When I first graduated with an accounting degree, I was frequently asked, “Why do you want to be a recruiter?” After all, most accounting students become…accountants. But I wanted to find an opportunity to combine my educational background with my entrepreneurial spirit. Recruiting allowed me to speak “accounting” with candidates and clients, while simultaneously developing human relationships. I consider myself a connector, and I take pride in my position of “catalyst” and my central role as the bridge between clients and candidates.

The ability to listen is the most important skill you need for becoming a recruiter. Understanding the goals of your candidates and your clients requires you to listen carefully and ask the right questions. Also, don’t underestimate the power of flexibility. Understand that not everyone’s goals fit into your agenda. As recruiters, our agenda falls to the backburner. Our commitment always stands with servicing our clients and candidates to the best of our ability.

What is the best part of a career in recruiting? I enjoy the ability to make a tangible difference in someone’s career. Recruiters should also be known as career counselors. Candidates don’t always recognize the right decision they should make to accelerate their careers. It’s our responsibility to advise them to succeed. Never underestimate the joy you gain from seeing a candidate’s career flourish.

I’ve found this career both personally and professionally rewarding and look forward to continuing to learn and grow within recruiting.

Why do you want to become a recruiter? Share your thoughts in the comments below.