What are the recruiting traits you would consider as the most important to a successful recruiting career?  RecruitingDaily.com came up with our Top 10.  How does your list compare?

10. Upbeat/Motivated – The successful recruiter is not only motivated but also sounds upbeat and creates enthusiasm for what they are working on.  An upbeat voice makes everything sound better!

9. Aggressive on the phones – Willingness to pick up the phone, make calls, and ask the tough questions is still the sure trait of successful recruiters.  Many don’t do this enough and your aggressiveness here will put you ahead of the game.

8. Proactive – Taking action quickly and affecting a situation has always delivered results.  Be ahead of the curve, not behind it, and you will be ahead of the competition.

7. Thick Skinned – We are going to hear a lot of no’s, bad news, and negatives.  If you can brush it off fast and move on, you will be the one that making the next placement.

6. Honest/trustworthy – Our clients and candidates hand over some control of their careers to the recruiter who is many times a complete stranger.  What an awesome trust!  Successful recruiters earn it.  When you do, you will be a vital resource for years.  And your word of mouth referrals will increase rapidly.

5.  Positive attitude – This sounds a lot like #10, but is different.  A positive attitude is confidence that even though the task is difficult, you will get it done.  Somehow, someway, you will take actions that will make the outcome work.  Belief in your self is the first key to any success.

4. Creative – Not every situation has a simple solution.  Sometimes we need to remember that being creative can help our clients and candidates.  It can also help them do the same.  Be the one thinking of ways to make it happen.  Help your clients and candidates see what other ways they can make a situation work for everyone.

3. Organized – We get phone calls, voice messages, tons of emails, and now texts and instant messages.  We have blogs, job boards, and RSS feeds, electronic and written notes.  Organizing it all so that you can complete the most important tasks is the key to being and remaining successful.  Simplify where you can, and organize your time, desk, and life.

2. Persistent – Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.  Simply put, you must find a way every day to work toward your goals.  Knowing when to walk away is important also.  But do not stop until you have tried everything you can.  If you don’t find a way, find someone that can help.

1. Responsive – The early bird gets the worm.  When you get an email or phone message and return it quickly you can hear/see the positive reaction on the other end.  Be easy to reach and communicate with if you expect the same in return.  Our clients and candidates have little time as it is.  If you can get them quick information when they need it, you will be an asset.  Sometimes a quick note can do wonders!

We are certain that there are more traits that could be listed.  Please share with everyone what you think should be or not be included. Also, what are the traits of an unsuccessful recruiter?

By Noel Cocca

CEO/Founder RecruitingDaily and avid skier, coach and avid father of two trying to keep up with my altruistic wife. Producing at the sweet spot talent acquisition to create great content for the living breathing human beings in recruiting and hiring. I try to ease the biggest to smallest problems from start-ups to enterprise. Founder of RecruitingDaily and our merry band of rabble-rousers.