Update Your Agency and Recruiter Profiles in TE!
I have addressed this topic before in The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog, but I feel compelled to address it once again. One reason why is because of the importance of the topic and how central it is to your success as a member of Top Echelon Network.
We always say the Network is about building lasting relationships with split recruiting partners.
That’s why, when new recruiters join the Network, we recommend completing your Agency Profile and your Recruiter Profile, including your photo. We don’t recommend this lightly. There is a method to our madness!
When you start reaching out to your new trading partners, those recruiters will view your Profile, including your photo, so that when they reach out to you, they have a sense of who you are and what you do. If there is nothing in your Profile, how will they know whether or not they wish to partner with you?
Why not give your trading partners (and potential trading partners) the advantage of a properly completed Profile, including a photo? Recruiters join the Network to make more placements. This is a simple way to assure that you attract trading partners and build long-lasting relationships. Plus, who doesn’t want to put a face with the name when they give you a call?
Your TE Profile and your Agency Profile are important to you as a resume is to a job seeker. In essence, you’re presenting yourself to other members in Top Echelon’s recruiting network. As such, you want them to understand what you specialize in and how you might be able to help them.
There are a number of crucial components that your Recruiter Profile should contain. I have listed four of those components below:
#1—A photo of yourself
You might think this isn’t a necessity, but rather an optional item. But in reality, it’s more of a necessity.
Plainly put, people like to know what people look like, especially if they’re working with those people or if they might work with those people. Don’t post a “glamour shot. Instead, use a good (and relatively recent) representation of you.
#2—Updated contact information
This is especially necessary when it comes to your phone number. But it’s not just the phone number. It’s your extension, too, if you have one.
If you don’t include your extension, then somebody could call your office looking for you and get stuck inside your voicemail system, never able to connect with you. This can lead to frustration, which ultimately leads to a negative experience.
Then that recruiter may not want to work with you in the future. (Also remember that you should put your mobile phone number on your Recruiter Profile.)
And yes, be sure to include a physical address in the contact information. After all, you want to make sure that if another Network member sends you a placement check, then that check makes it to the right place!
#3—A breakdown of specialties
In the area of specialization, break down the skill areas of focus in which you work.
For instance, if you work IT, don’t just say, “I work IT.” That’s like saying, “I like toast.” Well, what kind of toast do you like?
In the IT example, break the specialty down into the programming languages or systems that you work in an outline form. If you work “Java Developers,” put that in your Profile. You get the idea.
#4—How you like to work
Something else you might want to include in your Profile is the way in which you like to work in a split placement situation or a trading partner relationship. This isn’t essential, but it is something to think about.
That’s because how you work can be just as important as what you work. Two recruiters can work in exactly the same niche, but that doesn’t mean they’re automatically going to make split placements.
The Recruiter Profile section should be more of a breakdown of you and your recruiting experience and who you are as a human being. Give people a bit of information about who you are as a person so they can feel more comfortable calling you and talking with you.
You never know what you may have in common with someone else and where that will take you.
So complete and/or update your Agency Profile and Recruiter Profile in Top Echelon Network as soon as possible!