February 19, 2018

Top 10 Reasons to Become a Recruiter

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What do you want from your career?

Perhaps you’d like something flexible, a job you can do on your own terms. Or maybe something with massive earning potential, where the sky is seemingly the financial limit. Maybe you’d love to help other people find joy and success in their own lives.

How about a job where you can have all of that and more?

I’m talking, of course, about recruiting: a profession in which you can earn money on your own time while helping other people.

Recruiting is a great career because it gives you the flexibility to work when you want to. You can set your own hours and work around any other obligations that may arise. If you’re worried about not making much money, don’t worry- it’s one of the highest-paid jobs in the country! It’s really no wonder why so many people are attracted to this profession.

The benefits of a career in recruiting are many and varied. Here are just 10 reasons why you should consider joining this exciting industry:

1. Independence

Few careers can offer the same level of independence as a career in recruiting. While you do have the option of joining a recruitment agency or working as an in-house recruiter for a company, you can also fly solo.

Thanks to recruitment marketplaces like Recruiter.com, it’s easier than ever to make a living as an independent recruiter. You call the shots, working on your schedule and only taking on assignments that you find interesting. No more boring busy work or late nights at the office toiling away for a boss who doesn’t appreciate you!

It’s a win-win. You get the independence and control you crave, and companies get a reliable partner to help them find talent to grow their team. With Recruiter.com, you can be your own boss and take on as many assignments as you want.

2. Variety

Say goodbye to the mind-numbing daily routine. Instead of doing the same thing day in and day out, recruiters enjoy variety in their work. Each client is a different experience. Each open role requires different tactics to fill. Each candidate is a new and exciting addition to your professional network.

Variety, as they say, is the spice of life – and recruiters know that firsthand. There are always new and exciting moments in their day. From interviewing to sorting through job offers, recruiters never get bored.

3. Major Earning Potential

We’ve all been there before: No matter how many hours you work a day, no matter how much effort you put in, no matter how much you do for your company, your paycheck is still the same measly sum.

Not so with recruiting. As a recruiter, your compensation is tied directly to your results. The more work you put in and the more candidates you place, the more money you make. Your income is virtually unlimited.

You should consider this opportunity because it presents you with the chance to see your dream job, income, and lifestyle come true. There are virtually unlimited positions for recruiters which means there are unlimited potential earning opportunities. This career path is perfect for those who are not afraid to work hard and be self-motivated to succeed.

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4. It’s Easy to Get Your Foot in the Door

Whereas some fields require years of schooling and multiple certifications just to land an entry-level job, recruiting imposes no such barriers. All you need is a little training on the basics, and you can start filling jobs and earning money in a few weeks’ time.

Some of the benefits of recruiting are that you can find an entry-level job in a few weeks, get training on the basics, have no barriers to entry, and have the opportunity to grow your career. There are also some cons to this profession. Recruiting is very stressful with long hours and high turnover rates. It may be difficult to develop long-term relationships with clients, so you have to be comfortable with that.

5. Be on the Cutting Edge of Technology

Some of the most exciting innovations in business technology are coming from the recruitment software sector. Today’s recruiters are leading the charge to bring machine learning, artificial intelligence, and new communication technologies to the masses. If you’ve always enjoyed being an early adopter of new tech, recruiting may be the career for you.

The new communication technologies recruiters are adopting are social media, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, which can be seen as exciting.

6. Get Paid to Help People

As a recruiter, you’ll help other professionals find fulfilling jobs, and you’ll help clients find the talent they need to power their innovative businesses. At the end of the day, a recruiter gets paid to make people’s lives better. What could be more rewarding than that?

As recruiter and career expert Tiffany Gibson said in a recent Recruiter Q&A, “Connecting people with opportunities and building relationships with job seekers is what makes each day very rewarding – as do understanding the challenges that job seekers face when going through the recruitment process and being part of the moment when you get to say my favorite words to them: ‘We would like to offer you this opportunity.'”

The life of a recruiter is not always an easy one. There are the downsides which include late hours, difficult clients and high levels of stress. However, when you can find work/life balance, enjoy your job, and genuinely like who you’re working with it all becomes worth it.

7. Play a Role in Shaping Top Companies

Talent is the engine of any business. Google wouldn’t be what it is if it didn’t have stellar people on its payroll.

As a recruiter, you get to help shape the Googles of today and tomorrow. Every time you fill a role, you help a company create the workforce it needs to produce amazing products and services that could change the world. The next Facebook could come as the result of a placement you make!

As a recruiter, you get to shape the future of companies. You help companies find the talent they need to produce products and services that could change the world. It’s entirely possible that one of your placements could result in the next Facebook!

8. Big Challenges – and Big Rewards

Recruiting is a challenging role – but that’s exactly why so many people have chosen to make it their career.

“After having a taste of what being a recruiter means, I decided to make a career out of it as I realized how challenged, stimulated, and motivated I felt every day,” recruiter Alessia Pagliaroli of Goldbeck Recruiting said in a recent Recruiter Q&A. “Each project is different, and you are lucky enough to be exposed to different types of industries and learn something new every time.”

You see, a recruiter is a lot like a detective, piecing together clues from a variety of sources – the client, the job post, the candidate, social media, industry trends, etc. – to find the perfect fit for a role. Hunting down top talent can be tough, but who doesn’t enjoy the thrill of the chase? Plus, the big challenges always come with big (monetary) rewards.

shadow9. Gain New Skills

While it’s more than possible to become an expert recruiter, you’re never truly a master of the field – because there’s always something new to learn.

Recruiting requires skill sets from a variety of disciplines: an executive’s knack for negotiation; a private eye’s penchant for puzzles; a marketer’s ability to amplify the message and get it to the right audience; a salesperson’s persuasive pitch skills; and a whole lot more! A career in recruiting is one of the best ways to become a well-rounded, multitalented professional.

Plus, if you ever decide to leave recruiting for something else, there’s a very strong chance the skills you picked up in the recruiting industry will be transferable to your next role, no matter what that role is.

10. Build Your Professional Network

As a recruiter, you’ll come into contact with candidates and clients from all manner of industries and all walks of life. Each connection you make is a new link in your professional network, which in turn brings more exciting opportunities within reach. New jobs, new partners, new clients, seminars, classes, speaking engagements, and even friendships: Your ever-growing network puts them all within reach.

Some quick networking tips:

1. Be a good conversationalist-small talk is a great way to start a conversation. But keep in mind that networking events often have multiple conversations going on at once so if you find someone you have something in common with, don’t monopolize their time or neglect others waiting to speak with you or them.

2. Give before receiving-it’s the law of reciprocity and it will help you stand out from the crowd of people clamoring for attention. Try complimenting someone on their business cards, thanking them for coming to this event, or passing along the name of a mutual acquaintance that you think they might know.

Ready to join the exciting world of recruiting? Then check out the Recruiter.com Certification Program, an immersive 12-week course that will teach you everything you need to know to become a successful recruiter on the Recruiter.com Job Market Platform. Sign up today!

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Matthew Kosinski is the former managing editor of Recruiter.com.