Thinking About a Career in Recruiting? Everything You Need to Know
A career in recruiting may seem attractive if you like to work with people. It is a solid job. After all, there will always be someone looking for work or searching for the perfect new hire. Recruiters are there to help every step of the way. Before you think about pursuing a career in recruiting, here’s everything you need to know.
Technically, recruiters have more than one person they are reporting to. They work for both the client and the candidate. However, their primary focus is to find the right candidate for the open position (i.e. client’s interests). This is because the company, or the employer, is the one who pays the recruiter’s fee. So, they are working to meet the client’s expectations before anything else.
Recruiters are paid a sort of “finder’s fee.” They only get paid if they find the right person for the role the employer is hiring for though. If the employer doesn’t like the candidates a recruiter chooses or finds someone on their own, the recruiter isn’t paid for their efforts. When they do land the right person for the job they are paid a fee. This is generally a flat dollar amount or a percentage of the employee’s first year’s salary. The recruiter’s fee does not impact the candidate’s salary in any way.
Not only will you work with a number of different employers, each with different needs, but you will also have no-shows, bad phone calls, and other conflicts. You need to be adaptable and resilient. Take feedback as it comes your way and use it to improve your recruiting efforts. Don’t take anything personally. Remember, you are working to help companies and employers find the perfect fit for their organization. It takes time and patience.
At the end of the day, a career in recruiting is also a career in sales. It is one of the hardest sales jobs in existence too. Selling people to people is difficult. Not to mention, you will be in direct competition with your coworkers and other recruiters. It can be an intense work environment, but one that many people enjoy. So, keep that in mind if you are considering a shift in the direction of your career.
Recruiting is a career path where you can expect to continue learning every single day. You will learn more about the industry you’re working with, about the way people communicate, new technology, and more. No matter what, there is always something to educate yourself about when it comes to a career in recruiting.
The best way to learn about different career options is by speaking with a recruiter yourself. You can even learn more about what a career in recruiting is like by chatting with some of our staff. Contact The Bradley Group to learn more about the job opportunities available to you when you work with us.