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Is being a recruiter a good career choice?

Asked by KittyKatBev (13points) September 21st, 2016

Being a recruiter is not a mainstream career but is it worth it?

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ragingloli's avatar

recruitment for what?

Buttonstc's avatar

Military or headhunter for business positions.

chyna's avatar

In 4 years with my old company we had 5 different recruiters. I never knew why they kept leaving, if they were fired or if they quit. But that seems to be a high turnover type job. I think if you are needing a secure long term position, this job isn’t for you. Perhaps a recruiter for the armed services is more stable.

Cruiser's avatar

Depends on your definition of “worth it” is. I was recruiting chairman for our Boy Scout Troop for 3 years and found it to be a very rewarding position.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Recruiters are the first ones on the lay-off list if there is a headcount reduction (I’ve had many friends that were recruiters, they always had the next job lined-up)

CWOTUS's avatar

Welcome to Fluther.

Being anything that you mostly enjoy being and doing anything that you mostly enjoy doing in order to earn sufficient income to have the things that you mostly need and want will be a totally fine career choice.

However, you need to be more specific, a lot more specific. “A recruiter” means very little on its own. It’s the details that matter; it’s the details that always matter.

So I would suggest that you narrow your focus to an industry, a type of career (working with people, working with machines and things, working with data or numbers, etc.) and even an organization or specific company.

On the other side of your equation (the equation being a question of whether “recruiter = the effort to become a recruiter”), you have to also specify the effort that you expect, intend and are willing to commit.

Would “being a recruiter” be worth swimming across an ocean, climbing Mount Everest naked and risking life and limb in a trek across the Sahara? Probably not, to most people. Would it be worth that to you? Doubtful. But would it be worth spending the effort to graduate from high school with decent grades, working on social skills to improve your interviewing capabilities and learning something about the organization for which you intend to work? Only you can tell.

EDIT to add:
Truthfully, it sounds like a pretty low goal, and even so one that might be difficult to achieve without some experience and time spent in the organization in some way. For example, the US Army, while always on the lookout for recruiters who can help them to win enlistees, does not hire recruiters out of high school or college. They want people with “relevant Army experience”, who can knowledgeably convey information to potential recruits, “this is how it is; this is how it was for me when I started”. You have to spend time in the trenches to have relevant information to convey.

kritiper's avatar

Maybe. Can you be honest with people? Military recruiters are usually military people who may have a quota to fill. So some lie to make that quota. Could you do that?

dabbler's avatar

In-house recruiters seem to have a whole different life than outside recruiters.
In-house recruiters have to sell jobs that people are not clamoring for in the first place.
Outside recruiters get a piece of the action for every placement, and they have to constantly sell their services to both available talent and to companies who might be interested.

Only fields with professional compensation levels can support long careers for their recruiters – IT is one example where unless you have an inside connection, the best way to get a job is through a good recruiter.

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