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How do I Become a Recruiter?

Businesses need to recruit high-quality employees in order to stay competitive.
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Many people choose to become a recruiter because they enjoy working with many different people every day as they talk with potential employees and companies that are looking to hire. Proper recruitment is highly beneficial to many industries. Without the right employees, a company cannot be successful. However, it can take a lot of time to find the perfect worker which is why many companies will hire somebody to go through the applications and determine who the best fit is. While there are different types of recruiters, the mechanics of what their job entails is generally the same. There are a few different ways you can become a recruiter, but the proper background is very important.

To begin, you will want to look into getting a four-year human resources or business degree. This will give you a foundation needed to become a recruiter. Knowing the intricacies of how companies work and what they're looking for in order to have a successfully run company is very important. Of course, you will want to try and make honors in college so you're able to list this on your resume. This can help you stand out to recruitment firms from other graduates that have the same degree as you, but didn't have a higher grade point average (GPA).

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Learn more information about the industry you want to recruit for. If possible, take electives in college about this industry so you have a better idea on what companies will look for in their employees. Healthcare, real estate, and industrial recruiters will want to learn different things about the specified industry to be able to recruit for it. Generally, the introduction courses for these subjects are a better choice since they will be more general and cover more areas instead of a specific topic.

Learn the different federal and state laws for employment that you will need to be familiar with to become a recruiter. This can be done on your own time or by taking a law class that covers employee rights and affirmative action laws. Many recruitment firms will require you to learn this information before you can start recruiting for them. Therefore, you will save everyone's time by not having to get trained in this area.

While going to school to become a recruiter is a great way to get the career you want, there are ways to work your way up to eventually becoming a recruiter. If your job right now is in administration, you may eventually find a position in your company hiring within human resources. This type of position can give you a lot of background information on what the company is looking for when it comes to who they hire. Then, you may be promoted to become a recruiter for the company. Letting your supervisor know you’re looking to move up within the company can give you a better chance on getting chosen for a promotion.

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anon179159
Post 4

Recruiting is more sales and candidate marketing focused than HR. I would have to say a business degree would be more important that any sort of focus on HR.

anon171710
Post 3

Where do you start if you want to become an independent recruiter? Thank you.

anon131124
Post 2

I disagree with getting an HR degree. I own a recruiting company and hire recruiters all the time. the bottom line is I don't want anyone who has an HR degree because most of the time these individuals get caught up in wanting to do other HR functions, which you never do as a recruiter.

recruiter
Post 1

You can also opt to become an independent recruiter. There is definitely an initial learning curve but the rewards and benefits are worth it.

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