Remote recruiters are becoming more prevalent as most of today’s recruiting can be done via the Internet. According to an Upwork survey, 40.7 million American professionals will be fully remote in the next five years. And from what the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us, working from home has given recruiters the flexibility that they want.
But whether you are working remotely due to restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic or by design, here is what a typical day in the life of a remote IT recruiter looks like:
Morning preps vary for every person. Some get ready by taking a walk or running in the neighborhood, while others prefer yoga or some stretching activities at home. After that comes a quick shower, breakfast, and getting dressed for work. Then, the day begins by powering up the work laptop or computer.
Pallavi Bhujbal, Akraya’s senior technical recruiter shared her routine:
“I usually wake up 2-3 hours before my shift and have my breakfast with my husband. I take my shower and get dressed. Trust me, getting changed into work clothes instantly adjusts my mood.”
Work, work, work
Work begins by managing the day’s work calendar. First, check emails and all open or pending requisitions from hiring managers, colleagues, and candidates. Then, search all inbound resumes from job postings, and follow up with all candidates who may be a fit. Active and passive sourcing can be done by leveraging different recruiting platforms such as LinkedIn, Google, Facebook, your internal database and even referrals.
Another Senior Technical Recruiter at Akraya, Keith Pereira, expressed his typical day working remotely:
“I like to function linearly as much as I can, which means, I organize and complete one category of tasks at a time and move on.
I utilize my time in between to catch up on emails that I must have received from the previous day, reconfirming with candidates any appointments that I might have fixed for them with our Account Managers or clients, sending mass emails, and reaching out to vendors. I like sipping on my coffee while I do this.”
Keith and Pallavi both mentioned that they used LinkedIn, their internal database, and other job portals for their sourcing.
Keith said, “During all of this, I do tend to spend a lot of time on LinkedIn, primarily for sourcing, and at times, I take a break from my regular task when I come across something interesting to read that is related to recruitment.”
Pallavi added, “My sourcing routine usually starts with going through the job description shared by the client. Then, I do my research on the technology, skill sets, markets, compensations, and target companies. After that, I start scanning for the right candidate using our internal database, as we have our own talent pipeline. I also connect with a lot of possible candidates through LinkedIn or other job portals.”
Other equally important tasks include resume viewing, conducting technical phone screens, scheduling interviews, preparing candidates for interviews, collaborating with hiring managers, and finally extending offers. Sometimes, remote Technical Recruiters even do the onboarding when a candidate is hired.
Each day varies in responsibilities but that is mostly the routine of a remote Technical Recruiter. And of course, do not forget to take that much-needed break!
Keith commented, “It is very normal to feel saturated while working from home because all you do is look at your laptop and work, which can cause fatigue. I often try to accommodate a break at such times to have a meal which helps refresh my mind.”
Pallavi, who works the night shift, said, “I take my dinner break usually between 12AM to 1AM, and at the same time I watch TV (news/movies) to entertain myself. If I feel bored, I call my night shift friends to stay connected with them, because you can’t call your family in the night.”
Since the entirety of the hiring process is unpredictable and uncontrollable by the recruiter, the key here is consistency. Just put the same effort every day regardless of what else is happening.
Both Keith and Pallavi expressed their thoughts on working remotely.
Keith said, “I have a preference towards remote working because it helps me concentrate better and work in continuity, as there is minimum distractions. Besides, it helps me save a lot of time that would otherwise be spent travelling. I am not physically exhausted after work either, which means, I find time and the will to do light workouts after my shift, and it also spares me with some time to do what I enjoy – playing the keyboard or guitar or just plugging in my earphones and listening to some classic rock music.”
Pallavi, who loves going to the office, shared her optimism, “I know remote working is not, and has not, always been easy. But by following my daily routine, keeping in touch with my colleagues, and continuing with my work.”Looking for a new and exciting opportunity as a Technical Recruiter? Join the Akraya team.
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