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Working As A Senior 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

  • $81,630

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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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Senior Recruiter Career Paths

Senior Recruiter
Executive Recruiter Human Resources Coordinator
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Manager Director Of Human Resources
Director Of Human Resources Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Corporate Recruiter Talent Acquisition Manager
Director Of Talent Acquisition
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Account Manager Account Executive Sales Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Sourcing Specialist Purchasing Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Head Of Human Resources
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Advisor Program Manager Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Advisor Chief Executive Officer Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Recruiter/Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Recruitment Human Resources Coordinator Staffing Consultant
Human Resources Staffing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Corporate Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Recruitment Director
7 Yearsyrs
Recruiting Lead Senior Technical Recruiter
Recruitment Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Business Partner Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Business Partner Director Of Human Resources
Senior Director Human Resources
13 Yearsyrs
Relationship Manager Assistant Vice President Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Administrator
6 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Assistant Vice President Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Chief Executive Officer Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Generalist
7 Yearsyrs
Executive Recruiter Recruitment Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Search Consultant Recruiter Talent Acquisition Manager
Senior Talent Acquisition Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Sourcer Technical Recruiter
Staffing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Account Manager
Strategic Accounts Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Account Manager Sales Consultant Recruiter
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Recruiter 3.0 years
Medical Recruiter 2.6 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
Staffing Manager 2.1 years
College Recruiter 2.1 years
National Recruiter 1.9 years
Campus Recruiter 1.7 years
Source Recruiter 1.6 years
Junior Recruiter 1.3 years
Top Employers Before
Recruiter 24.7%
Top Employers After
Recruiter 25.3%
Consultant 2.0%

Senior Recruiter Demographics

Gender

Female

56.4%

Male

41.7%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

80.3%

Hispanic or Latino

9.8%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.8%

French

9.3%

Portuguese

4.7%

German

3.9%

Hindi

3.1%

Italian

3.1%

Japanese

2.3%

Arabic

2.3%

Russian

1.9%

Carrier

1.9%

Chinese

1.9%

Mandarin

1.2%

Korean

1.2%

Hebrew

1.2%

Urdu

1.2%

Icelandic

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Dari

0.8%

Thai

0.8%

Greek

0.8%
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Senior Recruiter Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.2%

George Mason University

5.9%

Michigan State University

5.5%

Strayer University

5.1%

University of North Texas

4.5%

Arizona State University

4.5%

University of Houston

4.5%

Ashford University

4.3%

Northeastern University

4.3%

University of Texas at Austin

4.0%

Webster University

3.9%

Florida State University

3.9%

University of Maryland - University College

3.9%

Pennsylvania State University

3.7%

Ohio State University

3.6%

Villanova University

3.5%

University of Central Florida

3.5%

Northern Illinois University

3.5%

American University

3.5%

Texas A&M University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

30.8%

Human Resources Management

15.6%

Psychology

8.4%

Communication

8.2%

Marketing

5.3%

Management

4.9%

Political Science

3.0%

English

2.8%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Sociology

2.2%

Education

2.2%

Counseling Psychology

2.0%

Finance

1.8%

Accounting

1.8%

Public Relations

1.7%

Criminal Justice

1.6%

Economics

1.4%

History

1.4%

Computer Science

1.2%

Law

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

55.0%

Masters

18.0%

Other

17.7%

Associate

4.5%

Certificate

3.2%

Doctorate

1.0%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.2%
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Real Senior Recruiter Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Recruiter Avispa LLC New York, NY Jul 09, 2016 $177,395
Senior Finance Recruiter MF Global Holdings USA Inc. New York, NY Feb 25, 2010 $175,000
Application-Senior Financial Products Recruiter Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Apr 07, 2014 $160,000
Senior Recruiter Google Inc. Santa Monica, CA Jan 23, 2012 $158,500
Senior Recruitment and Talent-Americas BT Americas Inc. Irving, TX Jan 12, 2015 $153,795
SR. Recruiter Citadel LLC New York, NY Mar 11, 2016 $150,000 -
$250,000
SR Mngt Assoc-Mngnt Systematization & Recruiting Transform Bridgewater Associates, LP Wilton, CT Jun 06, 2016 $137,717 -
$234,500
SR. Recruiter Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 04, 2015 $120,000 -
$140,000
Senior Recruiter Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 08, 2016 $120,000 -
$140,000
Senior Technical Talent Acquisition Consultant Talend Inc. Redwood City, CA Jul 09, 2015 $115,586
Senior Technical Talent Acquisition Consultant Talend Inc. Redwood City, CA Jul 09, 2015 $110,000
Senior Recruitment Consultant Earthstream Global, Inc. New York, NY Apr 23, 2016 $100,000
Senior Recruitment Consultant Earthstream Global Inc. New York, NY Sep 22, 2016 $100,000
Senior Recruiter Atlassian, Inc. Austin, TX Nov 03, 2014 $97,074 -
$123,050
SR. Talent Acquisition Specialist Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Cambridge, MA Oct 11, 2016 $95,000 -
$130,000
Senior Recruiter It Convergence Redwood City, CA Oct 07, 2014 $93,517
Senior Recruiter Coeur Mining, Inc. Chicago, IL Jun 09, 2015 $92,000
Senior Recruiter Coeur Mining, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 06, 2015 $92,000
Senior Recruiter RPO Korn/Ferry International Futurestep, Inc. New York, NY Mar 20, 2012 $90,000
Senior Recruitment Consultant Michael Page International Inc. New York, NY Dec 05, 2011 $90,000
Senior Recruiter RPO Korn/Ferry International Future Step, Inc. New York, NY Mar 28, 2012 $90,000
Senior Recruiter San Francisco Health Authority San Francisco, CA Apr 21, 2014 $78,853 -
$85,000
Senior Recruiting Consultant Sap America, Inc. Newtown, PA Sep 12, 2013 $77,095 -
$130,985
Talent Management Specialist-Senior Cummins Inc. Houston, TX May 08, 2016 $75,600 -
$97,500
Senior Recruiter Whole Foods Market Group, Inc. Englewood Cliffs, NJ Dec 01, 2010 $75,000
Senior Recruitment Consultant Michael Page International, Inc. New York, NY May 01, 2015 $75,000
Senior Recruiter Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 07, 2011 $75,000
Senior Recruitment Consultant Michael Page International, Inc. New York, NY Mar 01, 2011 $75,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Recruiter

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Top Senior Recruiter Skills

  1. Full Cycle Recruitment
  2. Recruitment Process
  3. Full Life Cycle
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Full cycle Recruitment; Utilizing creative sourcing techniques; specializing in telecommunication, engineering, water and craft positions.
  • Communicated effectively and timely with hiring managers and candidates throughout the recruitment process.
  • Worked both ends of the business from client and candidate aspect and performed full life cycle recruiting.
  • Sourced candidates through cold calling, web mining, job boards, internal database searches and referral networking.
  • Consulted with executive leadership and hiring managers on recruitment strategies, processes, and prioritization of open requirements.

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