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Recruiter Career

Considering a career as a Recruiter? Find out all you need to know to decide whether this career is right for you.

What does a Recruiter do?

A Recruiter is on the front line of all staffing projects for an organization. Duties will vary depending on the experience and success of the recruiter. Experienced Recruiters will typically fill a managerial role in larger companies.

The goal of a recruiter is to acquire high quality employees or consultants through the lowest costing avenues. Performing this task successfully can be very difficult and complicated.

As a Recruiter, you will be involved in developing and implementing search strategies involving various types of media and advertising. You will need to understand how to cost effectively market your company's hiring needs through each individual avenue.

When working as a Recruiter, you may also be expected to help define minimum job qualifications and write overall job descriptions that will be advertised through online or other media.

In order to be a successful recruiter, you will need to have a variety of skills. You will need to be able to communicate effectively and diplomatically to management, employee candidates and throughout your community for networking purposes. You will need to be highy organized and have the ability to analyze company data for the development of future hiring programs. Your writing skills will need to be highly polished and concise.

Lastly, you will need to constantly keep in mind the objectives of your company. You will need to perform your duties while also analyzing recruiting techniques in terms of cost and time spent with respect to the amount and quality of labor acquired through your recruiting techniques and present this data to upper management.

How to Become a Recruiter?

Educational requirements may vary slightly depending on the company, the area you wish to work and your previous work experience.

The minimum educational requirement is the completion of a Bachelor's degree. The type of bachelor's degree can vary, but typically a degree in human resources or business will best prepare you for a career as a Recruiter.

If you are interested in becoming one of the higher paid Senior Recruiters then you may wish to earn an advanced degree such as an MBA with an emphasis in Human Resources or a Master's degree with an emphasis in Management.

Beyond a quality education and development of skills necessary to succeed as a Recruiter, you will need to learn where to gain experience by finding a job. An organization such as The Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM) is a great place for you to begin looking for career opportunities.

Otherwise, you may wish to speed up your employment process by hiring an employment agency or by contacting hiring companies directly. You may find Recruiting opportunities in newspaper classifieds or online classifieds (Craigslist) or through online job posting portals (Monster.com).

What is a Recruiter's Salary?

A Recruiter's salary can vary significantly depending on your level of experience, your level of acquired education and size of the company you work for.

The median salary* for a Recruiter is $42,400.

However, the top 10% of Recruiters are pulling in an average of $81,700.

In order to boost yourself to this level of success, you will need to perform highly, develop years of experience at a respectable company and lastly, earn yourself an advanced degree.

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* Source: The Bureau of Labor and Statistics for 2006

How does the future look for a Recruiter?

With diverse workforces necessary for most companies to function successfully, Recruiting is becoming a much more difficult and complex task. Recruiters are needing to be highly trained in all areas of media in order to exploit all possible low cost avenues for finding high quality employee candidates. The value of Recruiters is going to consistently increase into the future.

The U.S. Department of Labor believes between 2004 and 2014, Recruiting type career opportunities will increase by a whopping 30% from 182,000 to 237,400!

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