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Recruiter Hiring Up, But Slowing

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Demand for recruiters has slowed in the last few months, but the overall job count remains strong across the U.S.

Wanted Analytics says the number of jobs for recruiters is 12 percent higher than a year ago, with some 14,000 ads for recruiting jobs posted online last month. That’s down from the peak in May, but, says Wanted, the effect may simply be seasonal, as a similar dip occurred a year ago, continuing through the end of the year, before rising sharply.

Metro New York had the largest number of recruiter jobs posted; San Francisco, with 36 percent growth in the year-over-year number of recruiter jobs, had the greatest growth.

A SimplyHired report for jobs with the word “recruiter” (this will include jobs that simply mention the word, whether the position is for a recruiter) shows a huge jump in the percentage. Somewhat over 3.5 percent of the ads on SimplyHired contained the word “recruiter” in August. Twelve months before, the percentage was a hair over 1.5 percent.

Jobs mentioning “Human Resources” declined somewhat over that same period. A year ago, about 3 percent of SimplyHired’s ads mentioned the term. In August, about 2.5 percent did.

Indeed, which tracks the Human Resources category, reported a 6 percent decrease in HR jobs in September over the same month a year before.

However, there’s more interest in HR jobs now than a year ago, at least judging from the number of clicks the ads are getting. Clicks into HR jobs of all types increased 11 percent since September 2011, Indeed reported. Of the five top job titles getting clicked, four were for HR positions — generalists, assistants, coordinators, or managers. In fifth, were ads that had “recruiter” in the title.

Wanted, which digs much deeper into the job ads, says it is seeing an increase in the types of skills employers want. In addition to the traditional skills, Wanted says recruiter jobs requiring social media skills are up 52 percent over a year ago. Those wanting negotiation skills are up 13 percent.

Recruiter ads remain online an average of five weeks. In San Francisco and Minneapolis, the ads stay up for six weeks, suggesting talent is harder to find in those areas.

John Zappe was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. Never a recruiter, he instead built online employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. As VP of one large media operation, his employment revenue alone approached $2.5 million. Besides writing for ERE, John consults with digital content operations, focusing on the advertising side. And when he’s not doing either, he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility events.