What it Takes to Become a Professional Recruiter

The key to success in any organization begins with the people who work there. Finding, attracting and hiring the best people is one of the most essential responsibilities of any employer. As a result, professional recruiters have a powerful role to play in building the future of the organizations for whom they work.

To become a professional recruiter requires more than searching through resumes and deciding which candidate would be a great fit for the job. Yes, this is a part of a recruiter’s process, but a recruiter must also understand both the candidates themselves, and the company’s goals and cultural expectations, in addition to having the experience and know-how necessary to work effectively in the industry.

So, where do you begin?

According to The Career Journey of a Recruiter, there are a few steps recruiters should consider in order to have a successful career, starting with a college degree.

The most common majors for recruiters are psychology, human resources, sociology, communications, political science and business. It’s no secret that recruiters work directly with people, so possessing both hard and soft people skills is important.

After college comes the job hunt. The goal in most careers is to find a job that will be a stepping-stone to a long-term career. For recruiters, the most common initial job is usually a sales position. A sales role gives aspiring recruiters hands-on experience to learn how to successfully work with people, and if that sales position is within a recruiting or staffing firm, it enables you to learn what it takes to secure business opportunities with employers. While sales roles are most common, there are also other positions that future professional recruiters often experience, including:

•    Operations roles
•    Administrative roles
•    Support roles
•    Research roles

It’s important for a recruiter to know how to train a candidate and demonstrate appropriate customer service and employee relations. So after acquiring a few years of work experience, it’s time to find a recruiting position that will allow you to use your skills and learn more about the recruiting industry subsequently.

Maintaining leadership and strategy skills are also crucial for recruiters to know how to use in certain situations, which could determine your career growth into leadership roles in HR, a top executive recruiter position and more.

Becoming a successful recruiter takes education, time, and experience, but it is worth the effort when you are able to add value to both the candidate and company’s future success.