Description of a College Recruiter
A career as a college recruiter involves a lot of travel, as these representatives try to attract the best and brightest high school seniors to their colleges or universities. These workers, also known as admissions counselors, promote their schools to prospective students. This may include providing them with information on the college and its programs, giving tours of campus and even helping with admission decisions.
A college recruiter's major job is promoting the school to prospective applicants. That may involve traveling to high schools to give presentations, meeting with students one-on-one, or manning an informational table at a regional college fair. That means they need to know all about their school's programs, and must be able to convince prospective students that one of these programs is a good fit.
In the admissions office, a college recruiter may help to develop print and video recruiting materials, and may give tours to visiting prospects. They also conduct one-on-one meetings with students, as a personal interview may be part of the application process. Finally, they may participate in making admissions decisions once prospective students have applied.
Salary and Opportunities
The average salary for a college recruiter as of 2012 was $46,000 a year. The job outlook for these admissions workers was a mixed bag, however: As of 2012, employment opportunities were likely, but budgetary limitations were expected to hinder recruiters' ability to travel as far and often as necessary, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As Independent Contractors Interfaith University Recruiters have great flexibility and wonderful incentives. We offer opportunities to telephone, social media and on site recruiter prospects.
Typically, a college recruiter needs a bachelor's degree. However, Interfaith University provides entry level opportunities as well. The degree's major may not be as important as intangible skills such as the ability to sell students on the college, and being able to communicate well with families on complicated matters such as financial aid. Recruiters also need strong organizational skills in order to keep track of prospects. Recruiters who did not attend the college they work for will need to learn all about its history and programs shortly after they are hired, as well.