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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

  • $54,000

    Average Salary

What Does A 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 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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Recruiter Career Paths

Recruiter
Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Recruiter Senior Technical Recruiter Senior Recruiter
Recruitment Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Recruiter Senior Recruiter
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Consultant
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Recruitment Director
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Senior Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Instructor Project Coordinator Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Administrator
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Recruiter Corporate Recruiter
Staffing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technical Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Senior Manager-Recruitment
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Director Of Talent Acquisition
11 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Office Manager Human Resources Manager
Talent Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Office Manager Administrative Manager
Human Resources Administration Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Human Resources Coordinator Corporate Recruiter
Corporate Recruiting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Corporate Recruiter Talent Acquisition Manager
Senior Talent Acquisition Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Human Resources Coordinator Hris Analyst
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Analyst Human Resources Consultant
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Benefit Specialist Human Resources Consultant
Employment Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Staffing Consultant Staffing Manager
Onsite Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Executive Recruiter Staffing Manager
Manager, Recruitment Operations
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Recruiter 3.0 years
Regional Recruiter 2.3 years
Staffing Recruiter 2.0 years
Talent Recruiter 2.0 years
Recruiter 2.0 years
Source Recruiter 1.6 years
Junior Recruiter 1.2 years
Top Careers Before Recruiter
Internship 4.9%
Cashier 4.3%
Top Careers After Recruiter
Manager 3.2%
Cashier 2.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$54,000
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$33,000
Min 10%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Median 50%
$90,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.1 years
How much does a Recruiter make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Recruiter in the United States is $54,867 per year or $26 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $33,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $90,000.

Real Recruiter Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Technical Recruitment Specialist Collabera Inc. Morristown, NJ Jan 11, 2016 $180,000
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 -
$137,400
Talent Acquisition Recruiter DYNO Nobel Inc. Salt Lake City, UT Feb 01, 2016 $120,000
Talent Acquisition Recruiter DYNO Nobel Inc. Salt Lake City, UT Jan 02, 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 -
$135,100
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 -
$197,700
Recruiter 4 Apple Inc. New York, NY Sep 18, 2015 $105,000 -
$125,000
Recruiter Randstad Professionals Us, LP Cambridge, MA Mar 02, 2015 $104,350
Recruiter Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 06, 2016 $101,061
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 Aquisition Specialist GSSR Inc. Herndon, VA Sep 01, 2015 $67,500
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
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 Aug 18, 2015 $55,000
Recruiter CGS Technology Associates, Inc. Piscataway, NJ May 01, 2015 $55,000
Recruitment Consultant Michael Page International, Inc. New York, NY Jun 15, 2015 $55,000
Legal Recruiter Eilene Bloom Group LLC. New York, NY Sep 21, 2016 $52,175

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Top Skills for A Recruiter

  1. Recruitment Process
  2. Job Descriptions
  3. Potential Candidates
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Facilitate full-cycle recruitment process across all business lines and source candidates through proven successful recruiting channels.
  • Create and post job descriptions and requisitions and maintained excellent working relationships with internal account managers.
  • Educated potential candidates on benefits programs.
  • Facilitated the hiring process including background checks, personal, professional and educational reference checks.
  • Utilized diverse sourcing methods to identify candidates including internet sites, employee referrals, networking forums and competitive intelligence.

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The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 81,337 Recruiter resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Recruiter Demographics

Gender

Female

54.5%

Male

35.9%

Unknown

9.7%
Ethnicity

White

60.9%

Hispanic or Latino

16.7%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.8%

French

7.7%

Portuguese

2.9%

Italian

2.8%

German

2.8%

Chinese

2.8%

Mandarin

2.3%

Russian

2.2%

Arabic

2.1%

Japanese

1.9%

Korean

1.4%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Hindi

1.2%

Carrier

0.7%

Cantonese

0.7%

Greek

0.6%

Hebrew

0.5%

Tagalog

0.5%

Urdu

0.5%

Polish

0.5%
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Recruiter Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

25.8%

Strayer University

5.9%

Ashford University

5.7%

Liberty University

4.6%

Michigan State University

4.5%

Webster University

4.4%

University of Houston

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.9%

University of North Texas

3.8%

Florida State University

3.7%

Arizona State University

3.6%

Columbia Southern University

3.6%

Kaplan University

3.4%

Community College of the Air Force

3.4%

University of Maryland - University College

3.4%

University of Central Florida

3.3%

Ohio State University

3.2%

Temple University

3.1%

Texas A&M University

3.1%

Capella University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

30.3%

Human Resources Management

15.0%

Psychology

8.0%

Communication

7.4%

Marketing

5.0%

Management

4.7%

Criminal Justice

3.4%

Political Science

2.7%

Sociology

2.6%

English

2.3%

Accounting

2.3%

Education

2.2%

Health Care Administration

2.1%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

General Studies

1.9%

Public Relations

1.9%

Counseling Psychology

1.7%

Finance

1.6%

Nursing

1.6%

Kinesiology

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.9%

Masters

18.4%

Other

17.0%

Associate

7.6%

Certificate

3.6%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.3%
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