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Become A College Recruiter

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Working As A College Recruiter

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Staffing Organizational Units
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $58,350

    Average Salary

What Does A College Recruiter Do

Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle tasks related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.

Duties

Human resources specialists typically do the following:

  • Consult with employers to identify employment needs
  • Interview applicants about their experience, education, and skills
  • Contact references and perform background checks on job applicants
  • Inform applicants about job details, such as duties, benefits, and working conditions
  • Hire or refer qualified candidates for employers
  • Conduct or help with new employee orientation
  • Keep employment records and process paperwork

Human resources specialists are often trained in all human resources disciplines and perform tasks throughout all areas of the department. In addition to recruiting and placing workers, human resources specialists help guide employees through all human resources procedures and answer questions about policies. They sometimes administer benefits, process payroll, and handle any associated questions or problems, although many specialists may focus more on strategic planning and hiring instead of administrative duties. They also ensure that all human resources functions comply with federal, state, and local regulations. 

The following are examples of types of human resources specialists:

Human resources generalists handle all aspects of human resources work. They may have duties in all areas of human resources including recruitment, employee relations, compensation, benefits, training, as well as the administration of human resources policies, procedures, and programs. 

Placement specialists match employers with qualified jobseekers. They search for candidates who have the skills, education, and work experience needed for jobs, and they try to place those candidates with employers. They also may help set up interviews.

Recruitment specialists, sometimes known as personnel recruiters or head hunters,” find, screen, and interview applicants for job openings in an organization. They search for applicants by posting listings, attending job fairs, and visiting college campuses. They also may test applicants, contact references, and extend job offers.

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How To Become A College Recruiter

Human resources specialists must usually have a bachelor’s degree.

Education

Applicants seeking positions as a human resources specialist must usually have a bachelor’s degree in human resources, business, or a related field.

Coursework typically includes business, industrial relations, psychology, professional writing, human resource management, and accounting.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Some positions, particularly human resources generalists, may require previous work experience. Candidates can gain experience as human resources assistants, in customer service positions, or in other related jobs.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Many professional associations that specialize in human resources offer courses intended to enhance the skills of their members, and some offer certification programs. For example, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) offers the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

Although certification is usually voluntary, some employers may prefer or require it. Human resources generalists, in particular, can benefit from certification because it shows knowledge and professional competence across all human resources areas. 

Advancement

Human resources specialists who possess a thorough knowledge of their organization, as well as an understanding of regulatory compliance needs, can advance to become human resources managers. Specialists can increase their chance of advancement by completing voluntary certification programs.

Important Qualities

Decisionmaking skills. Human resources specialists use decisionmaking skills when reviewing candidates’ qualifications or when working to resolve disputes.  

Detail oriented. Specialists must be detail oriented when evaluating applicants’ qualifications, performing background checks, maintaining records of an employee grievance, and ensuring that a workplace is in compliance with labor standards. 

Interpersonal skills. Specialists continually interact with new people and must be able to converse and connect with people from different backgrounds. 

Listening skills. Listening skills are essential for human resources specialists. When interviewing job applicants, for example, specialists must pay careful attention to candidates’ responses, understand the points they are making, and ask relevant followup questions. 

Speaking skills. All specialists need strong speaking skills to be effective at their job. They often give presentations and must be able to clearly convey information about their organizations and jobs within them.

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College Recruiter Career Paths

College Recruiter
Senior Recruiter Human Resources Business Partner Human Resources Manager
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Assistant Vice President Human Resources Coordinator
Benefits Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Recruitment Manager Recruitment Director Director Of Admissions
Campus Director
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Service Director Nursing Director
Career Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Specialist Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Recruiter Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Director Of Talent Acquisition
12 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Recruiter Corporate Recruiter
Employment Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Property Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Recruiter/Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Human Resources Coordinator Staffing Consultant
Human Resources Staffing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Recruitment Manager Staffing Consultant Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Team Leader
5 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Human Resources Manager
Organizational Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Executive Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Recruitment Director
7 Yearsyrs
Corporate Recruiter Senior Technical Recruiter
Recruitment Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Recruiter Account Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Administrator
6 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Operations Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Senior Technical Recruiter
Senior Recruiter
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Human Resources Generalist Senior Recruiter
Senior Talent Acquisition Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Recruitment Manager Staffing Consultant
Staffing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Corporate Recruiter Senior Recruiter
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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College Recruiter Demographics

Gender

Female

56.4%

Male

41.0%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

79.1%

Hispanic or Latino

11.5%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

1.2%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.3%

French

13.3%

Chinese

6.7%

Filipino

6.7%

Czech

6.7%

Cantonese

6.7%

Mandarin

6.7%
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College Recruiter Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.9%

Strayer University

7.8%

Texas Tech University

6.3%

Loyola Marymount University

6.3%

Duke University

6.3%

Troy University

4.7%

Western Carolina University

4.7%

Georgia State University

4.7%

Baylor University

4.7%

DePaul University

4.7%

Oakland University

4.7%

University of Utah

4.7%

Howard University

4.7%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

4.7%

Grand Canyon University

4.7%

Central Washington University

3.1%

Syracuse University

3.1%

University of Connecticut

3.1%

University of Florida

3.1%

University of Maryland - University College

3.1%
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Majors

Business

29.4%

Human Resources Management

12.9%

Management

8.1%

Communication

6.0%

Marketing

5.2%

Psychology

4.8%

Education

3.6%

Educational Leadership

3.2%

Counseling Psychology

3.2%

Elementary Education

2.4%

English

2.4%

Criminal Justice

2.4%

Public Relations

2.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.4%

Kinesiology

2.0%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

Political Science

2.0%

Theology

2.0%

Social Work

1.6%

Legal Support Services

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.7%

Masters

30.3%

Other

9.9%

Associate

4.4%

Certificate

2.3%

Doctorate

2.1%

Diploma

0.3%
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Top Skills for A College Recruiter

CareerFairsCollegesFinancialAidLocalHighSchoolsInternProgramDiverseCandidatesInfoSessionsHRJobFairsTelephoneBackgroundChecksRecruitmentStrategyRecruitmentEffortsCustomerServiceFullLife-CycleOpenHousesInterviewProcessRecruitmentProcessEnrollmentProcessOrientationProgram

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  1. Career Fairs
  2. Colleges
  3. Financial Aid
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  • Established travel arrangements for career fairs on the east coast recruitment of interested students in the profession of the Chiropractic medicine.
  • Designed and delivered recruiting presentation to National Association of Colleges and Employers.
  • Facilitated financial aid and admission application workshops for incoming students.
  • Provided consultative support to senior level executives and other Associate and Intern Program stakeholders regarding college recruiting trends.
  • Coordinated College info sessions with department chairs and deans.

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