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What is a recruiter? Generally speaking, a recruiter is someone who looks for new employees for a business. In most cases, they are contracted by the business or several different businesses and do nothing but recruiting. In other cases, they may be a direct employee of one business and have the goal of recruiting new employees for that business and that business only.

While the main job of a recruiter is to find qualified applicants, there are many different types of specialized recruiters. These people have more specific goals in most cases, and have a specific type of employee that they are looking for. Here are some of the types of recruiters that are currently working in the recruiting industry.

Executive Temporary Recruiter



The goal of the executive temporary recruiter is quite straightforward. This is, as the name suggests, a person who looks for executive workers who are seeking a temporary position. This type of recruiter is given a very specific directive. They will have information about the opening, the work to be done, the amount of pay, and so forth. In most cases, the recruiter is employed by an agency which deals with paying the temporary employee.

Contingency Recruiter

This type of recruiter has the goal of identifying and finding candidates for a hiring company based on specific requirements regarding the position to be filled. The criteria required by the company are given to the recruiter, and the recruiter uses this information to find the right employees. There is no guarantee that the candidate will be hired by the company, and there is no payment made to the recruiter until and unless the candidate is hired.

Generalist Recruiter

This type of recruiter is either an individual or an agency. They deal with a wide variety of industries and positions. There are no limitations for the generalist recruiter; they work to find employees for a wide variety of positions and tasks. These people often work at a national level as well; therefore, it is required that the recruiter also have a generalized knowledge of the different industries available.

Specialist Recruiter

This is a more specific position. The specialist recruiter sticks to one industry or one job type. The effort is focused and has the responsibility of finding the right candidate for the job or industry. Many people, hiring companies and job seekers alike, strive to find the specialist recruiters because they have a more focused search, which makes it easier for companies to find exactly who they are looking for, as well as for job seekers to find exactly the type of job that they are qualified to perform.

Retained Recruiter

This type of recruiter is perhaps the best paid of all the recruiter types. They are reimbursed for all expenses related to locating the right type of employee. They also deal with specifics in regards to positions and qualifications for a job. The retained recruiter is paid a fee upon hiring, and is provided payment for any expenses that occurred while trying to find the right candidate. However, there may also be a fee to be paid even if no one is hired or the recruiter could not find the right candidate for the job.

Temporary Agency

This type of recruiter is very similar to the executive temporary recruiter, with one key difference. Temporary agencies deal with a broad spectrum of assignments, jobs, industries, and positions. They do not stick to just senior level positions, but work in several different areas, helping companies fulfill their staffing needs.

Contract Recruiter

This type of recruiter is a direct employee of the hiring company. Their job is to recruit and hire employees. Generally, a contract recruiter is used by large companies who do a great deal of hiring on a regular basis. They are typically in charge of recruiting, screening, and scheduling interviews.

Technical Recruiter

A technical recruiter is a specialized type of recruiter. His or her job will be to locate qualified individuals to fill IT positions. Usually you do not need a technical background to get into this type of recruiting position.

Nursing Recruiter

The goal of the nursing recruiter is specific to finding nursing jobs. This may be at a local or national level and is a very specific type of recruiting. He or she will focus only on the nursing industry and filling positions as available.

As you can see, there is a large list of different types of recruiter jobs. In order to become a recruiter, you essentially need to look over this list and decide where your talents lie. You have many choices, so you should have no problems finding something that interests you. Recruiters are in high demand as more and more people are looking for work and, at the same time, hiring companies are looking for someone to help them with their hiring process or staffing difficulties.
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