In today’s competitive job market, surviving as a recruiter in this cut-throat industry can be tough; especially when now more than ever before when there is a low supply of jobs that are in high demand.
But not all recruiters or recruiting companies are dishonest.
Take for example, recruiter Karl Klein who is trying to clean up the recruiting industry’s reputation. Karl refuses to get caught up in all the recruiting dishonesty. “Here at Sharp, recruiters aren’t like that. We respect one another. We all want to see each other succeed.” While other companies are pulling applicants out from one another,” Karl says, “here there is a mutual respect for the process,” which is hard to find at many other recruiting firms.
That respect is not only good for business but is helping Karl, who is still new to the recruiting game by industry standards, grow and succeed.
It is not hard to tell Karl apart in the office with his impenetrable long island accent and constant eagerness to ask questions and learn. Karl will try to really get to know who you are as a person and what you are trying to achieve out of your career. And even if he is short for time, if you need assistance or have a question, he will make time to help you.
That is because Karl truly feels a good recruiter is one who is there at all stages of the process. “A good recruiter is someone who listens well, who works hard at building relationships” he smiles, “a bad recruiter, hmmm, I would say someone who doesn’t listen.”
And so Karl everyday shows he is ready and willing to listen to anyone he is trying to help place in a job. He asks questions and tries to find the right person for every job he is placing for.
Karl first fell in love with recruiting when he worked for a firm in London, just over two years ago. He knew from there that his passion was in recruiting, and he was up for the challenge. He wanted to find a firm that matched up with his ideals and values, which is when he found himself at Sharp. He enjoyed being a part of a company that wanted to see him succeed. He enjoyed that the senior recruiters actually wanted to teach him, to see him grow.
And Karl recently has been able to pay forward what he has learned, in a trip to California where he helped train new junior recruiters joining Sharps Los Angeles team. Advice that he has to new recruiters, “just keep working and learning. Don’t stop making those cold-calls and get as involved as possible.”
In the next five years Karl sees himself managing and continuing to grow and thrive as a recruiter.