superpower

Let’s say you’ve realized your superpower is developing new business- speak to your employer. Talk to them about how you could champion other people in your company in how to become the superhero for this skillset. Present at training sessions, leading by example and really teaching best practice in your chosen area or superpowerdom.

And remember, no superhero knows everything – be receptive to learning from your fellow superheroes!

Find your fellow superheroes and form an alliance

By coupling up with other superheroes who complement your strengths you could create between you a really exceptional, universe-beating team. For example, if you are the superhero of new business and you couple up with the superhero of candidate generation, you will become the winning partnership in delivering for the clients you win! These things will change; allow others into your power superhero circle as this will create a real champion like culture.

Within your superhero, you should all be channeling the best practice for the areas you all have expertise in. This is very scaleable then for larger companies to replicate within different practice areas.

Beat the villains

Everyone knows that for every superhero, there is an evil villain counterpart, and it is only by allowing the superhero traits to shine across your world (recruitment desk) can you defeat and forever banish the villainy – double-crossing recruiters, those who cut corners or undercut the market price; those who breach the law and best practise code.

Your actions as a superhero, begin to educate your client and customer base so that they won’t ever accept the business off those who should be banished to Krypton.

What is your superhero power? Feel free to share this blog with a picture of your favorite iconic superhero.

By Lysha Holmes

Lysha Holmes is founding director of Qui Recruitment established in 2005 to completely challenge the traditionally poorly perceived service offered by other Rec 2 Rec providers. Lysha as Qui Recruitment is dedicated to representing the best talent to the best suited roles, focussing on placing recruiters of all levels in a candidate led service across the NW.