4 New Year’s Reflections For Recruiters

By Emily Plummer on December 27, 2015

With December’s end comes a time of contemplation and reflection. It is an opportunity to take a look at your year in review: the friends you made, the tasks you accomplished, the things you learned.

And as the year’s end turns to a new year’s beginning, you may ask yourself how you can improve in the coming year: What have I done this past year? What can I be proud of? What do I regret?

The New Year is a clean slate to leave past mistakes or worries behind, and start anew with fresh aspirations.

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There are some goals that make the “New Year’s Resolutions” list year after year, and others that are crossed off with only one try. Both groups have equal importance. Every January 1 allows you to once more commit your whole effort to an idea of yourself — more hardworking, creative, successful — that you wish to be, even as those ideas may fade with the passing of winter, and be soon forgotten until the next December. Setting yourself up to try and achieve them over and over again is still and always admirable.

I was introduced recently to a profound idea. Well, really just a simple distinction between finishing and accomplishing, but one that really spoke to me. When we work to be done with something, it is rarely something we can take pride in once it actually is finished. Working to be accomplished, however, shows a high level of dedication and commitment to a project, even as it throws curveballs and has you starting from the beginning again and again.

This New Year’s evaluate your work and your life. Think about the things you would change, and those that you wouldn’t — not in a million years. Ponder the tasks you complete with finesse and accomplishment, and those that you simply finish to check off your To-Do list.

Here are a few ideas to add to your resolution list this year. As you peruse them, use these suggestions as guidelines for evaluating the aspects of your job as a recruiter and deciding which ones you already take pride in, and which you could stand to improve in.

1. Increase your hiring rate.

Perhaps you could improve the amount of students you hire into different positions. Efficient recruiters attract the largest applicant pool of students to a job opening so that employers can have lots of options to choose from, and more students can get hired.

Your job centers on finding employment for others. Does your hiring rate reflect what you want it to? Hiring more students does not necessarily mean you are a better recruiter. You could very well hone your skills to finding a moderate number of the very best students for certain positions. It all depends on your own take on your role as a recruiter.

2. Focus on job-student match-ups.

One of the most important aspects of recruiting is matching students to the right employment opportunity for them. If a job doesn’t fit a student’s skills or interests, the match-up will not have much benefit for the student or the employer.

So if you are already recruiting a good number of new employees, 2016 could be the year to shift your focus over to the process of finding the perfect job fit for each student.

3. Streamline applications.

Lengthy and monotonous application processes can often deter perfectly eligible students from applying to jobs or internships. In order to attract a pool of interested, capable, and diverse applicants, you could try implementing a new application that boils the process down to its most vital elements.

That doesn’t mean you have to make the application easier, just make it simpler, more straightforward, more convenient to access, anything you believe would allow a greater number of potential employees to apply.

4. Expand outreach.

Finally, employment outreach can often be outdated, implemented in the same basic way over and over again. In order to communicate job opportunities to more diverse groups of students, recruitment needs innovation and creativity.

Try incorporating new networks of campus organizations and people into your recruitment mechanism. This will allow your message and your employment opportunities to be heard by a more diverse selection of students.

Then, employers will be presented with a more varied applicant pool to give them greater options when hiring and make it easier to create a perfect job-student match.

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The New Year is a time to reflect on the past and create new goals for the future. So in this season of contemplation, think about your life, your career, your family and friends, and what you still hope to accomplish.

Thank the people who have gotten you to where you are, and tell those that you love how you feel. And reflect on the lives that you yourself have touched through your work and through your very existence.

Happy New Year!

By Emily Plummer

Uloop Writer
UC Berkeley
Hey, I'm Emily Plummer, a second year student at UC Berkeley, double majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies and History. Reading, writing, and travel give me life, and I'm excited to share my stories with you.

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