Welcome to Recruiter Spotlight, where each month CareerBuilder recognizes recruiters who set themselves apart by going above and beyond to advance the field. Meet our featured professional this month: Janice Plattner, senior technical recruiter at Comforce, a staffing solutions provider. Her investment in building long-term relationships with candidates pays off in the end because it enables her to build a strong talent pool and find her ideal hire when the timing is right.
What makes you a unique recruiter among others with similar skills?
I’m responsible for sourcing, qualifying and selecting high-quality contract, contract-to-hire and direct-placement employees for small, mid-tier and large business customers. I have more than 15 years of professional recruiting experience and my success comes from my integrity, professionalism and vast knowledge of the aerospace industry.
Being an expert recruiter isn’t just about making a placement – it’s about making the right placement for both the employee and employer. Because of my investment in long-term relationships, I have an in-depth knowledge of my candidate’s needs as well as my client’s organization, needs and expectations. I understand my client’s business, their unique requirements for each position and I only send qualified, well-screened candidates for interviews. I understand the needs and requirements of not only the position, but also the needs and requirements of the applicants. Digging deeper, I will ask about some interesting projects candidates have worked on, what their most fun work experience was, or anything that takes them away from a generic cover letter and resume. I want experience, yes – but it’s also important to find a good creative and cultural fit.
How do you demonstrate passion for your work or your profession?
Network, network, network. Finding successful talent means I’m proactive in connecting with the talent pool. Putting the time in to build relationships is always worth it in the long run. Whether I’m casually meeting someone for coffee or attending a networking event, being active in my community is the best way to build connections that help me find my ideal hire when the time comes.
What are you doing to empower employment?
Forecasting the course of the U.S. economy is complex. Understanding what will determine whether 2014 brings economic growth and sustained improvement in employment or another recession calls for professionals like me to read data, stay on top of trends and network. My goal is to get people back to work and provide the kind of support to help people stay positive and move forward.
Tell us a story about a unique or special placement you made.
In general, there is nothing about identifying a candidate and getting them a job offer that requires any particular kind of magic. It involves the deep study of companies, products, markets, assessment and professions coupled with stamina to doggedly pursue the talents of other people. Using this process, I’m able to successfully place people on assignment consistently and within a relatively short time. I address any concerns that my clients have both during the recruiting phase and during the actual employment phase, and my communications with clients are always prompt and concise.
How do you use CareerBuilder in your recruiting strategy?
CareerBuilder’s innovative business strategy of developing and maintaining an ongoing pool of quality candidates sets the standards for quality and service. I am passionate about CareerBuilder because it opens doors and changes lives, providing exceptional talent to help me deliver employment strategies, solutions and resources to help my clients perform and grow.
CareerBuilder is a wonderful tool in the industry to find unique and talented candidates. Most of my recruiting success has been through CareerBuilder.
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