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Working As A Human Resources 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

  • $43,250

    Average Salary

What Does A Human Resources 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 Human Resources 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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Human Resources Recruiter Career Paths

Human Resources Recruiter
Recruiter Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Human Resources Business Partner Director Of Human Resources
Director Of Human Resources Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Corporate Recruiter Senior Technical Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Director Of Talent Acquisition
12 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Consultant Human Resources Business Partner Human Resources Manager
Director, Human Resources And Administration
9 Yearsyrs
Recruitment Manager Staffing Consultant Human Resources Generalist
Employee Relations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Consultant Senior Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Supervisor
Human Resources Administration Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Recruiting Coordinator Recruiter Human Resources Consultant
Human Resources Business Partner
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Chief Executive Officer Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Assistant Vice President Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Generalist/Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Senior Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Analyst Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Recruiter/Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Recruiter Recruitment Manager Staffing Consultant
Human Resources Staffing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Executive Recruiter
Recruitment Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Recruitment Manager Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Senior Director Human Resources
13 Yearsyrs
Recruitment Manager Operations Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Recruiting Coordinator Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Generalist
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Corporate Recruiter Senior Recruiter
Senior Talent Acquisition Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Senior Recruiter
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Recruiter 3.0 years
Field Recruiter 2.6 years
Nurse Recruiter 2.5 years
Recruiting Lead 2.4 years
Talent Recruiter 2.3 years
Regional Recruiter 2.3 years
Staffing Recruiter 2.1 years
Recruiter 2.1 years
College Recruiter 2.1 years
National Recruiter 1.9 years
Campus Recruiter 1.7 years
Source Recruiter 1.6 years
Staffing Associate 1.4 years
Junior Recruiter 1.3 years
Top Employers Before
Recruiter 10.6%
Internship 2.4%
Manager 2.2%
Top Employers After
Recruiter 15.9%
Manager 1.4%

Human Resources Recruiter Demographics

Gender

Female

73.5%

Male

24.4%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

76.8%

Hispanic or Latino

12.3%

Asian

8.3%

Unknown

2.0%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.6%

French

8.4%

Italian

3.6%

Hindi

3.4%

Portuguese

3.4%

German

3.1%

Mandarin

2.8%

Chinese

2.2%

Arabic

2.2%

Korean

1.7%

Urdu

1.7%

Cantonese

1.4%

Russian

1.1%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Bengali

0.8%

Swahili

0.6%

Marathi

0.6%

Gujarati

0.6%

Lingala

0.6%

Greek

0.6%
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Human Resources Recruiter Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

26.1%

Strayer University

6.9%

Ashford University

6.1%

Michigan State University

5.6%

Webster University

5.1%

American InterContinental University

4.9%

Liberty University

4.9%

University of Maryland - University College

4.4%

Capella University

4.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.6%

Temple University

3.0%

Cornell University

3.0%

Kaplan University

3.0%

Villanova University

2.9%

San Jose State University

2.9%

University of Houston

2.9%

Virginia Commonwealth University

2.7%

Texas A&M University

2.7%

University of South Florida

2.5%

Troy University

2.5%
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Majors

Business

32.3%

Human Resources Management

27.2%

Psychology

7.6%

Management

4.4%

Communication

4.4%

Marketing

2.7%

Criminal Justice

2.1%

Education

2.0%

Sociology

1.9%

Counseling Psychology

1.6%

Political Science

1.6%

Public Relations

1.6%

Health Care Administration

1.5%

English

1.4%

Accounting

1.4%

Liberal Arts

1.4%

General Studies

1.3%

Public Administration

1.2%

Law

1.1%

Nursing

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.8%

Masters

23.7%

Other

16.1%

Associate

6.1%

Certificate

4.5%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.3%
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Real Human Resources Recruiter Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Recruiter-Human Capital Oz Management New York, NY Nov 22, 2016 $177,091
Recruiter-Human Capital Oz Management, LP New York, NY Feb 19, 2016 $165,000
Human Resources Recruiter III Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Jun 06, 2016 $140,000
Human Resources Recruiter III Amazon Corporate LLC Los Angeles, CA Dec 21, 2015 $116,000
Human Resources Recruiter III Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Dec 11, 2015 $116,000
Human Resources-Recruitment & Compensation Speci YMHA & YWHA-92Nd Street Young Men's & Women's He New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $100,000
HR Recruiter and Benefits Specialist Globant, LLC San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2012 $70,000
Human Resources and Technical Recruiter Fulcrum Worldwide Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jul 01, 2015 $60,000
HR Recruiter Epace Technologies Inc. Irving, TX Aug 06, 2014 $60,000
HR Recruiter Epace Technologies Inc. Irving, TX Aug 12, 2014 $60,000
Human Resources Personnel Recruiter TRN Systems, Inc. Mount Laurel, NJ Oct 02, 2014 $60,000
HR/Recruiter Dice It Solutions, LLC North Brunswick, NJ Jul 14, 2015 $60,000
Human Resources and Technical Recruiter Fulcrum Logic, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jul 06, 2015 $60,000
HR Recruiter Dice It Solutions, LLC North Brunswick, NJ Jul 20, 2016 $57,500 -
$70,000
Human Resources Recruiter Usa/Canada Nemak Commercial Services, Inc. Southfield, MI Sep 23, 2016 $52,663
Human Resources Recruiter United Rentals, Inc. San Juan Capistrano, CA Apr 01, 2011 $51,000 -
$71,000
HR Recruiter/Analyst Target Labs, Incorporated Vienna, VA Mar 02, 2015 $50,003
Human Resources Recruiter/Specialist Browse Info Solutions, Inc. Cary, NC Jan 03, 2013 $49,130 -
$57,000
Human Resources Recruiter Maxonic, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 01, 2011 $48,314
HR Technical Recruiter Maven, Inc. McLean, VA Sep 18, 2013 $47,000
HR Technical Recruiter Nishcorp Inc. Pleasanton, CA Oct 01, 2009 $45,000
Human Resources Recruiter Telerx Marketing Inc. Horsham, PA Jan 08, 2016 $44,803
Region HR Recruiter United Rentals, Inc. Irvine, CA May 28, 2010 $44,140 -
$71,229
Human Resources Personnel Recruiter It Business Management Solutions, Inc. Edison, NJ Oct 01, 2014 $44,000
Recruiter-Huamn Resources Perkins School for The Blind Watertown Town, MA Apr 29, 2015 $42,000 -
$48,000
Recruiter-Human Resources Perkins School for The Blind Watertown Town, MA May 08, 2015 $42,000 -
$48,000
Human Resources Personnel Recruiter TRN Systems, Inc. Mount Laurel, NJ Oct 02, 2014 $41,621
HR Recruiter System Soft Technologies LLC Tampa, FL Sep 18, 2014 $41,500

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Top Skills for A Human Resources Recruiter

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Top Human Resources Recruiter Skills

  1. Criminal Background Checks
  2. Job Fairs
  3. Payroll
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked closely with vendors to conduct criminal background checks, verify education and references.
  • Organized company only job fairs to include over 35 departments resulting in over 90 hires per job fair.
  • Assisted with the coordination and implementation of salary administration and payroll.
  • Provided consultation and assistance during the recruitment process.
  • Posted open positions to various websites.

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