A recruitment specialist is a professional who provides recruiting and employment advice to businesses and organizations. They are trained in finding candidates, screening them, evaluating qualifications and credentials, interviewing and hiring, and placement and compensation. Recruitment professionals help build networks of potential recruits and help their employers or companies fill key staffing positions. Recruitment professionals can assist with post-recruitment processes such as interviewing, determining the right candidate for a specific position, and placing candidates with the highest potential for success within their company. Some recruitment professionals work alone; others work in firms that have large departments of recruiters.
A recruitment specialist conducts screenings of potential candidates. They evaluate applicants on skill sets, experience, and qualifications to determine if they possess the skills and knowledge needed for the position. Once a suitable candidate is found, the professional conducts screening interviews. These interviews help the professional to identify the qualities a candidate may have that could make them an excellent candidate for the job. If an employer has an existing job requirement that cannot be fulfilled based on the applicant's skills and education, the professional may suggest that the job is filled by another qualified candidate. Recruitment professionals may also help develop and post employment listings so that more potential recruits can be identified.
It is important to hire a recruitment specialist when it comes time to review or change a company's job description, or when a business needs to select the skills of a new employee for a particular position. The professional should first review the job description to make sure the job description matches the qualifications and experience of all applicants and should examine the job description to ensure that job descriptions are accurate and do not restrict job applicants from pursuing positions in which they are best suited. Once a firm has reviewed the job description and job position, the recruitment specialist should examine the applicant's educational background and work history to determine if the applicant meets the general hiring company criteria for the position. The professional should then create a job description that fits the specific requirements outlined in the job description.