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Working As A Senior Recruiting Specialist

  • 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

  • $71,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Recruiting Specialist 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 Recruiting Specialist

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 Recruiting Specialist Career Paths

Senior Recruiting Specialist
Senior Recruiter
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Regional Director, Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Recruitment Director
6 Yearsyrs
Recruitment Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Recruitment Manager Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Director, Human Resources And Administration
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Recruiter
Staffing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Recruiter Recruitment Director Director Of Human Resources
Director Of Talent Acquisition
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Recruiter Talent Acquisition Manager
Senior Talent Acquisition Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Talent Acquisition Manager Talent Manager Human Resources Business Partner
Head Of Human Resources
8 Yearsyrs
Talent Acquisition Manager
Talent Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Business Partner Human Resources Generalist/Manager Staffing Manager
Senior Manager-Recruitment
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Business Partner Human Resources Recruiter/Manager Staffing Manager
Onsite Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Corporate Recruiter Staffing Manager
Employment Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Corporate Recruiter Senior Advisor Training Manager
Organizational Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Generalist
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Corporate Recruiter
Manager, Recruitment Operations
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Generalist Benefits Manager
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Recruiter 3.0 years
Recruiting Lead 2.4 years
Recruiter 2.1 years
Talent Recruiter 2.0 years
Source Recruiter 1.6 years
Top Careers Before Senior Recruiting Specialist
Recruiter 24.8%
Consultant 2.2%
Top Careers After Senior Recruiting Specialist
Recruiter 18.0%

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Top Skills for A Senior Recruiting Specialist

  1. Recruitment Process
  2. Job Descriptions
  3. Potential Candidates
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed relationships with hiring managers and candidates by setting recruitment process expectations and providing clear follow-up communications.
  • Assist in development of job descriptions from functional management.
  • Developed and delivered recruiting presentations and materials to potential candidates as well as partnering and/or referral organizations.
  • Conducted physical ability testing, background checks, organized applications, and monitored candidates through the application process.
  • Sourced candidates using internet search engines, paid resume databases, internal databases, and networking.

Senior Recruiting Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

55.0%

Male

34.1%

Unknown

10.9%
Ethnicity

White

61.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.4%

French

10.5%

Portuguese

5.3%

Greek

5.3%

German

5.3%

Japanese

5.3%

Gujarati

5.3%

Cheyenne

5.3%

Russian

5.3%

Hindi

5.3%
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Senior Recruiting Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.7%

Strayer University

7.4%

Arizona State University

6.3%

Pennsylvania State University

6.3%

Ashford University

6.3%

Webster University

5.3%

University of North Texas

5.3%

Armstrong State University

5.3%

University of Maryland - University College

4.2%

Villanova University

4.2%

Capella University

4.2%

San Diego State University

4.2%

Florida State University

4.2%

George Mason University

4.2%

University of Houston

3.2%

Albany State University

3.2%

National Louis University

3.2%

Ohio State University

3.2%

Metropolitan College of New York

3.2%

Northeastern State University

3.2%
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Majors

Business

31.5%

Human Resources Management

20.1%

Psychology

7.0%

Communication

6.0%

Marketing

5.7%

Management

4.7%

Criminal Justice

3.4%

English

2.3%

Political Science

2.3%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

Human Services

1.8%

Accounting

1.8%

Experimental Psychology

1.6%

Educational Leadership

1.6%

Finance

1.6%

Journalism

1.6%

School Counseling

1.3%

Counseling Psychology

1.3%

Public Relations

1.3%

Business Communications

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.0%

Masters

23.5%

Other

13.7%

Associate

5.6%

Certificate

2.8%

Diploma

1.0%

Doctorate

0.4%
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