Since recruiters so often play a critical role in deciding which applicants are suitable for certain positions it should be a breeze for a recruiter to craft a compelling resume for a job as a recruiter!
But sometimes being so close to the position you are applying for can be intimidating. You know a lot about recruitment, but how are you going to make your resume stand out among all the other resumes submitted by knowledgeable recruiters?
Relax. We are here to help you get it right.
Resume objective for a recruiting coordinator
So, a recruiting coordinator isn’t the same as the recruiters who will be getting the first look at your resume … and, as you know, this might only be a glance!
If your job is or is going to be a recruiting coordinator you’ll be working with the recruiters, hiring managers, and talent-sourcing reps who will all play a role in whether or not you get this position.
But you probably know a whole lot about the recruitment industry and how it works and can apply your knowledge to your own resume.
One of the essential skills recruiting coordinators are required to have is the ability to work with an applicant tracking system (ATS). For your resume, you will need to identify the keywords that recruiters hiring recruiting coordinators will be looking for.
You probably know what many of these are, and the job posting will give you lots more clues in terms of specific keywords the employer considers to be important.
According to SmartRecruiters, typical keywords include technological proficiency, organizational skills, ability to work collaboratively, comfortable multitasking, robust clerical skills, and professional dress and decorum.
Applicant tracking system is another good one to include!
Use keywords in your resume objective if you include one.
Motivated, detail-oriented recruiting coordinator with three years experience managing the process from start to finish. Excellent organizational skills and technological proficiency. Ready to lead the recruitment team.
Resume skills for a recruiting coordinator
It is essential to have the right skills for a recruiting coordinator position.
While organizational skills, time management, communication, and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment are all typical skills that meet most recruitment company requirements, it’s important to check exactly what the job posting specifies. Skills are also often included as keywords in ATSs to seed out unsuitable candidates.
Remember that there are hard skills including technical and other learned skills as well as vital soft skills that include things like critical thinking, integrity, interpersonal skills, and initiative.
Recruitment specialists, including recruiting coordinators, fall into the occupational category, human resources (HR), which, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) offers a projected 7% growth in job opportunities from 2019 to 2029.
This is faster than average augurs well for the industry, and largely because companies (especially large ones) are more likely to outsource human resources functions to organizations that provide these services than employ individuals themselves.
This is why so many positions offered to recruiting coordinators are with recruitment companies.
Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills | Critical thinking | Time management | Problem-solving | Team leader | HR | ATS | MS-Office & G-Suite | Recruitment marketing | Attention to detail
Recruiting coordinator work experience
We scoured through dozens of recruiting coordinator job postings to see what sort of experience was required. Most required one to three years either in a recruiting or HR environment. Some required as many as five years of experience or more.
We have already mentioned the fact that recruiters and recruiting coordinators are HR specialists. So, even if you have only worked in other human resource fields you will qualify for some recruiting coordinator jobs.
In addition to recruiting and HR, some other examples we spotted were:
- High-volume scheduling in an engineering environment – for an urban air-mobility company.
- Operations or admin (as well as recruiting coordination).
- Customer service, sales, or hospitality.
- Project management (as well as recruiting coordination).
- Marketing, sales, customer services (and HR)
We also sampled dozens of resumes and found that most relied heavily on both HR and recruitment coordinator experience.
When you list your work experience, include any positions in recruiting and/or HR that you have had – not other jobs. Also pay careful attention to the job posting to see what kind of experience, if any, it mentions, ATS or other software experience for example.
Sample Work Experience
Recruiting Operations Coordinator, 2019 – 2020
Involved in critical moments of the recruiting experience that included scheduling, requisition management, candidate care, onboarding, and other operational aspects of the recruitment process.
- Played an active role in the company’s Net Promoter System that increased positive customer feedback by 30% from March 2019 to March 2020.
- Supported recruiters in attracting, sourcing, and screening candidates by leveraging various recruitment channels.
- Prepared and provided reports and presentations that included status, progress, and all other activity required to help make decisions relating to recruitment operations.
- Assisted in six major job fairs and hiring events. This included coordination of the events and candidate care.
Recruiting Coordinator, 2016 – 2018
Coordinated and scheduled interviews between candidates, recruiters, and hiring managers. Partnered with recruiters on hiring and sourcing needs to ensure the service we provided to clients was the very best possible.
- Provided a seamless candidate experience through the recruiting lifecycle.
- Assisted with phone screens and resume reviews.
- Maintained accurate reporting within the company’s ATS.
- Managed the new hire process by drafting role approval forms, offer letters, and reaching out to reference contacts supplied by applicants.
Recruiting Coordinator, 2015 – 2016
Worked with talent function and hiring managers coordinating candidate itineraries, and meeting and greeting candidates who were chosen for interviews.
- Maintained the company’s ATS to ensure that information was accurate.
- Collaborated on administrative projects in support of the People & Talent team.
- Was always the friendly face of Handshake for candidates accepted for an interview.
- Commended for my passion for the recruiting industry.
Recruiting coordinator education
While it is possible for recruiting coordinators to get jobs straight out of high school, according to the career-resources website, Zippia, more than half (58.3%) of recruiting coordinators have a bachelor’s degree, and 20.5% of them have master’s degrees. Some have associate’s degrees.
This indicates that about 80% of recruiting coordinators have some sort of college or university degree.
According to Study.com, the most common majors or programs they pursue are human resources, business administration, industrial psychology, or labor law.
When we research job postings we found this to be true, though there were a couple of employers who required applicants to have a bachelor of science degree in computer science, math, or any science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subject.
There are also schools and colleges that offer certificate programs in human resources that teach the core concepts of the field. Some of these courses are available online.
Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management, 2010 – 2013
Bachelor of Arts in Management, 2012 – 2015
- Human Resources concentration
Associate Degree in Human Resources, 2011
American University (online)
Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Analytics and Management, 2010
There are a few online courses suitable for recruiting professionals, particularly non-graduates.
They include the Recruitment Education Institute (REI), an online school that offers video courses on different topics. They also offer courses for SHRM certification and recertification.
Lorman Education Services offers recruiting skills training and continuing education courses. They also have white papers and other resources suitable for those in HR and recruitment.
Recruiting Toolbox offers custom training for recruiting teams of 10 or more as well as online courses for recruiters.
The recruitment company, Monster, offers a free online resources center that shows recruiters how to benefit from their job board. It also offers custom training webinars for recruiting teams.
Other courses entry-level recruiting coordinators might want to take relate mostly to software and systems including specific applicant tracking systems, salesforce software, and candidate relationship management (CRM) software.
- Candidate Focused Recruiting (REI)
- Become a Recruiter with Influence (REI)
- Recruiter Training to Help You Find Better (Monster)
- ATS Software Solutions
While there are certifications available for HR professionals these are not mandatory and are seldom required for those working as recruitment coordinators.
However, the HR Certification Institute (HRCI), which is the premier credentialing and learning organization for the human resources profession, maintains that certification has career and business benefits for anyone working in the wider HR industry.
The HRCI offers several different certification options including Associate Professional, Professional, and Senior Professional in Human Resources (aPHR, PHR, and SPHR).
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) also offers certification which is available to graduates as well as those who have worked in HR-related programs for a specified length of time.
Their two certifications are the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) available to early- and mid-career professionals and the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).
Several professional associations that operate in the compensation and benefits management sectors also offer certifications.
For example, the Association for Talent Development (ATD) offers a Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP).
- HRCI – aPHR
- HRCI – PHR
- HRCI – SPHR
- SHRM – CP
- SHRM – SCP
Complete recruiting coordinator resume sample
When we sampled recruiting coordinator resumes and job postings we singled this advert out to use for our resume sample that is tailored specifically for this job.
You can see from the advert that the job entails coordinating candidate interviews and ensuring the interview process is streamlined from start to finish. It also entails optimizing the use of the company’s ATS to maximize the efficiency of the hiring process.
The job requires a bachelor’s degree or four years of practical experience, but if you have both a qualification and experience you will have the edge on other candidates.
Additionally, this position requires at least a year of experience in a recruiting support position that involves coordination.
Qualified HR operative with eight years of recruiting coordination experience including facilitation of recruitment events. Expert in ATS functionality. Strong incentive and motivation to build a new talent and onboarding infrastructure for the best customer experience.
Excellent coordinator | Customer service | Verbal and written communication | Organized | Intuitive | Critical thinking | Attention to detail | Talent acquisition | ATS/HRIS
Recruiting Coordinator, 2018 – 2020
Worked in a team environment in the Offers role. Reported to the Lead of Recruiting Operation, Offers. Prepared employment agreements and offer letters for candidates in the Americas and Asia-Pacific region.
- Worked with internal teams to ensure a seamless onboarding process.
- Onboarded new hires in the company’s HRIS (ATS) system.
- Multi-tasked daily and prioritized effectively meeting deadlines in an extremely fast-paced environment.
- Nicknamed the expert task juggler!
Talent Acquisition Recruiting Coordinator, 2016 – 2017
Acted as the face of recruiting for the company, serving as a brand ambassador. Managed high-volume, complex candidate interviews, and hosted candidates, ensuring they all had a positive hiring manager experience.
- Managed, quality checked and maintained data integrity in the ATS, company job postings, and career pages.
- Identified opportunities for improving recruiting operations and processes all of which were accepted and implemented.
- Helped to manage and drive recruiting projects and programs including employment branding initiatives.
- Sourced and recruited entry-level candidates with strong mentorship and skilled guidance.
Production Recruiting Coordinator (HR), 2013 – 2015
Worked as part of the production manufacturing recruiting team. Participated in all communication and escalations relating to candidates, new hires, and current employees.
- Proudly represented the Tesla recruiting organization and delivered exceptional customer service.
- Played a crucial role in the fast-paced recruiting team managing email inboxes to facilitate communication with internal and external candidates, recruiters, and hiring managers.
- Took 100% responsibility for data entry updating the ATS and tracking/monitoring information for a very high volume of candidates.
- Participated in ad hoc process improvement initiatives and various recruiting process functions including dispositions.
- HRCI – SPHR
California State University
Bachelor of Science in HR Management, 2009 – 2012
- Onboarding Plan (video course – Lorman)
- Beyond the Resume: The Core 4 (REI)
- Microsoft Office Suite
Use everything you know about recruitment to write a knowledgeable, compelling resume that shows you have the character and skills to be the best recruiting coordinator the company could hire.
- You don’t have to include a resume objective in your resume, but it is a good place to use ATS keywords right up front that will get the attention of recruiters. And one thing’s for sure, this is one job where they will definitely be using an ATS! Study the job posting thoroughly to identify keywords and have a look at the company website. You will often find generic keywords in the company’s Mission and/or Vision.
- You can also use relevant keywords in the section on skills, but make sure they are skills that have been specified because these will likely be the ones the ATS will be searching for.
- Experience is invaluable and a key to the success of any resume. Ideally, you will have recruiting coordinator experience, but you can safely add any HR experience to highlight your knowledge and involvement in the industry.
Tips from Experts
“Key resume tips for landing a recruiting coordinator job include having the relevant experience, the right skills, and quantifiable achievement. You also need to make your unique qualities stand out. Ultimately, choose the strongest possible content. If you’ve had lots of jobs, choose those that will market you as a potential employer.“ – Andreas Paepcke, an advisor at Zippia
“The resume is your first point of contact between you and your dream employer. Unfortunately, in the corporate world, a first impression can be a last impression too. I bet that your present resume does not reflect the way you are as a professional. Your resume needs to help you stand out from the minute the recruiter sees your resume.“ – Anna, Fillip Consultancy Services
Whether you are advancing your career within recruitment or changing direction within the HR industry you can give yourself a boost by crafting a professional resume to sell your talents, abilities, and experience.
Combine what you know with what we have covered in this article and use suitable keywords gleaned from the job posting and company website to market yourself.