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Working As A Professional 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

  • $56,742

    Average Salary

What Does A Professional 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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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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Professional Recruiter Career Paths

Professional Recruiter
Talent Acquisition Manager Procurement Agent Staffing Consultant
Client Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Senior Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Corporate Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Director Of Human Resources Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Director Of Talent Acquisition
11 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Office Manager Human Resources Generalist
Employee Relations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Executive Recruiter Business Development Manager Recruitment Manager
Employment Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Administration Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Business Owner Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Recruiter Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Generalist/Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Recruiter Staffing Consultant Recruiter
Human Resources Recruiter/Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Talent Acquisition Manager Source Recruiter Staffing Consultant
Onsite Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Executive Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Recruitment Director
7 Yearsyrs
Corporate Recruiter Senior Technical Recruiter
Recruitment Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Human Resources Business Partner Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Corporate Recruiter Recruitment Manager Human Resources Consultant
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Senior Recruiter Talent Acquisition Manager
Senior Talent Acquisition Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Operations Manager Branch Manager
Staffing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Senior Recruiter
Talent Acquisition Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Executive Recruiter Human Resources Manager
Talent Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Recruiter 3.0 years
Field Recruiter 2.6 years
Recruiting Lead 2.4 years
Regional Recruiter 2.3 years
Talent Recruiter 2.3 years
Recruiter 2.1 years
Staffing Recruiter 2.0 years
National Recruiter 1.9 years
Source Recruiter 1.5 years
Junior Recruiter 1.3 years
Top Careers Before Professional Recruiter
Recruiter 19.2%
Internship 4.9%
Manager 3.3%
Top Careers After Professional Recruiter
Recruiter 17.8%
Consultant 2.4%

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Professional Recruiter Demographics

Gender

Female

57.3%

Male

41.6%

Unknown

1.1%
Ethnicity

White

63.6%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

73.9%

Swedish

4.3%

Chinese

4.3%

Finnish

4.3%

French

4.3%

Cheyenne

4.3%

Mandarin

4.3%
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Professional Recruiter Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.0%

University of Central Florida

6.4%

Ohio University -

5.5%

Webster University

5.5%

Texas A&M University

5.5%

Grand Valley State University

5.5%

University of Houston

5.5%

Georgia Southern University

5.5%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.5%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

4.6%

Eastern Michigan University

4.6%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

4.6%

Northern Illinois University

4.6%

Villanova University

3.7%

University of Toledo

3.7%

Michigan State University

3.7%

Auburn University

3.7%

University of Central Oklahoma

3.7%

West Virginia University

3.7%

James Madison University

3.7%
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Majors

Business

30.1%

Human Resources Management

14.3%

Communication

8.4%

Psychology

7.0%

Management

6.7%

Marketing

4.7%

Public Relations

3.5%

Political Science

2.7%

Finance

2.7%

Criminal Justice

2.5%

English

2.2%

Kinesiology

1.8%

Education

1.8%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

Public Administration

1.8%

Nursing

1.6%

Law

1.6%

Counseling Psychology

1.6%

Accounting

1.6%

General Studies

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

58.8%

Masters

18.8%

Other

12.8%

Associate

5.2%

Certificate

2.2%

Doctorate

1.8%

Diploma

0.4%
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Real Professional Recruiter Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of International Professional Recruitment U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc. Carson, CA Mar 09, 2011 $120,702
Director of International Professional Recruitment U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc. Carson, CA Dec 09, 2010 $120,702
Director of International Professional Recruitment U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc. Carson, CA Mar 11, 2010 $115,000
Permanent Professionals Recruiter Techlink Systems, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 16, 2013 $60,000
Permanent Professionals Recruiter Techlink Systems, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2012 $60,000
Legal Recruiting & Professional Development Coordi White & Case LLP Washington, DC Sep 07, 2011 $53,900 -
$88,800
Professional Recruiter ACRO Service Corporation Livonia, MI Oct 08, 2010 $50,000
Clinical Professionals Recruiter Planet Pharma LLC Western Springs, IL Sep 16, 2016 $48,312
Recruiter-Healthcare Professional Gs Integrated Healthcare Systems, LLC Las Vegas, NV May 01, 2011 $45,000
Recruiter-Healthcare Professionals Gs Integrated Healthcare Systems, LLC Las Vegas, NV Apr 01, 2011 $45,000
Professional Recruiter ACRO Service Corporation Livonia, MI Sep 27, 2012 $36,000

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Top Skills for A Professional Recruiter

  1. Recruitment Process
  2. Human Resources
  3. Potential Candidates
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  • Guide candidates through recruitment process and maintained relationships throughout and afterward.
  • Developed relationships with hiring managers, human resources professionals, and highly qualified candidates in the engineering and manufacturing sector.
  • Provide accurate and thorough documentation on potential candidates and contract employees in applicant tracking system
  • Performed appropriate background checks on applicants being seriously considered for a specific position.
  • Market and promote ANTHC at job fairs, national conferences, and with other institutions, universities, and professional organizations.

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