What Does a Recruiter Do?
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.
- 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.
- 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.