As the economy improves and hiring picks up, employment recruiters will be in the driver's seat once again. This is particularly true at Kennametal, a metalworking tools manufacturer, where there are currently five openings for recruiters.
But getting on the company's talent acquisition team is no easy feat. "The recruiter is typically the face of the company," says Kevin Walling, vice president and chief HR office. "Having a great recruiter is a key component of Kennametal's agenda."
"The most successful candidates are the ones that understand how the role is core and critical to our strategy," he says. "This is an expertise no different from engineering; the folks that apply science and art to the process are the ones that pique my interest."
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