Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: Busy companies need help finding talent. If you are good at matching candidates with opportunities, you like chatting people up and you’re a good judge of character, you might be great in a recruiting role.

Amava Take: If you position yourself strategically, attract the right clients and work that rolodex (yes, there’s an updated name for that), you could do really well as a recruiter. If you’ve been in a specific industry and know the players and they know you, that’s a valuable leg-up. You can work in-house, for a recruiting company or for yourself. If you’re resourceful, you can set yourself up in a flexible, lucrative situation.

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?

Relationship people are fantastic in this role.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Call the people you know. Even if they aren’t looking for a new job, they might know someone who is.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

This is a job you can do on your own terms if you work on your own or with other recruiters. If you work in-house your hours will likely be more regular.

From the Trenches:

What’s the most satisfying part of the job?

It’s amazing to find someone a new professional home when they’re looking for one.

How would you describe the hard parts?

Sometimes people are too busy to talk when I call on them. I try not to take it personally and respect people’s time.

Have you ever placed someone in a new job when they weren’t looking?

Of course!

Special Requirements: Educational requirements vary, but experience in the area you recruit for is extremely helpful. There are a lot of variables to consider, so here’s an overview of the economics of recruiting.

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Finding a Position: If you want to be a recruiter, you may want to affiliate with a top search firm. They all have their own websites and are often looking for talented people to work with them as recruiters. As you will see, these positions are sometimes listed under talent acquisition jobs, and they are in many fields. The field is so active there is a site just for recruiter jobs and information.