New Year’s resolutions are one of the best parts of the transition from one year to the next. They provide us with an opportunity to assess ourselves, determine what we would like to improve, and commit to making things better. To help you and your fellow recruiters have an even better year than the last here are seven resolutions you can consider.

1. Never Spam Candidates

We hammer on this all the time, but it’s a message that bears repeating: spam almost always does more harm than good when it comes to recruiting top talent. It hurts your brand, alienates candidates, and gives other recruiters a bad name. Don’t be a spammer!

2. Focus on Relationship Building First

As a recruiter, you have jobs to fill and quotas to meet. This can make it tempting to view candidates as numbers and simply jump from person to person only focusing on vacancies they can fill. We recommend changing this approach and focusing first on building relationships with candidates. While this may initially take more time, you’ll find that the connections you have with people will be stronger, which in the long run will help you fill more positions with better candidates.

3. Do More to Keep Hiring Managers in the Loop

A happy hiring manager makes your life much easier. One of the best ways to do this is to simply take the time to keep them up to date on where you are at in the recruiting process. This can be done with weekly email updates, regular sit-downs, or even sharing your talent pipeline with them (which Hello Talent is great for BTW). By keeping everyone informed they won’t be as frustrated when things slow down, and they’ll be much more satisfied with the results you deliver.

4. Don’t Rely Exclusively On LinkedIn

Experienced recruiters already know this well, but those who are new to the profession need to make sure they are searching for candidates on other networks. This is not to say LinkedIn isn’t a great tool, it is, but treating it as the only source will prevent you from finding and hiring some great talent. Use LinkedIn as just one of your many tools for recruiting and you’ll probably get better results.

Experienced recruiters already know this well, but those who are new to the profession need to make sure they are searching for candidates on other networks. This is not to say LinkedIn isn’t a great tool, it is, but treating it as the only source will prevent you from finding and hiring some great talent. Use LinkedIn as just one of your many tools for recruiting and you’ll probably get better results.

5. Start Pipelining

Rather than dart from one vacancy to the next try forecasting what jobs you will need to fill down the road and start finding and adding profiles to you hiring pipeline. You don’t necessarily have to contact everyone you have in your pipeline, but by taking the time to build a list of eligible candidates you’ll save yourself time when you finally have to move to fill a vacancy.

Rather than dart from one vacancy to the next try forecasting what jobs you will need to fill down the road and start finding and adding profiles to you hiring pipeline. You don’t necessarily have to contact everyone you have in your pipeline, but by taking the time to build a list of eligible candidates you’ll save yourself time when you finally have to move to fill a vacancy.

6. Read Sourcing and Recruiting Blogs Regularly

Stay up to date on the latest industry trends, developments, and innovations by reading from blogs and websites. Last year we put this list of great blogs together for you to check out. We also highly recommend the blogs of Katrina Collier, Kasia Borowicz, and Billy McDiarmid.

7. Use Multiple Social Networks to Review Candidates

When you’ve found a candidate online try to find them on at least one additional website or social network. This will give you better insights into who they are and how you can best approach them.

8. Shameless Plug – Use Hello Talent!

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