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What Does a Recruiter Do?

Posted On11/17/2015

ContributorShirin Miller

The Recruiter Defined

In broad terms, a recruiter is someone who finds a candidate to fill a position at a company. Recruiters can either work for the company to which you apply, for a third party company,
(e.g. Nelson), or are self-employed.

  1. An internal recruiter is someone who works directly for a company. They are typically in the HR Department and serve as your first contact. They usually don’t make the hiring decision, but they can definitely influence the hiring manager.
  2. A third-party recruiter (sometimes called a headhunter) works for a staffing company
    (e.g. Nelson), or is self-employed. They present candidates to their clients—
    the hiring company.

Rely on your recruiter

  • When working with a recruiter, find the right one. Recruiters can specialize in temporary, temporary-to-hire, regular full-time
    (also referred to as ‘direct hire’), positions or all three.
  • Third-party recruiters can specialize in a specific industry (beverage, tech, accounting, etc.),
    or they can recruit across all job sectors.
  • Often, recruiters (including Nelson recruiters) have previous experience in working in the field for which they now recruit.
  • While some recruiters specialize in executive-level positions, many work with candidates from all levels—from entry—to C-level positions.
  • Recruiters do an informational interview with you to assess your interests, needs, background, skills, and experience. This helps them determine if you’re a good
    fit for one of their clients.
  • Before submitting your resume to a company, recruiters will check your references and work history to make sure they are honestly representing you.
  • A recruiter acts as your ally and expert guide in your job search.
  • While they are invaluable, recruiters should act as just one of many resources
    you use in your job search.

Work with the friendly Nelson Recruiting Team in your next job search! Check out current positions available, or submit your resume.