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What Does a Recruiting Generalist Do?

Recruiting generalists are the jack-of-all-trades among recruiters. A recruiting generalist recruits for a variety of roles depending on company needs. Unlike technical recruiters and other specialized roles, recruiting generalists have a wide array of candidates in their network. They can tap into this extensive pool of professionals to fulfill both technical and non-technical roles within various parts of the organization. 


Why Are Recruiting Generalists Important?

Companies, especially ones with small recruiting teams, can benefit from having recruiting generalists who support diverse recruiting needs. Recruiting generalists are comfortable with recruiting for multiple job openings from different departments simultaneously. This ability to recruit for professionals with varying technical and non-technical backgrounds provides companies and hiring managers the flexibility to assign open roles to a single recruiter. In comparison, specialist recruiters may find themselves with limited work if a company significantly decreases hiring volume for those positions. 

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Is Recruiting Generalist a Good Career?

Working as a recruiting generalist is a great career for many human resource professionals. However, it’s important for recruiters to consider the advantages and disadvantages of becoming a recruiting generalist when deciding on their career path and the industry in which they want to work. 


Advantages of Becoming a Recruiting Generalist

  1. With their knowledge of the different departments within a company and how they work together, recruiting generalists can provide a holistic view of the company to candidates. 
  2. Having experience as a recruiting generalist provides access to more career opportunities in the market. With experience recruiting for a variety of roles and industries, recruiting generalists are able to match their skill sets to a wide range of companies and industries. On the other hand, specialized recruiters are better suited to work in industries and recruit for roles in which their specialization is needed.
  3. Recruiting generalists tend to be more versatile than specialists and can easily change their approach to sourcing and screening depending on the role for which they’re recruiting. 

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Disadvantages for Recruiting Generalists

  1. Recruiting generalists may not have as deep of a professional network when it comes to niche talent, such as software engineers. If they’re unable to recruit for a role within a targeted date, a company may have to spend additional money on a staffing agency. 
  2. Specialized recruiters typically have a greater understanding of where to source for particular roles and are often in constant contact with those networks. As a result, recruiting generalists may not get to those highly sought after prospective candidates as quickly or efficiently. 
  3. There is often a learning curve for recruiting generalists when they begin sourcing for a job opening or role for which they’ve never recruited, especially when compared to recruiting specialists who consistently work on those roles. 


How Much Does a Recruiting Generalist Make?

The salary and benefits for recruiting generalist depends on a variety of factors including the size of a company, industry, experience level needed, location and responsibilities. The overall market salary rate may also change based on economic factors such as inflation. To get a sense of current salary rate for recruiters, use Built In’s salary tool


How Do I Become a Recruiting Generalist?

For People Without Recruiting Experience

For people without recruiting experience, it’s important to become familiar with the responsibilities of a recruiting generalist. You can do this by taking courses and certifications. In fact, online learning platforms like Built In Learning Lab offer courses on sourcing and recruiting. There are also companies that offer recruiting internships, which is a great way to get hands-on recruiting experience for people who are interested in a career as a recruiting generalist. 


For Recruiting Specialists Who Want to Transition

In order to transition to a recruiting generalist role, a recruiting specialist should try to gain experience recruiting for roles outside their specialization. A great start is to make sure your recruiting manager is aware of your career development goals. It’s also beneficial for recruiting specialists to build relationships with hiring managers they don’t typically work with in order to gain their trust in hopes of recruiting for their teams in the future.