This isn’t one of our typical “make money online” reviews. It’s a review that can help you launch a profitable new career that doesn’t rely on the fickle behavior of Internet surfers and ever-changing keyword trends. So if you need to boost your income, or you hate your current job, read on to learn about a cool opportunity.
When millions of people are losing their jobs, what is a good profession to be in?
One that helps people find jobs, of course. If you specialize in matching employees with jobs, you have job security and a growing pool of potential customers, even when the economy is struggling.
[Update March 16: See our new follow-up post about this business. It gives answers to your most pressing questions.]
There are such people. They’re called “recruiters.”
What Is a Professional Recruiter?
A recruiter is someone who finds good employees to fill jobs. It’s that simple. Not all jobs, of course. McDonald’s doesn’t hire recruiters to find fry cooks. But large companies looking to fill salaried positions pay recruiters a lot of money to find employees.
What Do Recruiters Do?
They work with a set of clients (employers) who need help finding employees. They then use their awesome research skills to find employees that are good fits for their employers’ needs.
How Do They Get Paid?
Simply put, their clients pay them a percentage of the employee’s annual salary. So if you help a company fill a $50,000 per year job, and your fee is 20%, you earn $10,000. The more people you help, the more money you make.
I like that arrangement. It has a karmic justice to it that is absent in such crass endeavors as affiliate marketing.
Can Anyone Be a Recruiter?
Well, “anyone” is a big word. But no special skills are required, although being good with people would help you. But you don’t have to have a college degree or deep knowledge about an industry to get started.
How Much Do Recruiters Make?
As much as they want! Enough to live the lifestyle of their dreams! Just kidding.
Let me introduce you to Scott Ritter. He has been a professional recruiter for eight years now, and has made more than $100,000 every year since he started as an independent.
I have seen the documents to prove his income claims and have exchanged a lot of email with him. He’s a regular guy. As real as they come.
So, in short, you could make $40,000 your first year, conservatively, and double it the next year without too much trouble. He has made six figures consistently for eight years.
How Would I Get Started As a Professional Recruiter?
First you would head over to Scott’s Web site and check out his offer. He is selling a bundle of products that walk you through the steps of setting up and running your own successful recruiting business.
His bundle includes:
- A comprehensive “how to” manual (pdf; you can see the Table of Contents at his site)
- Free lifetime support so you can get answers to your recruiting questions
- Instant support via Windows messenger (with purchase of a Gold package only)
- Templates of the documents, contracts, and email messages you’ll use
- Much more (naturally)
Your Doubts Addressed, Or, Answers to Your Questions
With so many jobs going overseas, and so many industries in trouble, this sounds like a high-risk idea.
Not so. Yes, some industries are weak right now (for example, try to place an automotive engineer!). But others are about to take off, thanks, in part to federal spending in the stimulus package. Transportation, energy development, health care, medical technology, information security…all of these are going strong and will go stronger in the future.
I’ve dealt with recruiters. I get emails from them. They suck.
Scott agrees. But these are unethical, scummy recruiters which he refers to as “headhunters.” That’s not how he rolls. Scott’s system is based on service and integrity. You’ll just have to believe me or check it out for yourself.
How can I find clients? Wouldn’t I have to contact tons of employers before finding someone to work with?
Yep. It’s called “work.” I know you’re not opposed to that. Would you contact tons of employers for a 5-figure payday? Scott says he averages 1-2 signed contracts for every 50ish solicitation emails he puts out. Maybe you can beat his numbers once you learn his system. And besides, he shows you exactly how to contact them. Hell, he even gives you the email message to use! The same one he’s had great success with, year after year after year.
I already have a full-time job. Can I do this part time and still make money?
I’ll answer this question with Scott’s own words:
You bet. In fact, perfect example would be Brent, a full-time Chiropractor in Oregon. We were High School friends and lost touch until a couple of years ago. When he found out what I was doing, he decided to give it a shot to make some extra $$. I don’t remember exactly what he made but I know it was three or so placements for over $20,000 total. Reason I remember that is one was a huge $30K split with me for $15K each (my guy, his job)
Is there a lot of competition in this field?
Yes. But so what? Here, let me just give you Scott’s answer to that question:
Competition (with other agencies) has never been a problem, Joe. In fact, my best clients have always worked with several recruiting agencies at the same time and we all still end up making money… (at least I’m assuming they are still making money since they are still around.)
Often, I am competing with huge, nationwide firms like MRI, Apple One or ManPower and I still have no problem making placements (before they do). In fact, in most cases, I have been told our services are much better than the larger firms who tend to try to automate the process (in which case they end up submitting 10 resumes that are marginal at best to see if one will stick).
By comparison, I stress “Quality, not Quantity” and believe in establishing great relationships with my clients and it seems to have paid off. Smaller seems to actually be better in some cases.
Is that awesome, or what?! I like this guy’s attitude. This is the kind of guy you can believe and learn from.
And finally, I’m watching out for our Canadian readers, too. (It’s because I feel guilty about the French and Indian War, although I don’t know why I should as I wasn’t even there. Still, it’s why the Brits took over, and the Quebecoise have never gotten past it. Maybe the rest of the country should thank us, though, because you don’t even speak French, so where would you be if France had stayed in charge??)
Can you do this from Canada or with Canadian clients?
My associate who does this part-time, Scott, actually does live in Canada…:-) He is just finishing up his PhD in Psych and has worked with me on and off for many years.
One of my best clients, STANTEC is also Canadian based and I can work on their Canadian openings if I want to (easier to get a Canadian TN and come to work in the US then the other way around though).
- Are looking for a new career or home business opportunity
- You have decent communication skills
- You have (or can learn) good research skills
- You can organize many emails effectively
…then professional recruiting might be for you. Click here now to learn more.
I haven’t asked Scott about this, but I’m sure he’ll be happy to answer your serious questions in the comments. (Emphasis on serious questions. Yes, Debi, that means you can’t ask him to buy your latest free miracle legal protection service for a mere $79.95 per month in perpetuity. Do not test me.)
[Update March 18, 2009: Still have more questions? Click here to read the follow-up post.]