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Recruitment expert Darrell Clack discusses why building a personal brand in recruitment is a necessity [+3 effective tips]

“A strong personal brand gives you a recognizable face, name, presence, and voice that potential candidates and clients can easily identify.“

Darrell Clack
Tech & Aerospace Recruiter
Darrell Clack on building a personal brand in recruitment

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Every recruiter is a marketer.

It’s just that we often don’t realize what we do is marketing.

Each interaction, whether discussing job opportunities, offering career advice, or networking to source candidates and clients, is a form of marketing. 

Among all these activities, we forget one major task- marketing ourselves and building our personal brand.

Personal branding can be incredibly helpful for recruiters mainly because- people trust people.

But there is so much more to this term.

Let’s take a look at how it can help you make an impact in the recruitment industry.

Why is a personal brand important in recruitment? 3 big reasons

1. Builds credibility & trust

Trust is the foundation of any relationship. And this is no different in recruitment.

Your personal brand will help you build credibility in the eyes of both candidates and clients.

You demonstrate your expertise and commitment to the industry when you share insightful and relevant content. 

This approach helps candidates see you as a trusted advisor in their career journey. 

A well-established personal brand is also a valuable asset for your recruitment agency. 

It reflects positively on the organization and enhances its ability to attract top talent. 

2. Amplifies opportunities to network

Often referred to as “professional networkers,” we recruiters spend a significant portion of our time engaging in conversations and building connections. 

In our world, timing is everything. 

I remember when I encountered an ideal candidate looking for a job, but the right opportunity for him was not immediately available. 

This is where I realized networking can be an invaluable asset.  

Cultivating and maintaining a strong network of professionals is essential for any successful recruiter.

You can always rely on your network because they will stay with you throughout your career, no matter where you work. 

It serves as a pool of skilled professionals you can reach out to for filling job openings now and in the future.

3. Helps you stand out in the market

Today, when candidates are bombarded with information, it is important that you stand out in the crowded market.

This is where a strong personal brand can give you a recognizable face, name, presence, and voice that potential candidates and clients can easily identify. 

Recognition plays a key role here. 

A well-established personal brand ensures that your outreach efforts don’t just blend into the background. 

Instead, your messages are more likely to catch a candidate’s eye, your cold calls are more likely to be returned, and your name and face become keys that open new doors. 

After all, you do want to be memorable and visible. 

Also read: Serial recruitment entrepreneur Brianna Rooney on why cold calling is the new “Door-to-door” sales

How can recruiters build their personal brand? 3 essential tips

1. Network, network, & network

Porter Gale was right when she said, “Your network is your net worth.”

But how do you build your network?

There are numerous LinkedIn groups for recruiters. Join these communities where professionals from the staffing industry gather and share their insights.

Participate in discussions, share your insights, and connect with others. 

Also, take out time to attend recruiting conferences, webinars, and events.

Networking will help you establish your presence and authority in your field.

2. Share authentic content

Remember, personal branding is all about authenticity. 

Speak and write in a way that’s true to you. This will build trust with your audience and encourage engagement. 

Your brand should reflect your opinions, values, and advice. 

Create content that resonates with your audience. This could be in the form of articles, videos, podcasts, or quizzes. 

Think about the advice you give candidates daily and turn these insights into content. 

Share your knowledge on changes in the interview process, handling counter-offers, or returning to work after a break.

These may be small pieces of content, but they will make an impact in the long run.

3. Engage & encourage interactions

Engagement is a two-way street. 

Respond to comments on your posts, engage with content shared by others, and encourage interactions. 

Ask questions and create content that invites discussion. 

Active engagement enhances your visibility and builds meaningful connections within your professional network.

You might also like: Cyndy Trivella shares 4 rules of candidate engagement every recruiter MUST follow

Finally, building your personal brand in the recruitment industry is a journey that demands both patience and consistency. 

It’s not an overnight process but a strategic cultivation of your professional identity. 

Good luck, recruiters!

Author

Darrell Clack

With a network of over 44,000 professionals, Darrell Clack has seen firsthand the power of building a community by sharing his voice.

Darrell works in aerospace, where he serves as a full-cycle recruiter. In this role, Darrell works with 15-20 managers and VPs at any given time across multiple locations, supporting technical and engineering recruitment.

Prior to this, Darrell was in tech, specifically at the start-up level, scaling go-to-market and working with software teams across all levels and functions.

He is recognized by LinkedIn as a “Top Voice” in recruitment and is a constant advocate for those wanting to break into tech and aerospace.

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