A corporate recruiter actively seeks out new, talented individuals to join their company in a variety of positions. In some cases, the recruiter is only used to find salaried management personnel, but more companies are using their recruiters to hire at all levels of employment.
To perform their job well, a corporate recruiter must be familiar with the job market in the areas for which they are hiring, as well as have detailed information on the position(s) they’re seeking to fill. The corporate recruiter then identifies aggressive strategies to seek out persons to fill the employment needs. These strategies likely include monitored job postings, but they may also include cold calling, job fairs, and on-campus events at colleges and universities, among other strategies.
Recruiters must establish or follow best practices to successfully recruit and screen the best candidates for their organization. They must have excellent communication skills, as they are frequently conducting first interviews and maintaining contact with potential employees. The recruiter also must be organized, as they deal with multiple candidates across a variety of job openings. Additionally, as the initial contact with a company, the recruiter must present a professional and friendly appearance; the first impression created by a recruiter can be key to this relationship between the potential employees and the company.
Normally, corporate recruiters have a bachelor's degree in business or a related field, with specializations in human resources often given preference in hiring. Five to 10 years of recruiting experience may also be required.
The corporate recruiter normally works regular business hours; however, the need for one-on-one contact with potential recruits may require evening or weekend work. For large companies, a corporate recruiter should expect to do a fair amount of travel as well.
Corporate Recruiter Tasks
- May be involved in writing and placing advertising for open positions in publications; online and print.
- Source, screen and interview applicants to obtain information on work history, training, education, and job skills for open positions; may utilize ATS.
- Arrange for interviews and provide travel arrangements as necessary.
- Establish and maintain relationships with hiring managers to stay abreast of current and future hiring and business needs.
- Advise managers and employees on staffing policies and procedures.