How to Become a Recruiter Without Experience?

August 18, 2022

5 min read

Recruitment is turning into a $150 billion sector, and job recruiters are now earning an average of $49,236 per year in the US, according to Indeed. So, it’s no surprise that so many people are vying for a place in this industry. However, there are some career switchers and young professionals who want to give it a go but are concerned that not having any prior experience or training might prevent them from becoming a recruiter.

It’s natural to have concerns about beginning without prior experience or recommendations. Especially if you’re new to the field or the notion of staffing agencies. If this is your situation, and you’re unsure whether or not you have what it takes, Staffing Partner is here to help. So, how to get a recruiter job with no experience? Keep reading to find out!

Essential skills of a modern recruiter

First and foremost, let’s go over crucial qualities you should have before getting into recruitment. The most important skill every recruiter should have is sales. This means you should be able to identify and assess a client’s needs using your company’s employer brand and “sell” the right candidate for the position. In addition to sales, there are various other skills a successful recruitment specialist should have:

  • Project management to efficiently manage candidate search;
  • Social media management to grasp the attention of passive specialists using popular networks;
  • Marketing to use employer brand to market for attracting rare talent;
  • Data analysis to focus on recruitment metrics to enhance their skills and pinpoint any trends;
  • Tech skills to automate the recruitment process and knowing candidate’s tech stack when working as an IT recruiter;
  • Relationship-building to focus on developing relationships with candidates while simultaneously serving as an advisor to hiring managers as well as creating a positive candidate experience.

How to get a recruiter job with no experience?

Now that we’ve gone over essential recruiter’s skills let’s move on to tips on how to get into recruitment if you have zero experience.

Know how to sell yourself and your skills

Don’t be scared to market yourself and your transferable skills to the employer. A lot of people switch to recruitment from various other industries, so that’s a common practice, and your future employer definitely knows that. Your soft and hard skills are prone to give you a boost in your new career. Even if your experience is only part-time or from college, you more than likely have transferable skills the employer is looking for. For example, jobs in customer service often teach discipline and people skills, which can be used as a recruiter. Therefore, look into any old job experiences and emphasize the useful prowess you gained from those positions.

Cold-calling is a great way to sell yourself too. The ability to cold-call is what many employer companies value a lot. It shows that you can take the initiative and are not afraid to get out of your comfort zone. 

Make your LinkedIn profile look fabulous

A LinkedIn profile is an integral part of your job search. So, what does making it fabulous mean?

If you want recruiters to be able to find you, then LinkedIn is the best way to make that happen. You don’t need extensive experience for this – even other recruiters can use this platform to find you! There are some recruiters whose only job is searching for other potential recruiters, so your LinkedIn profile must highlight all of your relevant skills.

Choose a preferable recruitment career path

Decide where you would like to work – in a staffing agency or in a company as a corporate recruiter. These two work settings have their own advantages and disadvantages. To decide which choice is best for you, do some research on working conditions at a recruiting agency and individual company.

Use your network

The most effective method to find a job in recruitment or any other sector is through networking. There’s a good chance you already know someone working in the industry. If you’re on LinkedIn, you’ve probably already linked with many recruiters.

The key is not to request a job from them but rather to gain as much information as possible about the sector. Network with both agency and corporate recruiters, as well as sourcers, who will be able to share a wealth of knowledge.

How to become a recruiter for a staffing agency?

Thinking about joining a recruiting agency? We at StaffingPartner would love to have you on our team! Every season we launch our Academy for recruiting and lead generation to help those without experience get into recruiting. Our top students are offered a job at StaffingPartner and new opportunities right away! We have already completed seven courses and graduated seven groups of fresh-made recruiting specialists, working with us and leading software development companies worldwide.

Would you like to be a part of our team? Contact us, and we’ll notify you about our eighth Academy course soon!

Read also: Soft Skills Every Successful Recruiter Should Have

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