How to Become a Recruiter

Playing Matchmaker between a Job Seeker and a Company

Recruiters place candidates in temporary and/or temporary-to-permanent positions or even part-time or full-time positions, according to a 2019 paper published by the University of South Carolina career center, “Is a Third-Party Recruiter Right for You?” Recruiters work at temporary staffing firms and find people for jobs, not jobs for people. Their clients pay them upon successful placement, and the recruiters pay the candidates part of what they make. If they are able to place candidates permanently, they get at least 20-30 per cent of their first year salary, says N-Jen in her 2019 article for, “What is a Recruiter… Really?” Recruiters usually fill junior and mid-level administrative positions, such as receptionists, administrative assistants, executive assistants, and human resources assistants.

Many Functions

Many recruiters travel to local job fairs and some also visit colleges and their career centers, according to a 2019 occupation description, “Employment Services – Recruiter ” taken from “Job Profies: Jobs, Careers, and College Information.” They network with various businesses and candidates, maintain accurate records of both parties, and learn about various companies and positions, in order to give candidates accurate information. Some recruiters even help candidates modify their resumes and prepare for interviews.

An Effective Recruiter

Since recruiters deal with different parties, they need stellar interpersonal skills, according to the 2019 job description under “Employment Services – Recruiter” in “Job Profiles: Jobs, Careers, and College Information.” They should have a professional and engaging manner, an accurate knowledge of the company and the position, career prospects, the candidate’s strengths and career interests, as well as strong verbal and written communication skills. They should also possess strong keyboarding skills and sound computer skills, including knowledge of databases and spreadsheets. Creativity is a plus since they need to constantly think of new ways to attract and retain clients and candidates alike. They should also be comfortable in a fast-paced team environment, according to criteria for job postings on popular job boards such as CareerBuilder and Monster.

Challenging Position

Recruiters deal with two different parties during fixed office hours. The average salary is $55,000, according to, an online professional networking group.

Educational Requirements

A four-year college degree in business or human resources is required. Recruiters should also be familiar with certain niche industries and with employment law, according to an article, “How to Become a Recruiter.” However, people can also become recruiters simply by working their way up from an office support role, according to a comment following this article.


Career Prospects

Recruiters who exceed expectations get promoted to other branches and are given even more prestigious clients.

Finding Work

Recruiters can find work through job boards. Regardless of career stage, recruiting can be a rewarding profession that helps businesses and job seekers alike.

Recruiters perform a useful service in matching job seekers with their client companies for mostly junior and mid-level administrative contract or contract-to-permanent positions. They need a good understanding of businesses and the human resources industry, the staffing needs of businesses and employment needs of candidates, solid communication and interpersonal skills, a professional and engaging demeanor, as well as a sound knowledge of computer databases and good keyboarding skills. They also need to be creative and work well in a fast-paced team environment.