3 Things that Drive Recruiters Crazy and How to Avoid Doing Them

//3 Things that Drive Recruiters Crazy and How to Avoid Doing Them

3 Things that Drive Recruiters Crazy and How to Avoid Doing Them

There are several advantages to working with professional construction recruiters. Since the industry is still rebounding from a significant skilled labor crisis, those high-demand candidates can be difficult to find. The construction industry is all about meeting important deadlines, but without the right team members in place, it can become very challenging to meet those expectations. Construction companies that partner with a recruiters are able to meet their deadlines more often than not because they gain access to a vast database of contractors and highly specialized construction talent that are ready to make a leap for the right opportunity. Yet, it’s important to remember that the most reputable construction recruiting firms won’t work with just any company. Here are some of the most common reasons why a recruiting firm might pause when considering a new client and how you can avoid falling into these habits.

Construction Companies That Don’t Know What They Want

Recruiters want to hit the ground running when they partner with a company. If you don’t know what you want in a candidate including the type of qualifications needed for the role, then it will only delay the process. Approach the relationship with confidence and a sense of decisiveness around what skills and traits you want in a candidate.

And trust your recruiter’s professional feedback. An experienced, reputable construction recruiter know’s the difference between slick looking resumes that tend to overcompensate for lack-of experience, and those candidates who have great experience yet have an underwhelming resume. Simply put, you are working with the wrong recruiter if they can’t articulate the potential fit of a candidate for your position, much better than a resume can.

Inefficient Hiring Processes

An overly hasty hiring process can result in landing poorly vetted candidates. Yet, it’s often more detrimental for companies to have extremely slow procedures that leave candidate’s hanging on a line. This will cause many of the top candidates to be snapped up by other opportunities. Instead, organizations should work closely with their construction recruiter to streamline their hiring process so they can get the construction talent they need in a realistic window of time.

Clients Who Work With Multiple Recruiters

One of the biggest challenges recruiters face is dealing with companies who think that working with multiple recruiters going to help their hiring process. Clients companies that feel they need to work this way, often end up with inexperienced recruiters or recruiters that are not going to make them a priority. Clients companies who partner with several recruiters are only confusing their potential candidates by having their jobs posted multiple times. It could also lead to multiple recruiters sending mixed messages out to the same potential candidates by email, phone, etc. The best search professionals should be able to articulate a very understandable search process. They should be able to explain how they are going to target every potential candidate in their marketplace and how they will present your exciting opportunity to all of them. The presentation should include the most compelling reasons why your firm is great place to be a part of. So, it’s highly recommended to work with one very successful construction recruiter rather than using multiple recruiters.

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By | 2018-10-15T18:37:51-04:00 October 9th, 2018|Construction Blog|

About the Author:

The Birmingham Group has been serving the construction industry since 1967. Brian Binke took over the firm in 1995 and since that time, he has personally placed over 1200 construction managers and senior leaders, with company revenues ranging from $10 million dollars to the largest ENR 400 companies in the industry. Brian is an industry innovator, with a specialized skillset in construction. His keen understanding of business, the construction industry, and ability to effectively match and recruit top leaders has led to many accolades. He was ranked the #1 International Billing Owner in the construction industry for his own personal production and has been consistently recognized as one of the Top 10 International Billing Owners out of 800 owners worldwide. This includes owners across every industry. In 2013, Brian was awarded the #1 International Billing Owner within the entire network. For over two decades, Brian has been considered one of the most influential thought leaders in the construction industry. His business and construction knowledge are used as a resource for some of the nation’s most prominent publications. In the past year alone, Brian has been quoted in or authored articles for The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, MoneyWatch, Construction Today, ConstructionDive, United Rentals, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, American Express, Builder Magazine, and Human Resource Executive, among others. "I believe companies are a lot like sports teams. The team with the best players usually wins. It is my passion to deliver the absolute best talent to my client companies – the market’s top performers, the talent that every company wants to hire but which seldom seems available. To put it simply, I thrive on helping my clients build their Dream Team." - Brian Binke, The Birmingham Group
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