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How do I become a recruiter?

  • 09-03-2021 10:30 AM
Written by
Larissa Kampert

You have the ambition to start as a recruiter, but you don't know where to start or what training you need. To answer the question of how to become a recruiter, it is first of all important to know what a recruiter is. After all, you don't want to take the wrong direction as a recruiter. What? There are different directions as a recruiter? Hell yeah! We have collected all the information for you, so that you can get off to a flying start as a recruiter.

What is a recruiter?

A recruiter is someone who recruits staff and ensures that open vacancies are filled. The recruiter can make use of his own network, social media such as LinkedIn or his general knowledge of the market in which he has to recruit. The main task of a recruiter is (in large part) matching the right candidate to the right company. You can, however, distinguish four different recruiters from each other, namely:

  • Corporate Recruiters

These are recruiters who are recruiting for their own company. For example, if you work at bol.com, you will have to recruit candidates who will work for bol.com.

  • Recruitment Consultant

Recruitment Consultants mainly work for recruitment & selection agencies. They are therefore looking for candidates for different companies to which they are no longer affiliated.

  • Headhunters

Headhunters focus on candidates who demand an above-average income (from € 100,000 per year). This branch of recruitment is also called executive search, partly because these are the absolute "top candidates".

  • Consultants

Intermediaries often work for an employment agency. An employment agency takes care of the entire process, unlike a recruitment & selection agency. An employment agency therefore hires a candidate itself, while a recruitment & selection agency only proposes candidates to the employer.

It is therefore a good idea to consider in advance which direction you want to go. So ask yourself several questions. Do I want to recruit for one company? Or do I like to have a lot of contact with different companies? Do I like to handle the entire recruitment process or does my strength lie in finding (sourcing) the ideal candidate? Once you can answer these questions, it will be easier to choose a "recruiter direction".

How do I become a recruiter?

Now that you know what a recruiter is, what he does and where he works, just one question remains. How do you become a recruiter? Becoming a recruiter is quite simple and sometimes you don't even need a piece of paper. Many recruiters gradually entered the branche, others have followed training in various directions. However, at the very least a Bachelor level of thought is required. The most relevant courses for a recruiter are:

  • Business Administration
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Psychology
  • Organizational Sciences

Have you not followed the above courses? No problem! Often times, a company would like to invest in you and they give you the opportunity to grow in their business. So even if you don't have the right paper, you still have a good chance that you can become a recruiter as soon as the company sees potential in you. Your soft skills are just as not more important in this industry than your hard skills.

In short, you have various options for becoming a recruiter and actually exercising this profession. All you have to do is find the right company where you can express your ambition. Good luck!

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