How to write a Recruiter job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Recruiter job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Recruiter job titles

  • Recruiter
  • Senior Recruiter
  • Recruiter (Healthcare Industry)
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • HR Sourcing Specialist
  • Technical Recruiter

Recruiter job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Recruiter job summary

Our medical equipment company is seeking a Sales Recruiter to acquire new talent for our rapidly growing sales department. We need a team of highly specialized and talented sales professionals who can keep pace with current growth and create new opportunities for distribution. Our Recruiter must have extensive experience working with outside sales representatives, particularly in the medical or pharmacological industries. The successful candidate will have a keen eye when reviewing resumes and conducting interviews. If you’re sharp, professional and sales-oriented, we would like to speak with you about this opportunity.

Recruiter responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Recruiter responsibilities

  • Work with outside headhunters and staffing agencies to identify new talent in outside sales
  • Review and analyze resumes using our in-house ATS software program
  • Scour job search websites for potential recruits and contact those candidates personally
  • Interview potential sales staff members using industry-standard techniques
  • Introduce new hires to the company and walk them through the hiring and training process
  • Serve as an employee advocate for new hires as well as established employees
  • Complete all new-hire paperwork with candidates who meet the expectation of the job

Recruiter qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Recruiter skills

  • 7+ years’ recruiting experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrable experience in medical industry recruiting and sales recruiting
  • Effective negotiating skills
  • Extensive knowledge of applicant tracking software programs
  • Familiarity with online job hunting websites
  • Ability to travel when necessary (less than 25%)
  • Working knowledge of the medical sales industry

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Job Description Examples

Need help writing a job description for a specific role? Use these job description examples to create your next great job posting. Or if you’re ready to hire, post your job on Indeed.

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