Do You Have What It Takes To Be An Executive Recruiter? Are you looking for a job you can do from home, that allows you to earn a professional income, without any specialized licensing or educational requirements? If you answered yes, it's time to consider a career in the wonderful world of Executive Recruiting. What exactly is a Recruiter, and what do they do? How much money can a work from home Recruiter expect to earn? How do you figure out what jobs you want to recruit for? Should you work by yourself, or should you connect with an established Recruiting Firm? Let's address the above questions and help you determine if your future holds recruiting as your career of choice. A professional Recruiter is an individual who is paid to match qualified job-seekers to an employer who is actively hiring. There are two types of Recruiters; retained and contingency Recruiters. A retained Recruiter is paid a portion of their fee up-front, and are retained to complete the job placement with an appropriate candidate. Unlike the retained Recruiter, a contingency Recruiter is paid only after he/she successfully places a person in the open job. Essentially, a recruiter is a salesperson. The difference between the Recruiter and the traditional salesperson, is the Recruiter is in the business of human talent acquisition. In other words, the Recruiter finds great candidates in their field, and markets that talent to a company who needs someone with those required job skills. In terms of the money an Executive Recruiter can expect to make, according to "Executive Recruiting Fees, Compensation and Other Benchmarks, 2006," Kennedy Info. Inc., the average annual income in 2006 was $106,000.00. Not bad, when you stop to consider there are no specialized licensing requirements or advanced educational criteria. Add the possible six-figure income to the flexibility of working from home, and a career in Recruiting becomes a sterling proposition! Every new Recruiter must do some soul-searching, to determine what field they want to specialize in. Healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, construction, legal, human resources, domestic services, information technology, education, etc., are all major industries to consider when choosing a direction. Once a Recruiter has a direction, it then becomes necessary to choose a niche within that specialty. A Recruiter may choose their specialty because they have a history of working in that particular industry. On the other hand, there are also Recruiters who have an interest in a particular area, and just research the field to become knowledgeable enough to talk and communicate the industry lingo. One of the biggest decisions in working as an Executive Recruiter is whether or not to work as an independent, or contracting with an established company. The positives of working as an Independent Recruiter are choosing your own hours, setting your own fees, dealing with your own clients, handling your candidates as you see fit, and basically, just calling all the shots. The negative aspects of working alone, include establishing your name in the business, relentless hours of self-training and research, loneliness and lack of comradery, lack of expertise in setting up contracts, maintaining compliance with the Internal Revenue Service, and the list goes on. There is a better way to have your "Recruiting" cake - and eat it, too. Contracting with an established Recruiting Firm will provide you with the training, the name recognition, the support, the tools and the resources, which are necessary to succeed. Sterling Professions & Associates, based in Pickerington, Ohio, contracts with virtual Recruiter trainees who are career-minded, and equipped with a fully functional home-office. There is no investment required, and each Recruiter has complete control over their work schedule. The company handles all the back office and behind the scenes work, so that the Recruiter can focus their efforts on what they get paid for - RECRUITING. To learn more about the Recruiter career opportunity with Sterling Professions & Associates, visit the website, at http://www.sterlingprofessions.com Christina Archer is a Nurse Recruiting Specialist, and manages a team of virtual recruiters with http://www.SterlingProfessions.com, a National Recruiting and Placement Firm, specializing in healthcare, human resources, business administration, legal, financial services, retail management, hospitality, IT, sales, call center, executive management, and engineering fields. If you're interested in submitting your open jobs to Sterling Professions & Associates, or becoming a Sterling Candidate, visit their website, at http://www.sterlingprofessions.com .