A campus recruiter generally works for a company and visits various universities to "discover talent," so to speak, and recruit students for work. The campus recruiter creates relationships with these universities and serves as a representative of his/her company, and also creates and implements marketing plans. These plans may involve interacting with student organizations and career services departments.
The campus recruiter may also organize special events and participate in job fairs that are held at particular universities. Public speaking skills are very important, as campus recruiters often create presentations in order to pique the interest of students. They might also be in charge of creating various media, such as e-mails and brochures, to distribute to students.
Those who work in this position are charge of recruiting for both internships and full-time employment, and this often involves receiving and reviewing students' resumes and recommending them to management when appropriate. These evaluations should be done objectively, as the students are compared to typical entry-level profiles. Conducting interviews with prospective employees is another regular duty.
Organizational and computer skills are important, as campus recruiters must organize candidate data and create reports. Travel is often necessary when campuses to be visited are located in different parts of the country. Strong communication and people skills are essential for campus recruiters to maintain friendly but professional relationships with various parties at universities. The job often requires a Bachelor’s degree in an area such as Business, Marketing or Human Resources.
Campus Recruiter Tasks
Visit campuses, review resumes, interview candidates and select top talent.
Maintain and update online presence, including following up on strong candidates.
Make presentations and portray the organization positively during informal and formal events.
Liaise with colleges, universities, partners and recruitment staff to build relationships.