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A Career as a Recruiting Manager

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Recruitment involves approaching, interviewing, testing and judging suitable candidates for various job openings. There are various recruitment consultancies that help other organizations solve staffing issues by helping them hire qualified people. The recruitment team consists of junior executives, senior recruiters, team leads, assistant managers and manager or HR head. So, if you think that you can perceive the capabilities of individuals and match them to respective temporary or permanent positions, then a career in recruiting is apt for you.

The recruiting manager is responsible for getting in touch with the candidates interviewing them and then finally selecting them for suitable jobs. He may or may not do this himself as there are others members in his team. However, all crucial decisions are made by the recruiting manager.

As a recruiting manager your task would not be restricted to managing but also involves guiding the hired individuals. As a recruiting manager you would get a chance to work with client companies, and thus build relationships to attain a better perspective of their recruitment needs. The manager is also responsible for:

  • Managing job advertisements, checking ad copy and layout
  • Ensuring that the job marketing campaign is being carried out suitably
  • Screening and selecting candidates and interviewing them
  • Asking junior HR executives to find out about candidates' backgrounds and accreditations
  • Building healthy relationship with the clients
  • Develop an understanding about the client's requirements and work culture
  • Providing professional help and guidance to recruited staff
  • Developing online processes for easier recruitment
  • Planning innovative recruitment solutions
  • Cross check the references and suitability of the applicants
  • Negotiating salaries during final interview round
  • Conducting HR training and development activities
  • Designing and conducting new employee orientation
  • Solving employee issues
  • Conducting HR surveys
The recruiting manager's profession is open to all graduates, but having a degree in public relations, human resources, marketing, humanities, or other related field can increase your prospects of getting into it. Those with postgraduate degrees in these streams are preferred for the executive level posts. Having relevant experience and skills in recruiting can give you an upper edge over other candidates. Even though recruitment agencies prefer hiring professional and qualified applicants, there are plenty of entry level jobs available for recruiting managers.

Along with apt educational qualification, a recruitment manager needs to be well organized, disciplined, a good speaker and must also have leadership and organizational skills. He must be dressed well as he is one of the first person one meets before joining a company. He must therefore ensure that he forms a good impression. He must have good analytical and observing skills to be able to distinguish between a suitable applicant and someone who is not fitting for the job. Communication skills are vital as they need to interact with candidates, company heads, junior HR executives and others. The manager should also be able to organize and schedule various tasks with effective support from other team members.

The other skills that a recruiting manager should possess include the potential for handling multiple tasks. He or she should be familiar with problem-solving techniques. Sales orientation and creativity skills are helpful for the recruiting managers.

Demonstrating professionalism to clients is one of the most vital skills required by a recruiting manager. Any display of carelessness, lack of organizational and communication skills would mean deterioration in the faith that a client has on the manager.

Additional training in management, industrial relations, public relations, marketing and organizational behavior would be advantageous. You can join as an intern initially in some reputable recruiting company or any other organization with a separate HR department to get a good exposure about how recruitment works. Nothing can substitute practical experience

A demonstrated progressive work experience in the field of human resource can be one of the significant points in your resume to secure a job in a reputed placement company. Relevant experience in technical and non-technical recruitment is sought after by employees at times.

The question might often occur to those who consider choosing to become a recruiting manager, what are the prospects and salaries offered in this job? Those with this contemplation in their mind can leave their worries aside as a recruiting managers' job is quite a lucrative career.

An experienced recruiting manager, with more than 20 years of experience can earn as much as $70,000 – $90,000. Those with an experience of 5 – 10 years can earn up to anything from $50,000 - $ 70,000 per year. Those with an experience between 1- 4 years can earn from $40,000 - $ 60,000 annually. A fresher in recruiting field can earn from $30,000 - $ 50,000 per year.

The recruiting industry is always going to be in demand, as companies are constantly looking for new employees. No wonder the competition in the field is also quite fierce. A high growth is anticipated in the prospects of the entry level jobs in the field ion the coming years.

A recruiting career option is quite promising as every industry needs to hire new people. You can begin as an HR executive and go on to become a senior recruiter, assistant manager and then recruiting manager. The job of a recruiting manager is quite challenging and involves dealing with new people on a daily basis. It is quite interesting for those with good management skills, appropriate qualification and ability to judge people.
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