Stuart Gentle Publisher at Onrec

An In-Depth Guide to Becoming a Recruiter

Human resources (HR) are an industry designated to help businesses effectively manage their employees.

However, many companies have openings for certain positions that aren't easy to fill. This is why they turn to recruiters; to help them find the perfect candidate for the job. If becoming a recruiter sounds appealing to you, read on to learn what's in store for the job, the tasks you'll be performing, as well as the pros and cons.

What is a Recruiter?

Let's begin by going over exactly what a recruiter is. We already mentioned that a recruiter assists companies with the hiring process, but that's just the general consensus of it. Recruiters are put in charge of most of the hiring process. You'll be helping clients find a job they'll feel comfortable in, and you'll be providing a business with a valuable employee. There are sub-categories in the recruiter scene. You can choose to be a corporate recruiter, in-house recruiter, contingency recruiter, or a retained recruiter.

Regardless of your choice, this job isn't as easy as it sounds. You need to present yourself as someone clients can trust. Furthermore, recruiters aren't a general thing; they all work in different fields such as medicine and marketing. That said, you must have an in-depth understanding of the field you're going to work in. The best way to learn all you can about a specific career field is to obtain a graduate's degree. College is known for being expensive as you'll be paying tens of thousands for your education. However, the final price solely depends on the institution you're attending, and if you're studying on campus or online and the location.

If you want to jump right into it, the best way to pay for your degree is to take out a student loan. Student loans provide quick tuition coverage, so you can acquire all the necessary supplies and equipment you need. Something many aren't aware of is that student loans can cover the cost of room and board should you decide to study on campus. As you go through your degree, it's also in your best interest to get some hands-on experience in the field as well. You can do this by applying for an apprenticeship or internship. Both provide you a first-hand experience, but they're vastly different from each other. Apprenticeships can last up to four years while internships only last about two months. Make sure to weigh the pros and cons of both to get a better idea of which will work best for you.

Tasks of a Recruiter

Now that you know what a recruiter does and the tools for quality recruiting that are needed, let's go over what tasks you can expect to perform. The first task every recruiter must do is consult with hiring employers and learn about what kind of candidate they need. Then, you'll contact potential candidates through social media, a platform such as Indeed, through email or a cold call. This job will have you talking to people all the time, so it's critical you hone your communication skills to the max. This also includes when you contact any references provided by the candidate.

You'll also be screening every candidate thoroughly through interviews and conducting background checks. Background checks require consent, but if a potential candidate declines, it's really in your best interest to keep looking. Once you've found suitable candidates, you'll then be putting your negotiation skills to use by consulting the employer about offer letters. If the employer gives you the green light, you can then advance the onboarding process by providing the proper paperwork.

Pros and Cons of Being a Recruiter

One of the most notable pros of being a recruiter is how you can greatly benefit with little effort. You can get an amazing salary ranging from $55,000 to as much as $110,000. The next pro is that if you are looking for a flexible career, this is it. You can tailor your schedule to suit your lifestyle. Now let's get into the most glaring con; the first one involves uncertain periods. You'll have a few weeks where everything falls into place. However, you'll also have those weeks where nothing goes according to plan. Clients may ghost you or you'll be on the receiving end of abruptly ended calls.