WHY You Should Complete Your TE Recruiter Profile

We always say the Network is about building lasting relationships with split recruiting partners.  When new recruiters join the Network, we recommend completing your agency and recruiter profile, including your profile picture. We don’t recommend this lightly. There is a method to our madness!

When new recruiters start reaching out to their new trading partners, those recruiters will view your profile, including your picture, 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 they wish to partner with you?

Why not give your trading partners the advantage of a properly completed profile, including a picture?  Recruiters join the Network to make more placements. This is a simple way to assure 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 profile is just as 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.

Recruiter profile components

There are a number of crucial components that your Recruiter Profile should contain. I have listed three 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 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.)

#3—A breakdown of specialties

In the area of specialization, break down the skill areas of focus that 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 you work in an outline form. This will allow other recruiters in the Network to keyword search the “Who Works What” and find you. If you work “Java Developers,” put that in your profile. You get the idea.

Additional profile considerations

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 the exact 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.

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