*Secondary Locations in Davenport, IA; Columbus, OH; Washington, DC; Tampa, FL; Minneapolis, MN; Raleigh, NC.
In my role as corporate recruiter with ICONMA, my responsibilities include sourcing and recruiting talent for our internal corporate positions. These positions are mainly within the Human Resources, Onboarding, Recruitment and Account Management space.
I start my day as a corporate recruiter by checking my email, as well as the applicant tracking system, for applicants that have applied to the open positions that I have posted. I will then review these applicants’ resumes to see if they meet the qualifications for the positions in which they have applied for. I will reach out to the qualified candidates and schedule phone screens. I also ensure that all open positions are posted on all applicable job boards.
Next, I begin sourcing talent via our Applicant Tracking System, LinkedIn Recruiter, CareerBuilder, Monster and/or Indeed. I search for candidates that have the background/experience that we are seeking for each open position. I do this by utilizing key-word searches and Boolean search strings within the above-mentioned job boards/databases. Once I find qualified candidates, I will reach out to them via phone and/or email.
On any given day, I may have anywhere from 3 – 9 phone screens scheduled with candidates. While screening these candidates, I will first tell them a bit about ICONMA and about the opportunity of interest. During the phone screen, I ask them to walk me through their resume. The key points that I am listening for are the following: Type of companies they have worked for in the past, what positions they have held, what their day-to-day responsibilities entailed, what they have accomplished/achieved in each role, and why they are looking to transition to a new company. After screening is complete, I will send a profile of the qualified candidate(s) to the hiring manager. I choose candidates based on skill-set, experience, personality, career goals, etc.
If the hiring manager is interested in moving forward with a candidate, I will coordinate a time for the hiring manager and candidate to meet via Zoom. If the hiring manager decides to move forward with a candidate, I will gather professional references from the candidate and contact them. In some instances, candidates will go through an additional interview and/or assessment with another member of the team before I extend an offer.
If all goes well, I will extend an offer to the candidate! If they accept the position, they become an ICONMA employee! This is definitely one of the most rewarding feelings and is why I have been in recruitment for almost a decade.
What I Love about my Job:
I absolutely love my job! I love the fact that I’m making a difference in peoples’ lives by matching them up with amazing opportunities here at ICONMA.
As a recruiter, I’m literally changing peoples’ lives by offering them a job opportunity with an exceptional company! Often times, people are searching for a new position to obtain a better work/life balance, advance their skillset and growth trajectory within their career, increase their salary, work closer to home and/or remotely, etc.
Another strong perk to being a Recruiter is that no two days are alike.
I never feel bored in my role, ever! Each and every candidate is unique, and so is their career journey.
ICONMA is a wonderful company! The managers are supportive, helpful, encouraging and provide a wealth of knowledge to their team. Work/life balance is strongly supported and emphasized. My fellow agency Recruiters know that this isn’t always the case, as I was used to working 10–12-hour days prior to joining ICONMA! The management team also trusts and invests in the people that they hire. ICONMA fosters a sense of autonomy, while still providing a team-work environment.
Advice for Job Seekers
As a seasoned recruiter that speaks with candidates all day, every day, my first piece of advice is to tailor your resume to the specific job that you are applying for. Review the job description and add any of the mentioned responsibilities/duties that you have done in your past role(s) to your resume. Also, add any related skills, certifications, or qualifications that you possess to your resume.
My second piece of advice is to do your research. Familiarize yourself with the company and the people that are interviewing you. Prior to a scheduled phone screen/interview, review the company’s website and LinkedIn page. Learn about the company including what exactly they do and what their mission is. In addition, check out the LinkedIn profiles of the person/people that you are meeting with. Again, thoroughly review the job description, so that you can speak about your experience as it relates to the particular job of interest. Preparation is key!
An additional tip to job seekers is to ask questions! When being interviewed by a recruiter/hiring manager always come prepared to ask 1-3 follow-up questions at the end of the interview. These questions can be centered around the company, the position itself, expectations of the person hired for the role or even about the recruiter/hiring manager themselves! Asking intelligent questions shows that you are truly interested in an opportunity.
December 16, 2022