You want to be a remote recruiter? What does it take to recruit from anywhere? First and foremost good communication skills, cell phone and internet connection. Things that have left the industry in the last 30 years: phone books,file cabinets, telefax…. The office.
Don’t get me wrong, there will be a need for recruiters centrally located. High volume lower level skill sets will always require bulk producers and face to face interaction. It is where most of us cut our teeth it teaches you urgency and focuses on the clients or managers immediate need. Quickly though recruiter’s search out a niche and within that niche the need to have a physical office is no longer needed. Cell phones and Skype now replace the face to face morning req meeting, internal interviews and testing is done almost exclusively offsite and online.
How To Persuade Me To Let You Recruit Remotely
- Produce – Numbers Speak – Spread is King
- Start with one day every other week and produce
- Communicate Effectively
- Become a 1099 recruiter
- Just Ask
It is not that hard to do. I always value the production of my recruiters and know there is a work/life balance struggle. If we can come to an agreement that is beneficial to both sides and does not impact clients, I see it as a win. I want producers recruiting on my reqs. What does it matter to me if they are in the office down the hall or working from Seattle this quarter as they visit family.
Ultimately only results matter.