Careers in Recruiting


Looking for an entry level job or internship in recruiting? Here's an overview of how to approach the search and a list of companies that might have entry level and internship opportunities that will interest you.

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If you’re following March Madness this year, you might have watched UNC’s final game. Quickly after they lost, the UNC trio of Kendall Marshall, John Henson, and Harrison Barnes made the decision to go pro. Between their departure and Tyler Zeller graduating, the Tar Heels need to add some depth down-low immediately. As a result Roy Williams will need to do some recruiting. When there’s a position open within a team, or a company, Recruiters find and place the perfect person to fill the role so that the company can be successful.

Recruiting Careers

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Recruiting Career Guide Overview

  1. What a Recruiter Does
  2. A Typical Day for a Recruiter
  3. Salary and Career Progression for a Recruiter
  4. Best Locations for Recruiters
  5. Pros and Cons of Being a Recruiter
  6. What You Need to Know for a Career in Recruiting
  7. Recruiting Resources
  8. Careers Related to Recruiting
  9. Companies with Jobs and Internships in Recruiting

What a Recruiter Does

A Recruiter works to find and match the right person to a position within a company. Recruiters can either work within an organization’s human resources department (internal) or on an outsourced basis (external). External Recruiters, commonly referred to as headhunters, typically work for multiple clients at once. Unlike Internal Recruiters, External Recruiters have minimal or no focus on other HR tasks. Recruiters can be generalists or specialists in a particular niche or geographical region as small as a city. Niche recruiters focus on specific industries or types of employees, such as information-technology professionals, senior-level executives, or sales professionals.

A Typical Day for a Recruiter

While a typical day for a Headhunter varies it might include some of these tasks:

Salary and Career Progression for a Recruiter

A Recruiter typically makes between $28,835-$73,495 per year. From that you can go onto become a Human Resources Manager ($35,393-$90,762 on average per year), a Human Resources Generalist ($31,398-$68,313), or a Recruiting Manager ($34,655-$113,555 on average per year).

Best Locations for Recruiters

Here are some hot spots for Recruiters:

Pros and Cons of Being a Recruiter


What You Need to Know for a Career in Recruiting

While it’s not always a requirement to have a bachelor’s degree to be a Recruiter, it certainly helps to have one in business or human resources. Beyond that you’ll want to select a specific industry to specialize in, as you’ll need to know the basic ins and outs of the hiring processes of those types of companies. Furthermore, by focusing on a niche market, you’ll be able to develop your reputation more easily. To dive in, set up a LinkedIn page for yourself and get involved in related community group discussions. You should also begin networking locally by going to related trade events.

Recruiting Resources

If recruiting still sounds like your cup of tea, here are a few things you should do to get started.

Required Reading

Key Folks to Follow on Twitter

Blogs and Websites

Networking Opportunities

Careers Related to Recruiting

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General Assembly - General Assembly is based in NYC and is “offering full-time immersive programs, long-form courses, and classes and workshops on the most relevant skills of the 21st century.”

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FranConnect - FranConnect is a Reston, VA based company that offers Franchise Management Systems to big name clients like Dairy Queen and The UPS Store.

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Laika - Laika is a Hillsboro and Portland, OR based “animation company specializing in feature films, commercials and short films.”

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Center for Talent Innovation - The Center for Talent Innovation is an NYC non-profit that conducts "research that leverages talent across the divides of gender, generation, geography and culture."

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Homejoy - Homejoy is a San Francisco, CA based company that makes “cleaning services available to a broad audience, rather than a luxury for the rich.”

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BELL - BELL is a Boston, MA based non-profit that aims “to transform the academic achievements, self-confidence, and life trajectories of children."

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The Nerdery - The Nerdery is a Bloomington, MN based company that partners “with creative minds and big thinkers to engineer and build award-winning interactive projects.”

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Matchbox - Matchbox is a Boston, MA based startup that built an iPad app that completely overhauls the way colleges admit students.

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Work Market - Work Market is a company that “give businesses access to an on-demand scalable work force," and they're hiring themselves.

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