A day in the life of a flat fee recruiter
If you are reading this then it is more than likely you are already familiar with the recruitment industry and how it can be a fast paced, competitive and hectic industry. That aside, what you probably aren’t too familiar with is the individuals on the other side of the coin, those highly skilled and professional individuals who on a daily basis act as the cogs keeping the whole industry moving forward by advertising your job vacancies and actively finding the ideal candidate for your position.
When performed to an efficient and professional standard the role of a flat fee recruiter can require a repertoire of skills and qualities in order to juggle the tasks of advertising a position, finding the right candidates whilst also keeping clients happy.
The aim of this post is to provide a brief insight into some of the daily tasks which your average flat fee recruitment personnel may undertake. Now whilst this is of course a serious post, I must stress the word ‘brief’ as I won’t be going into details such as their favourite coffee mugs or what flavour crisps they have with their lunch.
8.30am / check emails
Most flat fee recruiters are very passionate about what they do and tend to be driven by the results they achieve and also meeting targets they have been set. A side effect of this is that they are often compelled to set their alarm clock early, eat their porridge and make it into the office 30 minutes early. Not only does this give them some extra coffee drinking time, it also allows them to get a head start on the day by trawling through the hoards of emails they have received over night (and trust
me they get a lot).
9am – 10am / Follow up leads and enquiries from the previous day
We all know the old adage’ ‘the early bird catches the worm’… Recruitment, is a VERY competitive game, therefore, it is paramount that any potential sales or contact enquiries that were received the previous day are followed up to maintain a fresh relationship and to keep in a prospects mind or even better converting a sale!
11am – 12pm / Create job advertisements
As part of a flat fee recruitment package, the design and construction of a carefully crafted job advertisement is usually included as part of the price. Therefore, most recruitment agencies have in house copywriters who are natural talents at taking a job spec for the role in hand (which are usually quite flat and generic) and turning it into a finely tuned targeted ad which aims to stand out and appeal to the right sort of candidate who is perfect for the role.
1.30pm – 3pm / Advertise jobs on leading job boards
Any adverts that have been completed and signed off by a client then need to be placed on a collection of the UK’s leading job boards where they will be seen by a large audience, and depending on the level of recruitment package purchased, an advert may also placed on specialised job boards for the target sector to ensure the highest amount of exposure to ideal candidates.
3pm – 5pm / Applicant tracking
An essential part of any recruiters’ day is to monitor the applications which may have come in for positions advertised in the previous days. At this stage details of potential candidates will be processed and then, equipped with all their knowledge and an armoury of special tests, the recruiter will begin to vet the pool of candidates to ensure that only the most suited are considered and passed on to a client for interview consideration.