(Closed) Any recruiters out there? Nervous about a commission based job..

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m a recruiter – I would never work in a 100% commission environment. I’m paid a salary, plus a quarterly bonus based on hiring manager satisfaction and quality of candidates I hire. I feel like if a recruiter is motivated 100% by their own paycheck, it can’t make a positive experience for the candidate or the client. Do you need to cold call for your job orders? Are you on commission vs. draw? Are you paid a percentage of the candidate’s salary or a flat bonus? How many job orders or placements do you need to make quota each month/quarter? Idk, have you tried searching glassdoor for reviews? 

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@Ellegee:  +1

Although I don’t have any experience to offer with recruiting, I would also be VERY nervous about a 100% commission job. Best of luck in your interview and keep us posted on what you decide!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@jrzvol:  Draw is basically an amount that you need to produce in order for you to earn your commission paycheck. In some cases, if you don’t meet the draw quota, you owe the company the difference. You need to “make draw” in order for you to earn your commission, so if your draw is $3k, you won’t get a commission paycheck until you earn $3,001. If you interview, ask to get everything in writing so you know exactly how much you need to produce toand money and to make $40k. Also ask specifically about training and attrition!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@onesweetworld:  Although I don’t have any experience to offer with recruiting, I would also be VERY nervous about a 100% commission job.


I’ve worked on straight commission twice, and I was miserable both times. I never want to do that again. 

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Entry level recruiting is rough, its lots of pressure and its even worse if its 100 % commission. 

I wouldn’t throw away your job just yet!

I know Maxim Healthcare ( recruiting/staffing)  http://www.maximhealthcare.com/locations/ has a ton of location and offers weekly base pay plus benefits and has many entry level openings. I’m not sure if you have one near you, or that this is a great company, but its just one I cam across that gives you full cycle recruiting experience plus a safety net.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I have a friend who went into recruiting because she couldn’t find anything else after she graduated from college. Her base pay is $30,000 + commission for any deals she makes (which is pretty low considering the BS she has to deal with). In the beginning she was completely miserable and said you had to have no soul in order to make it. There was a lot of cold calling and they were given absolutely no leads or direction so it was like working in circles. Members of the same team would end up calling the same HR person because they had no idea what the other member was doing. She likes her job more now because she’s been able to close a few deals but I definitely think it can eat away at you over time.

And to quote @Ellegee, “I feel like if a recruiter is motivated 100% by their own paycheck, it can’t make a positive experience for the candidate or the client.” I totally agree with this and I’d imagine you’d be in a very intense and cut throat environment. Not exactly my cup of tea but you said you’ve worked sales before and it sounds like you’re very motivated so I think you can do it! The only thing I’m uneasy about is the 100% commission based salary…

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I work for an auto company so the salesmen make 100% commission. Because of that, hiring is actually fairly easy because the managers don’t have much to lose. However, a lot of people get fired easily for that same reason.

They make a lot of money but it’s sooo cutthroat. They get really competitive and pretty vicious with each other at times because if they’re not selling, they’re not getting paid and they could possibly get fired for it.

Before that I was a waitress for $3.50 plus tips – the jobs are more secure but the viciousness and cutthroat aspects I mention before were still there.

Consider your options very carefully. From what I’ve seen, commission employees are under a lot of stress to succeed and it doesn’t always make for a pleasant work environment. It’s something I would only consider for very driven, competitive people.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

That’s good that you basically got a new better job.  I would’ve advised you to stay away from the recruiting/ commission job also.  I’m basically a recruiter for persons with disabilities trying to place them in jobs and well it’s rough, though I do make an hourly wage, plus bonuses for placeements but it’s pretty hard especially with the job market.  Good luck at your new job, it sounds much better than your current lol.

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