Becoming an Independent Recruiter can offer more freedom, flexibility, and earning potential. Here’s what to keep in mind when freelance recruiting:
1. Gain experience: It is recommended to have 5 years of experience at a staffing agency before starting your own freelance recruiting career. This will give you the skills and network you need to find clients and candidates.
2. Niche down: Specialise in a specific industry to become an expert and communicate effectively with clients and candidates.
3. Plan and set up your business: Consider your target niche, work location, client acquisition strategy, and candidate sourcing plan. Set up a limited company, choose a business name, open a business bank account, use an applicant tracking system (ATS), and an accountant.
4. Find clients: Hunt for companies actively hiring and pitch your services. Charge 10–25% of the candidate’s annual salary. Have a contract written up by a lawyer to ensure payment.
5. Sourcing candidates: Utilise your extensive network built over the years and be experienced in finding suitable candidates for open positions.
We appreciate that finding clients as a freelance recruiter can have its challenges… especially when it comes to finding new clients! Read our blog on How To Find Clients As A Freelance Recruiter to give you some ideas and strategies on how to approach this.
Need tools to support you as a freelance recruiter? Giig offers a free ATS that has everything you need for your applicant tracking. Once you have started building your network/database on Giig you will then have the added benefit of being connected to clients that use the Giig marketplace.
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