Finding the Right Fit: 5 Characteristics of a Top Recruiting Firm

by Modis on February 10, 2015

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If you’re looking for a recruiting job, you’ve probably learned that there are a lot of options to consider. You could work for a company in-house, pursue a position at a small agency or work for a big firm. You could even start your own business as a solo consultant.

If your mind is made up and you want to join a recruiting firm, consider these 5 things that your top choices should bring to the table:

1. Good Base Pay

Many recruiting firms pay a base salary plus commission. Some opportunities are commission-only. In both of these roles, it’s not unheard of for top recruiters to be making more than $200K.

When evaluating an opportunity, however, you should be wary of firms that offer low base pay — it could be a sign of a business with an unstable revenue pipeline or client base. A high base pay is a sign of a healthy business — and one that values your individual contributions. It’s a stamp of confidence that the firm will make a strong effort to keep you employed through any economic circumstance.

2. Benefits

Before accepting a role at a recruiting firm, take the time to carefully evaluate your benefits package — top-notch insurance, flexible hours, and plenty of vacation time. As a recruiter, you’ll be putting in long hours, and you’ll want to make sure that you’re employed with an organization that is committed to keeping you happy, healthy, and comfortable. When this is the case, you’re more likely to do your best work. Top recruiting firms also offer some not so well known perks. Check those out here.

3. Education

As a recruiter, you’ll want to evolve and grow in your career. Maybe you’ll want to try a bit of marketing, or you’ll want to specialize in sourcing technical talent. Maybe your goal is to one day start your own business.

No matter your goals, your employer should be committed to helping you achieve what you want out of your career. When job-hunting, look for firms that offer a learning stipend, as well as educational opportunities in-house. Look for roles that will prepare you for the job you want five years from now.

4. Training

The best training comes from actual experience. In addition to completing education and certification programs, you’ll want to shadow executives on the job, participate in management trainings, and spend time learning skills to advance within your role.

Look for companies that will be open to helping your explore — through management trainings, conference sponsorship, and opportunities to take on new types of projects. Your job should be an opportunity that you can mold into your own.

5. Culture

The relationships you build at work will be invaluable — which is why you should immerse yourself among teams of people worth admiring and respecting. Most importantly, you need to surround yourself with supportive teammates who will help you enjoy your work, grow as an individual, and have fun along the way.

Find the Right Fit for You

The right organization will help you nurture your strengths, explore new opportunities, and craft your own ‘dream job.’ Along the way, you’ll be paid well — with the opportunity to make new friends. The right firm is out there, and it’s up to you to find it.

If you want to join one of the best recruiting teams in the country, contact Modis today or check out for all of our open jobs.

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