Has anyone worked as a recruiter for a staffing company?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Corporate recruitment jobs (and really, even internal recruitment jobs) are all more sales than HR.  Not that that’s a bad thing.  Sales is a lucrative field for those who are talented in that area.

Certainly go for the interview and ask plenty of questions.  I’ve never worked for a recruiter, but I am in HR so I have a sense of their business.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

littlemisst08:  I would proceed with caution and listen to your gut. I worked as a recruiter for a staffing agency and it was a small office with a lot of turnover — and there was a reason for that.

I’d check out the company’s review on glassdoor, try to find out why the previous recruiter left (of course, it’s hard to get the real story but even knowing whether your interviewer bad mouths the former employer could tell you something), do your best to know whether there is a high turnover rate and why (or try to figure out how long other recruiters have been with the company), and whether there is an opportunity for growth in the company. Another important aspect is whether you will be on call 24/7 whether by telephone or email, and what their expectation is for your work schedule…depending on the agency and level of work, you may at times have to plan for 60 hour weeks. Also, think about the size of the office and the team with whom you will be directly working.

Although you can learn a lot about recruiting in one of these positions to start out, it may or may not lead into a more HR-based role down the line. I interviewed with a recruiter who I respect, whose trajectory went from sales –> staffing agency recruiter –> large-scale corporate tech recruiter –> startup recruiter –> corporate again. When I gleaned from his and my own experience as a staffing recruiter was that many of the agencies are, for lack of better term, “shady,” so you may want to keep that in mind.

Regardless, best of luck with your search!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

littlemisst08:  My pleasure! And I absolutely agree with your mentioning earlier that it’s worth it to go to any interview for the practice. Good luck and always remember that everything is a learning experience in some way. Cheers! 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m trying to break into HR too. It’s so frustrating that practically every HR job requires you to have experience in HR.

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