This isn’t a comprehensive guide to being a specialist recruiter as such, but rather just a few points to hopefully get you thinking slightly differently about the way you go about business. Start to ask these questions, think carefully about why you’re having the conversations you do.

This isn’t a comprehensive guide to being a specialist recruiter as such, but rather just a few points to hopefully get you thinking slightly differently about the way you go about business. Start to ask these questions, think carefully about why you’re having the conversations you do. If you start with a genuine interest and inquisitiveness, it won’t go unnoticed or unappreciated.

Firstly, read around your market, the current job landscape, trends, opportunities and challenges – there are plenty of books, blogs and posts both by recruiters & engineers that are targeted at recruiters wanting to understand the industry. The Full Stack Recruiter is a great place to start.

Secondly, go to a meetup – getting to grips with your market can be difficult, especially if it’s technical. It is also your job to network, it’s basically like being a match maker; building long-term relationships, matching the ideal candidate with the perfect client. Something that massively helps is organising meetups. Not only does this enable you to meet specialists, but also get to know them outside of the professional environment. Most importantly, if you manage to pay attention and catch on to the talks you start to build a picture of what these guys are up to all day… and even begin to learn a thing or two. It might save you from putting that Backend Java developer forward to a Front-End JavaScript role – which only makes everyone look like a plum.

Additionally, be honest – if you don’t know something… ask. At the end of the day this is their job, life and passion. It’s essential to be confident and respectful when handling someone’s next career move.

Finally, be sensitive and considerate – this is someone’s career. Recruiters are paid because they are specialists. Not only this but we have a duty of care, the people we work with are entrusting us to guide them through the next steps of their life – we need to take this seriously.