Inside Corporate Recruiter Careers

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Best & Worst Things About This Career


Vice President, Recruiting: "The best part of being a recruiter is when you get a person his or her dream job that they have been waiting for a long long time. Knowing you had a part in that process is just fantastic. Plus the money we make by doing so is not so bad either. The work parts if of course when we have to "fire" some people that we have found jobs for. That is not always a fun thing to do, but unfortunately, it is a necessary part of our bluishness." (2011)


Consultant: "I do not like helping to fire people. It is often upsetting for them and for me. I try to stay out of the actual firing process and leave that to human resources employees who know the people and can answer their questions that aren't related to severance. I often am present during a firing only to discuss severance, but I also have fired people for companies who are smaller and don't have any human resources managers." (2011)


Recruiter: "The best and worst is it's hard. I am like a talent agent. If I sold cars the car can't say no to be sold... but since I "sell" people I have to work on both sides of the sales." (2011)


Staffing Process Consultant: "I like the flexibility my job gives me in that I am able to identify and correct problems on my own. I also like being able to interact with several different departments in my current position. I enjoy meeting new people in my company and I also like learning about how their jobs are done. One of the challenges of my job is the pace. There are some times when things are very slow, and other times when I have to work 60 hours per week to keep up." (2011)


Recruitment Coordinator: "The best part of my job is getting the opportunity to help people find meaningful work. It is so nice to welcome new employees into the company with a big hug and share in their excitement at landing a job. I also love being able to attend college career fairs and high school classes to teach future professionals in the field. The worst part is the focus on data entry. As you can imagine, tracking so many applicants requires me to input information into a database. This gives me accurate information in case an applicant applies again in the future." (2010)

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"Need To Accept "No"...
One trick to becoming a very successful recruiter is to learn to accept the word "no". I can not tell you how many times I have heard the word. In this business you can't let the constant turn downs bother you. Organization is another key. If you are not organized at all you will never be successful in the staffing world and the last one is HUSTLE. The staffing business is all about finding the right candidate first so the faster, quicker you find people, the more successful you will be." (Vice President, Recruiting; 2011)


"Bearer Of Bad News...
1. Get used to living on the road. You'll spend a lot of time visiting other companies, so it's smart to ask for time off in advance and schedule your vacations early. 2. Intern in human resources departments. A lot of the work I do involves these offices. With a working knowledge of what they do, you will have an advantage. 3. Get used to giving bad news. You'll be doing it a lot. There isn't a way to practice this except on your friends and family." (Consultant; 2011)


"Expect Lots Of Rejection...
Do as many informational interviews as possible to learn the business. Don't go into this business if your afraid of rejection. Don't go into this job if you don't like being on the phone a lot." (Recruiter; 2011)


"Tips For Process Consultants...
I would advise those wishing to work in a process consulting type of job to live and breathe math and statistics. Being able to talk to analysts, understand how they arrived at their conclusions, and challenge their work will improve your standing when you are making presentations to high level managers. I would also advise taking a forensics or debate course. One of the most important skills is being able to communicate ideas. Lastly, I would advise having an advanced working knowledge of Excel, Access, and Powerpoint. I have used all of these extensively in my career." (Staffing Process Consultant; 2011)


"General Pointers For A Successful Career...
Starting early down the right career path can really help give you experience in high school and college that will make you a more attractive applicant when you enter the workforce. Make sure that you're on top of technology. Technology will always evolve, and it's important that you have the technological skills you'll need to get ahead. Refine your public speaking ability by pushing yourself to speak to large groups. This will build your confidence and make you less nervous during interviews and presentations." (Recruitment Coordinator; 2010)