Recruiter Job Description

Recruiters often work in human resources departments, where they specialize in recruiting, screening, interviewing, and placing workers.

Recruiters use many different methods to recruit applicants for a job opening. They often post their job openings online to get the word out about their open positions, but recruiters can’t just sit back and hope that the perfect candidate sees a job listing and sends in their resume. In many cases, the most qualified candidates aren’t actively seeking employment, so recruiters have to bring the openings to their attention.

Recruiters often use their personal and professional networks to help find candidates for a position. They will ask friends, colleagues, and family members if they know of anyone who would be interested and qualified for a particular position.

Recruiters may also use services like LinkedIn and Indeed resume search to search for qualified people in their area. When they find a potential candidate, recruiters reach out through email or phone to see if the candidate is interested in the position.

When a recruiter needs to fill many similar positions at the same time, they may attend career fairs or make visits to colleges and universities to raise awareness for their company and recruit potential applicants.

In small companies who aren’t always hiring, recruiters may perform many general human resources functions as well. For example, they may help employees with benefits, assist with payroll, and answer questions about company policies. In larger companies, it’s rare for recruiters to have those responsibilities.

Because they work with people all the time and act as representatives of the companies they represent, recruiters need to work very well with others. If you enjoy working with people, then this could be a great career choice for you.

Work Environment and Schedule

Some recruiters work in house, meaning that they try to fill positions for the company they work for. Others work for employment agencies that are hired by businesses to help them recruit employees.

Employment agencies fill an important need for a lot of businesses, particularly those who don’t hire new employees often enough to have their own human resources department. Working for en employment agency can be challenging, and sometimes stressful. Clients want their positions to be filled quickly, but also only want to talk to qualified applicants (which can take time to find). Recruiters in these environments have to balance both sides to keep their clients happy.

Recruiters spend most of their time working an office environment, but some spend a lot of their time traveling to college campuses and career fairs. Additionally, some recruiters plan and promote industry events so they can meet and network with potential candidates.

Most recruiters work full time, and are normally able to keep a fairly regular working schedule. However, working longer hours may be required when trying to fill a particularly important position, or in cases where a company is expanding and needs to hire many employees at the same time.

How to Become a Recruiter

A minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required for most entry level recruiter jobs, but the type of degree required varies depending on the position and the employer. In some cases, extensive work experience can replace the need for a college degree (though getting that extensive work experience without one can be challenging).

Recruiters come from many different academic backgrounds, but some employers have specific requirements. For instance, an accounting firm may prefer to hire candidates who majored in business or economics, while a tech company may prefer to hire a candidate with a technical background.

In some cases, a master’s degree may be required to advance to senior levels within a human resources department.

Employment Outlook

There are currently 442,200 recruiters in the United States, with 16,530 new recruiter job openings created each year.

Recruiter jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.

Recruiter Salaries

Overall Salaries

Recruiter salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most recruiters make between $40,000 – $73,500 per year, or $19.21 – $35.33 per hour.

Updated: 09/02/2017

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