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Become A Recruiter

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Working As A 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

  • $55,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Recruiter Do

A Recruiter is responsible for determining applicant qualifications through interviewing applicants and comparing their qualifications to the job requirements. They must hire and retain the best employees while growing strong talent pipelines.

How To Become A Recruiter

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


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. 


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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Real Recruiter Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Head of Global Talent Acquisition Uber Technologies, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 04, 2015 $250,000
Head of Global Talent Acquisition Mediabrands Worldwide, Inc. New York, NY Sep 08, 2015 $210,000 -
Technical Recruitment Specialist Collabera Inc. Morristown, NJ Jan 11, 2016 $180,000
Head of Talent Acquisition Intersection Parent, Inc. New York, NY Jun 20, 2016 $150,000
Recruitment Specialist J.R. Bechtle & Company Boca Raton, FL Jan 02, 2015 $140,000
Recruiter Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 23, 2016 $131,640
Global Talent Specialist Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 15, 2015 $130,707 -
Talent Acquisition Recruiter DYNO Nobel Inc. Salt Lake City, UT Jan 02, 2016 $120,000
Talent Acquisition Recruiter DYNO Nobel Inc. Salt Lake City, UT Feb 01, 2016 $120,000
Recruiter Google, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 18, 2015 $116,000
Retail Recruiter Apple Inc. New York, NY Aug 19, 2016 $113,925 -
G&A Recruiter Mongodb, Inc. New York, NY May 09, 2016 $110,000
Corporate Recruitment Consultant Talenthub Worldwide, Inc. New York, NY Jun 06, 2015 $109,054
Specialist Master, Human Capital, Organization Transformation & Talent Deloitte Consulting LLP Minneapolis, MN Sep 28, 2016 $106,955 -
Recruiting Specialist CGI Technologies and Solutions Inc. Mansfield, MA Nov 19, 2015 $74,630
Talent Acquisition Recruiter Warner Music Group Corp New York, NY Feb 10, 2015 $73,500
Recruiter Complete Genomics Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 08, 2016 $72,000
Technical Talent Acquisition Specialist GSSR Inc. Herndon, VA Jan 09, 2016 $71,000
Recruiter Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Aug 19, 2016 $70,616
Recruiter Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 09, 2016 $70,616
Recruiter Forrest Solutions, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $70,000
Technical Talent Acquisition Specialist GSSR Inc. Herndon, VA Jan 09, 2016 $67,500
International Recruiter Dallas Baptist University Dallas, TX Dec 08, 2015 $56,560
Lead Talent Acquisition Systemguru, Inc. East Brunswick, NJ Sep 02, 2015 $56,500
Recruiter Cheetah Mobile America, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jul 11, 2016 $56,035
Recruitment Consultant Robert Walters Associates California San Francisco, CA Aug 29, 2016 $55,661
Recruiter CGS Technology Associates, Inc. Piscataway, NJ May 01, 2015 $55,000
Recruiter CGS Technology Associates, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Aug 18, 2015 $55,000
Recruitment Consultant Michael Page International, Inc. New York, NY Jun 15, 2015 $55,000

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Top Skills for A Recruiter


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Top Recruiter Skills

  1. Internet Sites
  2. Full Cycle Recruitment
  3. Recruitment Process
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Utilized resume databases, search engines, community portals, job boards and other internet sites to seek qualified candidates.
  • Administered full cycle recruitment for staff operations and faculty for colleges in Nursing, Doctoral, Business, & Education.
  • Maintain strong business relationships with candidates through clear communication about the recruitment process.
  • Prepared materials, worked with students and faculty, consulted as needed on job fairs and career development.
  • Submitted candidates for background checks and online assessments, reviewed results and made hiring recommendations.

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