Who am I? – A day in the life of a recruiter
I recall an incident that took place a few years ago. This was back in the day when the bulk of my day was spent talking to candidates and assessing suitability for the roles I was tasked to fulfil. The candidate (we can call him John Smith) asked me whether I was a recruiter or a sourcer. It was the first time someone had asked me this and I didn’t know how to respond. I later found out that a lot many people out there use sourcing specialist/recruiter titles interchangeably.
So – which is it? Are recruiters merely sourcers? Or do sourcers have greater importance than recruiters? I happen to think it is a little of both. In keeping with John Smith’s mindset, he equated travel and in-person interaction with “true” recruitment. It is an essential duty in his mind. Without those two things the recruiter is merely a sourcer in his world.
Sourcers have been an entry-level position in recruitment in the places I have worked. I’m not diminishing what a sourcer does, just speaking from my experience.Of greater importance is that they are an essential part of the recruiting life cycle because sourcing is the very first and one very critical step. What is recruitment without identifying the “right fit”? In today’s world, lowering the CPH (Cost per Hire) is one of the major KRA’s of the TAM (Talent Acquisition Manager). So, is it any wonder that we look for recruiters who will reduce vendor usage and use innovative methods to source the talent needed to fulfil the talent shortage we talk about? Another value that our recruiters must possess is speed & proactiveness. Our most important metric (TAT) will go for a toss if we wait for candidates to apply to fulfil our positions.
Whatever you call yourself is quite irrelevant. The point to remember is that recruiters are the brand ambassador, primary touch point and essential facet of the organization accountable for driving the talent strategy in a way that adds value to the company.