What Does a Recruiter Do?

What Does a Recruiter Do?

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Recruiters play a crucial role in the hiring process by sourcing and recommending candidates to hiring managers. In this blog, we will explore the responsibilities and characteristics of recruiters, as well as the importance of understanding their perspective when applying for a job.

The Role of Recruiters

A recruiter is a professional who is paid to find suitable candidates for job openings. They act as a bridge between the hiring company and potential candidates. Recruiters are typically engaged by the hiring manager to fulfill the company’s staffing needs.

Company’s Perspective

It’s important to remember that recruiters always work for the company that posts the job position. Their loyalty lies with the hiring company, and their primary goal is to identify individuals who meet the company’s requirements. Recruiters are not employed by the candidates themselves.

This distinction is essential to understand because it explains why recruiters prioritize the needs of the company over the needs of the candidates. It also sheds light on the nature of communication between recruiters and potential candidates.

The Recruiter’s Background

Recruiters typically have a background in Human Resources (HR). They have received formal education and training in HR practices, which equip them with the necessary skills to perform their job effectively. However, it’s crucial to note that their expertise may not align with the specific job postings they are working on.

For example, if a recruiter is responsible for sourcing candidates for a legal position, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the recruiter has a background in law. Recruiters are versatile professionals who can cater to various industries and job roles.

Implications for Candidates

Understanding the role and perspective of recruiters can significantly impact how candidates approach the application process. Here are two key implications to keep in mind:

  1. Meeting Job Requirements: Recruiters primarily focus on whether candidates meet the posted job requirements. To increase your chances of being considered, it’s crucial to carefully review the job description and ensure that you possess the necessary qualifications.
  2. Using the Right Terminology: Since recruiters may not have an in-depth understanding of the specific job field, it’s essential to use the terminology and language used in the original job ad. By using the same words and lingo, you can effectively communicate your suitability for the position and ensure that recruiters recognize your qualifications.

By aligning your application with the job requirements and using the appropriate terminology, you can enhance your chances of standing out to recruiters.


Recruiters are vital players in the hiring process, responsible for sourcing and recommending candidates to companies. While recruiters may not possess expertise in the specific job field, they play a crucial role in identifying candidates who meet the company’s requirements. Understanding the perspective of recruiters and tailoring your application accordingly can significantly increase your chances of success.


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