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I Want That Job: Senior Recruiter

Employers rely on the expertise of recruiters to find the right people for the job. Angela from FabFitFun takes us on a tour of her job as a Senior Recruiter and why its perfect for her.
By Jay Tipton
November 7, 2018

Are you inspired to become a matchmaker for employers and job seekers? Helping people connect to the right job can be your dream job too. So think about becoming a recruiter!

Getting a college degree will be the first step to starting your career as a recruiter. Beyond having a degree, having the right soft skills is essential to success. Being a people person is the primary qualification for this rewarding career which can pay a median salary of $60,350 per year.

Senior Recruiter Angela Mayhew at work at the FabFitFun offices.
Angela Mayhew (left) at the FabFitFun offices in Los Angeles. Photo – WorkingNation

The star of our video, Angela Mayhew, is a Senior Recruiter at FabFitFun, a fashion subscription service based in Los Angeles. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College. Like most recruiters, Angela’s journey to her current position has had a few steps along the way.

Since there is no defined career pathway to becoming a recruiter, you can blaze your own trail with the right combination of skills and knowledge.

Here are four facts that can lead you to become a recruiter:

  1. There is not one specific college degree required to be a recruiter, but a degree helps big time. Some of the most common bachelor’s degrees held by recruiters are in the following fields: psychology, business, journalism, human resources, and sociology.
  2. These are the most important skills required to be a fantastic recruiter: customer service, communication skills, organizational skills, applicant tracking systems & software, and decision-making skills.
  3. Often the path to becoming a recruiter begins with a different job. These are the five most common first jobs recruiters held before making the jump: sales, operations, administrative, support, and research.
  4. These are the top five industries that recruiters work in (percent of total occupation): Administrative & Support & Remediation Services (19.6%), Employment Services (16%), Professional, Scientific & Technical Services (12.6%), Government (12.5%) and Health care & Social Assistance (10.4%).
Fast facts for becoming a senior recruiter.
Image – WorkingNation

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