An executive recruiter is responsible for connecting executives with available positions. They may work at a recruiting agency or at a company that hires executives directly. The executive recruiter may be responsible for developing new ways to find and obtain talent, helping determine if new positions need to be opened within their company, and working with other hiring agencies in order to expand the searches. They need to search for and contact senior-level talent either within the company or beyond; this also involves continuously performing research as the markets change in order to determine what type of talent is needed at the company and what sort of needs must be fulfilled.
The executive recruiter often deals directly with candidates and performs interviews, tests, and paperwork for hiring executives. The recruiter needs to make sure that candidates would be a good fit for the company, are qualified and skilled, and that their desired salary fits within budget. All searches need to be documented and reported in detail by the executive recruiter. Additionally, they need to do proper research to determine if candidates are qualified for the positions sought.
In this position, a master’s degree is often required for this position. Extensive hiring experience is generally required, and some positions may specifically require experience previously hiring executives. This is usually a full-time job and often involves working in an office setting and traveling to meet with potential talent.
Executive 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.