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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

  • $75,000

    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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Average Length of Employment
Senior Recruiter 3.0 years
Recruiting Lead 2.4 years
Regional Recruiter 2.3 years
Recruiter 2.1 years
Talent Recruiter 2.0 years
Source Recruiter 1.6 years
Top Careers Before Senior Recruiter
Recruiter 26.6%
Top Careers After Senior Recruiter
Recruiter 25.4%
Consultant 2.1%

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Senior Recruiter Demographics

Gender

Female

50.3%

Male

40.9%

Unknown

8.8%
Ethnicity

White

61.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.3%

French

9.8%

Portuguese

3.9%

Italian

3.6%

German

3.6%

Japanese

2.6%

Chinese

2.3%

Hindi

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Carrier

1.6%

Mandarin

1.3%

Korean

1.3%

Greek

1.0%

Icelandic

0.7%

Hebrew

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Dari

0.7%

Thai

0.7%

Cantonese

0.7%
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Senior Recruiter Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.0%

University of Houston

6.0%

George Mason University

5.2%

University of North Texas

4.8%

Michigan State University

4.8%

Strayer University

4.7%

Arizona State University

4.6%

Ashford University

4.2%

Ohio State University

4.2%

Northeastern University

4.2%

University of Central Florida

3.9%

Texas A&M University

3.8%

Florida State University

3.8%

Webster University

3.7%

University of Texas at Austin

3.5%

Georgia State University

3.5%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

University of Maryland - University College

3.4%

Northern Illinois University

3.2%

Temple University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

31.5%

Human Resources Management

15.5%

Psychology

8.2%

Communication

7.7%

Marketing

5.7%

Management

4.7%

Political Science

3.3%

English

3.0%

Sociology

2.5%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Education

2.0%

Counseling Psychology

1.9%

Finance

1.8%

Accounting

1.8%

Public Relations

1.7%

Criminal Justice

1.6%

Economics

1.4%

History

1.3%

Journalism

1.2%

Computer Science

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

56.0%

Masters

18.8%

Other

15.7%

Associate

4.9%

Certificate

3.0%

Doctorate

0.9%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.2%
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Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Senior Recruiter make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Recruiter in the United States is $75,815 per year or $36 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $45,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $125,000.

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
Senior Recruiter Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 08, 2016 $120,000 -
$140,000
SR. Recruiter Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 04, 2015 $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 Recruiter MUFG Union Bank, N.A. New York, NY Apr 25, 2016 $100,000
Senior Recruiter Citigroup Management Corp. New York, NY Feb 05, 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 Sep 06, 2015 $92,000
Senior Recruiter Coeur Mining, Inc. Chicago, IL Jun 09, 2015 $92,000
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 RPO Korn/Ferry International Futurestep, Inc. New York, NY Mar 20, 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 Recruitment Consultant Michael Page International, Inc. New York, NY May 01, 2015 $75,000
Senior Recruitment Consultant Michael Page International, Inc. New York, NY Mar 01, 2011 $75,000
Senior Recruiter Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 07, 2011 $75,000
Senior Recruiter Whole Foods Market Group, Inc. Englewood Cliffs, NJ Dec 01, 2010 $75,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Recruiter

  1. Recruitment Process
  2. Potential Candidates
  3. Full Life Cycle
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  • Analyze current staffing/recruitment process and procedures and recommend strategic solutions.
  • Identify potential candidates prepare and submit them to the customer for resume reviews and/or interviews according to customer requirements and preferences.
  • Provide full life cycle recruiting support for CACI s $1.1B MEGA4 contract with the United States Department of Justice.
  • Utilized internal database to identify potential candidates and also recruited globally for skilled positions.
  • Initiate hiring process to include: extending contingent verbal offers, arranging drug screens and background checks.

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