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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

  • $53,000

    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
Technical Recruiter Senior Technical Recruiter Senior Recruiter
Recruitment Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Recruiter Recruitment Manager Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Recruiter Senior Recruiter
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Regional Director, Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Consultant
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Recruitment Manager
Recruitment Director
6 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Account Manager Recruitment Manager
Senior Manager-Recruitment
8 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Office Manager Director Of Human Resources
Director Of Talent Acquisition
11 Yearsyrs
Corporate Recruiter Senior Technical Recruiter
Staffing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Corporate Recruiter Senior Technical Recruiter Talent Acquisition Manager
Senior Talent Acquisition Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Corporate Recruiter Human Resources Consultant
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Recruiter Human Resources Consultant
Employment Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Recruiter Human Resources Business Partner
Head Of Human Resources
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Recruiter Staffing Manager
Talent Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Executive Recruiter Staffing Manager
Onsite Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Admissions Representative Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Administrator
6 Yearsyrs
Executive Recruiter Talent Acquisition Consultant Staffing Manager
Manager, Recruitment Operations
6 Yearsyrs
Executive Recruiter Talent Acquisition Consultant
Corporate Recruiting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Recruiter 3.0 years
Field Recruiter 2.6 years
Regional Recruiter 2.3 years
Recruiter 2.1 years
Talent Recruiter 2.0 years
Staffing Recruiter 2.0 years
Source Recruiter 1.6 years
Junior Recruiter 1.2 years
Top Careers Before Professional Recruiter
Recruiter 19.2%
Internship 5.4%
Manager 3.2%
Top Careers After Professional Recruiter
Recruiter 19.5%
Consultant 2.6%
Manager 2.1%

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Professional Recruiter Demographics

Gender

Female

51.2%

Male

38.3%

Unknown

10.5%
Ethnicity

White

63.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.4%

Chinese

5.1%

German

5.1%

Bosnian

5.1%

Serbian

5.1%

Croatian

5.1%

Swedish

2.6%

Finnish

2.6%

Vietnamese

2.6%

French

2.6%

Cheyenne

2.6%

Mandarin

2.6%

Italian

2.6%
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Professional Recruiter Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.6%

University of Central Florida

5.7%

Ohio University -

5.2%

Arizona State University

5.2%

Texas State University

5.2%

Texas A&M University

4.7%

Eastern Michigan University

4.7%

University of Houston

4.7%

Northern Illinois University

4.7%

Georgia Southern University

4.7%

Florida State University

4.7%

Michigan State University

4.2%

Webster University

4.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.2%

Purdue University

4.2%

Temple University

3.6%

Ohio State University

3.6%

James Madison University

3.6%

Western Michigan University

3.6%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.6%
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Majors

Business

30.5%

Human Resources Management

12.7%

Communication

8.6%

Psychology

6.8%

Marketing

6.6%

Management

5.2%

Political Science

3.4%

Public Relations

3.1%

Finance

2.8%

English

2.7%

Criminal Justice

2.3%

Sociology

2.2%

Accounting

1.9%

Kinesiology

1.8%

Nursing

1.6%

Education

1.6%

History

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.6%

Counseling Psychology

1.6%

General Studies

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

61.5%

Masters

17.0%

Other

12.3%

Associate

4.9%

Certificate

2.4%

Doctorate

1.4%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
$53,000
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$34,000
Min 10%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
US Auto Parts
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.3 years
How much does a Professional Recruiter make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Professional Recruiter in the United States is $53,683 per year or $26 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $34,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $83,000.

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. Potential Candidates
  2. Background Checks
  3. Recruitment Process
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  • Maintain relationships with current and potential candidates/contractors to assure they are having a positive experience with our company.
  • Performed appropriate background checks on applicants being seriously considered for a specific position.
  • Guide candidates through recruitment process and maintained relationships throughout and afterward.
  • Market and promote ANTHC at job fairs, national conferences, and with other institutions, universities, and professional organizations.
  • Monitor external internet bank website for updates/changes.

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  4. New Jersey
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Maryland
  7. New York
  8. Pennsylvania
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