Work Remotely As A Virtual Recruiter

My Office is Wherever I am

Sometime at the end of 2009 my boyfriend and I decided to plan an epic trip that has taken us virtually around the world. We love to travel and more importantly we love to be mobile. We don’t want our jobs to dictate where we live and I love that I can pick projects and jobs that I am really interested in. Our home office, as we travel, is pretty simple. We are connected to the Internet, have laptops, and have cell phones, which we use only in an emergency. We are currently both working virtually while driving around Australia in a van. This lifestyle is not for everyone but we really LOVE it.

As a recruiter I am noticing more and more companies, big and small, looking to hire remote or virtual contractors. This is great news for me but I don’t know how many people even know that this way of working is possible. This is the reason I have decided to write this post. I hope this post helps some people realize their dream of working at home (or anywhere in the world really) and introduces this subject to others who have never thought of remote/virtual work or think it’s only possible if you live in India.

The Perks of Being an Employee

Here are the “perks” of being an employee: the regular paychecks, health benefits, and of course job security. Why are these things really considered “perks”? Getting a regular paycheck is pretty nice but why let a company dictate how much you should make? You’re the only one who can figure out how much your time is worth. Health benefits are handy when you want to take maternity leave or are sick but most people hardly use these benefits, which they pay into every two weeks or per month. If you saved up the benefit deductions that are taken off your paycheck I think most people would have no problem paying for their own health benefits. No job, be it a regular employee or independent contractor, is secure so you can definitely cross off “job security” as a perk.

Outsourcing

More and more companies are choosing to outsource and automate some of their departments. According to Dictionary.com Outsource is 1.┬áto send out (a job) to or obtain (goods) from an outside supplier or source. It’s a common mistake to think of outsourcing and think of call centers in India and/or the Phillipines. Thanks to the Internet you can find many consultants or virtual workers who are from Canada, US and yes even India.

Companies usually decide to outsource a department or a function because it would save the company a lot money. Renting office space, paying benefits, training, retention, group retirement funds etc. is a big expensive. Human Resources is one of many administrative departments that can easily be outsourced and why not? A contractor could do the same job as a regular employee. Most HR departments that I have worked in have always stressed that HR is an essential component to a successful company. This is true but as HR professionals we do not increase revenue for a company.

HR is not the only function that is being outsourced. IT, Finance and Payroll are also seeing the increased use of contractors instead of employees. If companies can find a way to have the same level of customer service but with the added bonus of lowering costs then the decision of using a contractor is becoming easier and easier.

What is a Virtual Recruiter?

After many years working in a cubicle I have witnessed HR departments shrink and HR professionals lose their jobs (so much for that job security). So I decided to start working from home. I found companies that would allow me to work 2, 3 and sometimes 4 days at home. Now I work full-time as a virtual recruiter.

As a virtual recruiter I use the most effective strategies, which can help find the right employees for a certain position. Strategies include: sourcing through websites, blogs, various job posting systems and social media sites. I work with hiring managers to post jobs, screen resumes, handle preliminary phone screens, interview (via telephone) negotiate salaries, conduct reference checks, terminate etc. A virtual recruiter is usually an independent contractor, which means that you are responsible for setting up your own hours, managing your own taxes, creating a home office and working independently.

If you’re asking yourself “what’s the difference between an in-house recruiter and a virtual recruiter?” The answer is nothing. They both do the same job and provide the same level of service but a virtual recruiter works from home and home can be anywhere in the world.

Global Reach

The best part of being a virtual recruiter is that my office is where ever I am so I can work virtually anywhere. Posting on blogs, job boards, and generally using social media sites is not confined to the hours of 9:00am-5:00pm or restricted to only EST (time zone). This means that I am able to work with any company around the world.

Working in different time zones is not a problem but something you need to understand and get used to. For example a client can send a request for work in one evening (EST time zone) and by the morning an email awaits the client with the work completed. This is because while the client is sleeping I (at UTC + 10 hours) was hard at work; screening resumes, posting jobs etc. Now that’s a what I call a quick response time :)

When working in teams that are or can be spread around the world you need to learn to communicate well. Communication is important in any working relationship but its key in a virtual relationship. For example emails need to be concise and everyone needs to understand each other. When a task is given by a hiring manager it’s always helpful to reply with your understanding of the job. I can go on and on on how to better communicate virtually but I think you get the point.

Commission

Most virtual recruiters are paid on a commission only basis. This is great because you dictate how much your time and expertise is worth. You can also be hired as an employee and work remotely or virtually but this would depend on how the company wants to pay you and what your ideal situation would be. Do you want to be an independent contractor or a regular employee?

Tools of the Trade

As an independant contractor you need to create a home office. These are the basic things you will need:

  1. A computer
  2. High-speed internet
  3. A professional email. Your “hotchick37@hotmail.com” will not cut it.
  4. Long distance phone plan. I use Skype for all my long distance calls.
  5. A multifunctional scanner that has the ability to fax.

An extra tool specifically for a virtual recruiter would be using an applicant tracking system to manage full cycle recruitment. Here is a list examples:

Some of these applicant tracking systems are free to use and others give you a free trial for a month. I’m currently using smartrecruiters but think I might change and look into zoho or chemeleon i.

Finding a Job

Looking for contract work is just like looking for any other job and networking really helps. One good idea is to talk to companies that you use to work with and explain the advantages of using a contractor. You can also check out these sites:

Some of these sites help you to market yourself, which is extremely important when you’re working for yourself.

At the End of the Day

More companies are seeing the advantage of using virtual contractors. Some main benefits as stated in Work Shifting include; increased employee empowerment, improved work-life balance, and reduced need for overstaffing to accommodate peak loads. If you want take charge of your career then consider going virtual and if not then continue to enjoy decorating the walls of your cubicle in the job that is not secure.

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87 thoughts on “Work Remotely As A Virtual Recruiter

  1. Karin Michaelson
    April 21, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Dorothy,
    Most impressive website, I must say! I have been an HR professional for 16 years, and really appreciate your style. I found your site to be informative, professional and uplifting!
    Thanks again for the link to your website. All of the articles are very well written, and the content very useful.
    Kindly,
    Karin

  2. April 21, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Thanks for the awesome comment Karin.

  3. April 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Hello,

    We have a national presence in supporting 10,000+ enterprise companies across the USA. We are expanding and have a couple of needs. I saw your reply to a recruiter feed on Linkedin. Anyway, how much is your hourly rate if we hired you to help us source for recruiting? Also, we are constantly looking to Add Senior HR to our Hotline service and we have remote call Center technology. Might be another way we could hire you.

    Let me know on the Recruiting.

    Dan

  4. April 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Hi Dan,
    Thank you for connecting and your comment :) I’ve replied to you via your thinkhr email address. Speak soon :)

  5. Robin
    August 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Thank you for all the information on recruiting. My husband and I ran a small business for 30 years and recently sold it to one of our employees. I always enjoyed the search for new employees and also really found it rewarding helping others to find work. I would love to do this as a career now that we are out of our own business but I don’t know where to start. I would like to do it out of our home if possible. My dream would be to go to major colleges and set up on mock interview days and meet new young people coming out of school who are looking for first time employement. I know this can be a tough eperience. Having raised two children who are now out in the working world, I remember them struggling to find that first job. Actually I found my youngest son’s job for him on careerbuilders.com. It suit him perfectly and he is still very happy ther today. Any help or advice you can give me on how I could start would be so appreciated. Thanks, Robin

  6. August 4, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Hi Robin,
    Since you owned your own business before you know how important networking and getting your name out there is. If you are interested in helping students find there first job out of school I would first suggest you visit local Colleges and ask if you can volunteer in the career centre. This will provide you with some much needed hands on experience. If you don’t have a degree in HR or Career Coaching getting any type of experience will help you over come the hurtles of getting hired yourself. Have you thought of taking a course or two on recruitment or carrer coaching? So I would suggest taking some courses and getting some volunteer experience so you build a good foundation and learn how you can help students get over the challenges they face when entering the job market. Hope that helps and thanks for the comment.

  7. Ranjit
    August 7, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Hi Dorothy Sliwicki,
    Impressed by reading your detailed information, appreciate it..

    Basically i am a Freelance Web Developer based in USA with extensive experience in design & development using Ruby on Rails, Python, PHP, Flex, Django and Drupal including complex Python ,Django/Postgress bug Rectification, Android and i OS development.

    Presently working remotely on various projects and in the process of establishing a company with concept ” Vpros – virtual programmers for software companies”.

    We are considering engaging recruiters/agents for MUTUAL BENEFIT, for our company who can provide us with leads or links .Being Vpros- virtual programmers — based in India , we have an inherent advantage of providing highly experienced software professionals with excellent proficiency in the latest technologies .

    Appreciate your response.

    Thanks!!!

  8. August 7, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Hi Ranjit,
    Thanks for the information.

  9. Renee Fuchs
    August 13, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Hi Dorothy,

    My name s Renee and I am in the process of starting my own recruiting business from home. I feel like I’d be working similarly to you, which is – it would be just me, working from home and contracting with companies to fill positions. I’ve registered the name I want to use for my business, but I’m not sure what other license I might need if it’s really just me consulting from home. I’m not running an office somewhere or employing other people.

    I have over 10 years experience in both staffing/recruiting and administration and I am excited to start this chapter of my life. Any advise you can offer is appreciated. I’d love to network with you!!

    Renee

  10. October 24, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Hi Dorthy,

    Loved your site, you are my hero. Very informative, am just starting out in the virtual world and want to expand my business. I think am doing something wrong but am not sure what it is. I would love to hear some pointers and if you can stear me in the right direction. I think networking is a great way to go about it and I hope we can have a great networking relationship. Again you are very impressive and I hope to be like you one day.

  11. October 25, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Good Luck and welcome to the virtual world ;)
    I’m not sure how I can help you but feel free to contact me.

  12. Ranjini
    November 4, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Hi
    I am from India , I want to be virtual recruitor cn u tell how i can start. And what about networking, how to step into it.

    PLease advice

    Thanks and regards

  13. November 4, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Hi Ranjini,
    Are you currently a recruiter? If so, one good way to start working virtually or remotely is to ask your current company. Ask them for a trial period and then you can re-evaluate. During your trial period make sure you can prove that you have been more productive then if you were sitting in the office. If you’re not currently working try to network and ask friends and colleagues. Tell everyone you know that you want to find a virtual/remote job. You never know how a friend of a friend could help you. I would also look into Elance.com, Freelancer.com and odesk.com for other virtual jobs. Hope that helps and good luck!

  14. Mohan
    November 28, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Hi Dorothy,

    I read your article. I should really appreciate your contribution and the way you make everyone to read is really good. Actually I am from India and i need to discuss certain things related to recruiting. Could you please let me know your contact details. My idea is I am having some some candidates who are really superb in submitting solid resumes who are already ion to US IT recruiting. Also i need to know a lot related to these kind of business so if you don’t mind either you could drop me your contact details over here or even you can drop an email to this mail id mohanasundaram1502@gmail.com. Awaiting for a good response from you.

  15. November 28, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Hi Mohan,
    Thanks for contacting me and I responded to you via email.

  16. ashok
    December 4, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Hi Dorothy,
    Hope you are doing well, am from INDIA. I have 2 years of experience in US IT staffing and also worked as CSE due to some personal issues i came out of my previous company. I have a huge database of IT recruiters who works for DC and Sales companies. with this connections i would like to run a recruiting consultancy services on my own. But i dint have any connection with clients and companies who can directly send me the requirements and all. so i would like to have an opportunity to explicit my willingness to do.
    Let me know can you help me on this. if you will then can you drop an email to this mail id ashokrecruiting@gmail.com.
    Awaiting for a good response from you.

    Thanks
    Ashok

  17. December 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Hi Ashok,
    What you need to do is network and speak with the potential clients that you want. Cold calling, conferences etc. are good ways to introduce yourself to companies. Doing this from India might be a little more difficult for you so you will need contact IT staffing agencies and let them know what you have to offer. I have also email you a response. Good Luck!

  18. Mark
    December 5, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Hey Dorothy,

    I’ve been workig at staffing agencies for 5 years (my entire career since college) and have recently started working on direct-hire recruiting orders for people in recruitment networks. I’m trying to decide whether it’s worth trying to run with this as a full-time gig as my own business. I don’t have a ton saved up, and I’m working at a staffing company (which would cause a non-compete issue). Do you have any suggestions on whether this is something possible to do virtually from anywhere in the country? Are there any companies you know of that pay people an hourly/yearly wage against (a draw or whatever) for this kind of work? Thanks!

  19. December 5, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Hi Mark,
    Most virtual or independent recruiters work on direct-hires, which is commissioned based. Yes since this is something possible to do virtually and almost anywhere in the country but like anything how successful you are depends on how much work you put into it. When you’re looking for a salary or hourly wage you should then look at staying at a staffing agency or becoming an in-house recruiter. Hope that helps.

  20. Lisanne Markowitz
    January 19, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Hi Dorothy:

    Thank you for this comprehenisve information. As a potential virtual or independent recruiter – I ma doing my homework – I think that working with contract or contract to hire employees is what many comapneis are looking for – try before you buy. What are your thoughts on this and what are best ways to handle back-office. Also, do you think a company that offers a set of tools such as back office, traing, branding etc. Many thanks in advance for your advice and feedback. Lisanne

  21. January 19, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Hi Lisanne,
    I think you should look at your background and see what has worked for you. If you have worked for staffing agencies before then contract to hire might be an area you would perform well in. I’m not sure what you’re asking about a company that offers tools such as training but I think it s great if a company offers some tools that help you get started. Good Luck!

  22. Latisha
    January 22, 2012 at 3:13 am

    Hell Dorothy,

    Great and impressive also imformative imformation you have shared. I was wondering, what is your take on a medical biller/collection specialist trying to work from home. I have been looking and searching many sites trying to find employers who would employ or contract individuals to do their medical billing/collection. If you have any information that you can share with me, I would gladly appreciate it. Thanks

  23. January 22, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Hi Latisha,
    My suggestion is to contact your previous or current employer and talk to them about the benefits of virtual/remote work. See if they will agree for you to work remotely for 1-2 days a week for a few months and then you can push for more days when you show your employer how much more efficient you are when working remotely. This will give you the experience and confidence to then speak to other companies and build your clientele. Hope that helps and good luck!

  24. Latisha
    February 7, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Thanks Dorothy

  25. Aneesh
    February 19, 2012 at 5:30 am

    I am Aneesh,an MCA(Master of Computer Application) graduate from India. I also want to be a freelance recruiter.what I have to do?

  26. February 20, 2012 at 5:49 am

    Hi Aneesh,
    You need to be a recruiter :)

  27. p
    March 10, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Hi Dorothy,

    To be a virtual recruiter with a company name, shud I register. As a virtual recruiter, how do you get paid and pay taxes.

  28. March 10, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Hi P,
    As a virtual recruiter you can work on commission or an hourly rate. You can be self employed or work for a company. It all depends on what you are looking for. I think you should look up how to start your own business. Hope that helps.

  29. Rob
    March 16, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Hi Dorothy, thanks for the interesting blog. I’m a tech recruiter with over 15 years experience, looking to get back into freelancing after spending the last 7 years in corp recruiting. You wrote a great introduction but I must take issue with one point re perks of employment. You’re young (and presumably healthy) so you personally don’t need to take advantage of medical benefits much, I would assume by your comment. Keep in mind however, that there are many mature senior recruiters who have a need of these med benefits, and that’s one big reason it’s difficult to transition to virtual/freelance work. Your statement “If you saved up the benefit deductions that are taken off your paycheck I think most people would have no problem paying for their own health benefits” I feel is somewhat misleading. In today’s insurance market, full individual medical insurance coverage is extremely expensive, and could amount to 25-35% of a typical income (depending of course on the income).
    Just wanted to make a point…your other comments and info I totally agree with. Thanks.

  30. March 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Rob,
    I understand your point but medical insurance coverage is/can be expensive depending on the individual. If you area a healthy person who takes care of themselves then you will not be on or need to take medication. Again, it all depends on the individuals health but I agree it can be very expensive for some people.

  31. Sowmya Nanjaiah
    March 26, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Hi Dorothy,
    I absolutely loved your blog. I am very interested in being a Idependent contractor planning on working as virtual Recruiter from home after being a stay at home mom . I absolutely understand what it feels like to have that great work life balance working virtual ;-). I have about 4 yrs recruiting exprience and have a good candidate generation…sourcing exprience. But I do not know where to and how to look for companies or clients that might need staffing help. How do I go about it?
    Also is there any training or books that might teach how to run a recruiting business. I got many results from search, but don’t know if they are legit.
    Thanks for your help

  32. March 26, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Hi Sowmya,
    I would suggest that you start by contacting your past employers and see if they would consider hiring you as a virtual recruiter. They have obviously worked with you before and trust your work so it’s a good start. Hope that helps.

  33. Jessie
    April 5, 2012 at 5:22 am

    Hi Dorethy,

    Interesting reading, I love travelling and would love the opportunity to spend extended periods of time with my family overseas. Is this possible to do from the UK and India? What could I expect to make per year, ball park?

    Please reply via email.

    Best Regards

    Jessie

  34. April 5, 2012 at 5:40 am

    Hi Jessie,
    If you have a career/job that you can do virtually then you can do it anywhere and your salary will depend on the type of virtual work you are doing.

  35. Terry Holt
    April 9, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Hi, My name is Terry Holt. I was a Telecommunications Specialist with AT&T for over 33 years. Most recently I have been working as a contractor doing inside and outside installation of telecommunications equipment. The work has not been as steady as I would like.Also, some of the physical demands have been a little difficult. I was thinking about getting into Telecommunications Recruiting. I am 54 years old and have a lot left in the tank. I want to offer my experience, but I’m not sure where to start. At this stage of my life, I can probably start at the bottom, and work my way up. I just need a chance. I would be willing to work out of my house, if that made things easier. I was hoping someone out there could offer some advise or be willing to take a chance on me. I do have a litlle Project Manager experience. My wage preference would not be outrageous and I have all my medical benefits. Maybe one of you could assist me or you know someone who would. I would appreciate any kind of help I could get. My profile is on Linkedin and I have no problem sending out my resume.

    Thank you for Your Time,

    Terry Holt

    ” A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste, especially if you are over 50! “

  36. April 9, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Hi Terry,
    I hope someone will be able to help you and I wish you all the best.

  37. Raj Banga
    April 10, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Hello,

    I really need to find a work so i can work from from please help.

  38. April 22, 2012 at 4:48 am

    Hi ,

    I started a RPO company ,we serve Recruiter for IT staffing firms in United states please contact me if you need any help from us or to be with pur partner

    rjohnson@adisofttechnology.com

  39. Sharon
    May 21, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I am looking to work remotely as a Virtual Recruiter. I have over 9+ years in recruiting from both the Staffing and Corporate side. Any recommendations on organizations that I can reach out to?

  40. Akansha
    June 12, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Hello,
    I am interesed to work as a Virtual recuiter. Earlier I was working as a recruiter in Indi. please help me in this matter and revert me back.I want to work from home.If you are having any way out to help me, i ll be waiting for your call.

    thanks,
    Akansha

  41. Chyvonne
    July 3, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Hi Dorothy, I’m currently in school for HR, and graduate in Dec. I’m looking to start my own HR company as a consultant soon after. I’m researching a few ideas now and came across your information which has been substantial for me, and it gives me that extra push to go forth. I did a portfolio 2 semesters ago on how to start my own business, and researched how to get funding, but it looks like I may not need more or much more of what I already have. Did you need to purchase extra items in order for you to do this? And I have a few other questions as well and maybe we could email to keep in touch?

  42. Beca
    July 10, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Hi Dorothy,
    Your story is certainly an inspiration. Your life style is one that I am currently pursuing. I want to be able to work as I travel the world. I left my full time job about a year ago and have dedicated my time and efforts in the freelance realm. I would like to be a recruiter and would appreciate tips, pointers, guidance.
    Kind Regards,
    Beca

  43. Tiana
    July 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I have just started recruiting and I have been working form home for about 9 months now. I found this article to be very interesting and inspirational as well.

    However, i have a few questions. The article talks about recruiting and HR outsourcing. In my experience, most recruiters will tell you that this career is more closely related to sales, and i agree. I don’t know anything about HR, but i have been told it is very different.

    My question to Dorothy is: are you recruiting in the sense of finding jobs and then finding candidates to fill those jobs, or are you mainly performing HR functions while doing some initial searching and screen of candidates?

    I think both of these are valuable in but require different skill sets.

    Also, i as a recruiter i spend 80% of my time on the phone. I was wondering how you overcome the hurdle of phone use in different time zones, or is the phone not something you use very much? If you are a recruiter, how doe that work?

    I am always looking form way to make my job even more mobile so i am interested in any feedback.

  44. Frank theodore
    August 3, 2012 at 10:35 am

    How do I get Started I could be a Great Headhunter !!!!!

  45. August 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    We are now hiring for virtual recruiters. We are a staffing firm for Therapists, Therapist Assistants and RNs.

    We provide the positions and the tools to successfully make placements. (This is a new department within our company)
    Commission based for the 1st year.
    COULD BECOME A SALARIED POSITION. IF DESIRED

    United Therapist Solutions team-members are guided by four core values: Excellence, Integrity, Accountability, and Enthusiasm.

    Excellence: We strive to hire/recruit only those with a determination to achieve excellence.

    Integrity: We pride ourselves on being honest and having strong moral principles.

    Accountability: We love an entrepreneurial culture that encourages innovation and creativity that maximizes your potential earnings.

    Enthusiasm: We love what we do and all the freedom that comes with our success. The dedication of our UTS family as we help each other grow.

  46. Mahesh Babu
    August 26, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Hi Dorothy,

    Your article on Virtual recruiting is an interesting and appreciative thoughts. I agree with you, in the current competitive business environment, such cost effective recruitment strategies must be focused more to benefit in large. I am a HR professional from India now settled in Canada, seriously looking for Virtual Recruiter opportunities. My experience in handling complete recruitment cycle in both Manufacturing and Service industry will certainly enable me to understand the employer requirements better and provide quality candidates. Would appreciate if you can support me with more information to pursue / explore on this virtual recruiter opportunities.
    Good to know about you.
    Thanks
    Mahesh

  47. Dawn
    August 31, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Hello

    I am a Brit transplanted to the USA and I am thinking of starting up as an independent recruiter. Do i need an LLC or any particular licenses to begin with? By the way i love your site.

    Many Thanks

    Dawn

  48. August 31, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Hi Dawn,
    The short answer is no you do not need an LLC or a license to be an independent recruiter. All you need is the experience and clients :)

  49. August 31, 2012 at 10:59 am

    We are a very active staffing company, working only on direct client IT jobs, spanning contracts, permanent hires and contract to hire positions. We are based in Los Angeles, and we work with clients nationally and are very busy currently. All our positions are very closeable, usually with not too much competition. We are looking to bring on board a couple of virtual recruiters. Must have experience sourcing IT candidates and can be located anywhere. This is a pure commissions only, as are all virtual commission positions.

    If you are interested in this please send me an emails to my personal email (I want to avoid getting SPAM at my company email-id) and include your resume to naren_cgt (at) yahoo.com

  50. stephanie
    September 13, 2012 at 6:48 am

    It would be helpful to know what companies, like yours, offer base salary plus commission for a virtual recruiter.

  51. September 13, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Hi Stephanie,
    I’m not a company that hires virtual recruiters. Like anything you need to do some research, cold call and speak to old employers for leads. Good Luck!

  52. josie
    September 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    hi dorothy
    I have read your blog and find it very interesting. I am very interested to be a virtual recruiter, please can you help me and give me some tips how to start a virtual recruiting homebased business. I love the idea of screening resume, talking to potential candidate, and handle all the hiring process.
    Wait for your reply.
    thanks

  53. September 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Hi Josie,
    If you’re a recruiter I would suggest you contact past employers or speak to your current one if you’re employed and ask for some work/projects that you will do from home. After you prove to them that you can do a better job from a home you can hopefully negotiate a 4 or 3 day work week. This will again help you and the employer ease into the idea of virtual working. This will also help you decide whether you enjoy working from home. If you’re goal is to work at home 100% of the time then you just need to keep speaking to your employer but sometimes a 3 or 4 day work week can be nice too. Good luck!

  54. Juhi Gupta
    October 1, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Hi Dorothy,
    I am really impress with your impressive website.
    i also want to be a virtual recruiter.
    i am already working from home with one of the recruitment consultant (widmen serviecs) since last 1.2 year,earlier i was working with bank and insurance industry for around 6 years but now i have a small kid so i do work from home, now i wanna to be virtual recriter like you.
    i have the things mentioned below:
    1) A computer
    2) High-speed internet
    3)I will make a professional email.
    4) For long distance phone plan I also use Skype for all my long distance calls.
    BUT i dont have A multifunctional scanner that has the ability to fax.
    so please will it work or not, and if it will then how can i start working as a virtual recruiter.

  55. Shazada Keith
    November 10, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Hey Dorothy

    My name is Shazada Keith and I am writing you because I am interested in a job opportunity with your company I have a lot of experience I worked at the AT&T call center for 4 years as a customer service representative. Now I am working for Convergy’s work at home which is also AT&T but I am working from home in the Mobility department as a Remote Home Agent. I am a dedicated worker who is willing to get the job done and don’t mind getting the job done please feel free to contact me at the following email above because I am surely available and interested.

  56. November 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I’m not a company Shazada so I am not hiring. Good Luck with your job search.

  57. Priyanka
    November 12, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Hi Dorothy,

    I appreciate the time and effort you have put into creating this blog. It has been of great help to me. I am planning to start the virtual recruitment business from home. I need some information on how you need to charge the clients for every candidate recruited
    a) for a full time position
    b) on a contract basis
    I have no exposure to processing payrolls. So do we need to charge them a one-time fee or will they process the payroll for the candidate on our behalf ?

    Regards,
    Priyanka

  58. November 12, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Hi Priyanka,
    Do you have recruitment experience? Have you ever worked at a recruitment agency before? I think the best thing to do is to call up your local recruitment agency and ask them for an informational interview and let them know that you would like to learn about the business behind recruitment. Hope that helps and good luck.

  59. Steve
    November 23, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Hi Dorothy

    I’ve just stumbled upon your blog whilst searching for a related topic.

    I’ve been working as a commission only virtual recruiter (working from home) for 7 years now and when I first started the thought occurred to me that I could buy a camper van with an internet satellite dish and do this job from anywhere in the world.

    And you’re doing that! I’m really impressed! Well done you!

    Do you know of any internet forums for virtual recruiters where I can post anonymously?

    Or do you mind if I ask you for your opinions on some things?

  60. November 23, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Hi Steve,
    There are many forums that you can join. One good one is on LinkedIn but I would just search recruiting blogs and start asking all the questions that you have. Have fun!

  61. Vick Raman
    December 10, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Hi Dorothy,

    You are an Awesome person!!! I am currently working in a US IT Recruitment Company as an Account Manager. Started as a Trainee in the same company 1 year before and promoted soon because of my performance. Now I am planning to run the show as a Virtual Recruiter like you. I am a dynamic result oriented person. Check my Linked-In profile: http://in.linkedin.com/pub/vick-raman/44/544/417
    I hope you could help me.

    Thanks,
    Vick Raman

  62. December 10, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Congratulations Vick. I wish you all the best.

  63. Daniel
    December 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Hi Dorothy,

    I am about to begin my first virtual in-house recruiting (sourcing) role for a tech company. Given a 6-month contract, do you think I would be able to travel around the world for brief stints, if I were able to complete my work? Should I disclose that I intend on traveling?

    Also, in your experience, do companies tend to renew contracts at completion?

    Also, I would love to chronicle my experience and would like to discuss blogging with you if you are open to that.

    Thanks in Advance,

    Daniel

  64. December 12, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Hi Daniel,
    Yes I think you can travel around the world and I don’t think you need to disclose your travels to your boss. Just make sure your work gets done and your performance does not change. If your work suffers due to time change etc. than you obviously need to re-think your travel plans. In regards to renewing contracts, it will all depend on your performance. If you do an amazing job than you will probably get renewed. If you do a so-so job then you probably wont. Just stay positive and work hard. I’m not looking for a blogging partner but what I would suggest first is to keep a journal and document your thoughts, experience and ideas for your own blog. Hope that helps and good luck.

  65. RJH
    December 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Dorothy:

    Enjoyed reading all the positive information and messages shared. I’m looking for a virtual recruiting opportunity. Anyone out there in need of an experienced recruiter in a variety of industries, send me an email so we can connect. I have about 10 years experience working virtually and ready for my next opportunity.

    Thanks!

  66. M
    December 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Hi Dorothy:

    I rarely seek online advice, but your winnning smile (great photo!), prompted me to give it a go. I am a 52 year old college grad (BBA in \’97), with a 20-year secretarial background and more recently, approximately 5 years of managerial experience. In the last 10 years, I have worked in healthcare (6 years) and IT (2 years), with 2 years of unemployment interspered. I also have 10 years of non-profit experience from 10 years prior.I am currently unemployed (laid off) and am looking to take continuing ed courses as well as gain certs to make myself more marketable, so that I can hopefully work remotely in a virtual assistant capacity, and also eventually start my own home-based business. I would appreciate any guidance you can offer along these lines, as I need to narrow down my immediate goals for financial reasons. Thanks in advance and I look forward to hearing from you!

  67. December 23, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Hi M,
    If you’re looking to become a VA I would definitely recommend you use Freelancer.com and/or elance.com. Good Luck!

  68. Mrs.smith
    January 11, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Very good blog!!! It feels great to know more women are starting their businesses to reach their dreams.
    Would you recommend a business licence such as a PC business licence?to get started.

  69. January 15, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Hi Mrs.smith,
    Thanks for the comment and I’m glad you like the blog. In regards to business licenses, the types of licenses a business needs vary depending on your state so you would need to look at that yourself. Good Luck!

  70. January 30, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Hii Dorothy,

    I’m Yogita ,I am really impress with your impressive website.i also want to be a virtual recruiter.

    I am seeking HR Recruiter (WORK FROM HOME)position for US Recruitments.

    Currently working with an “Indian Consultancy ” as a HR Recruiter-Work From Home From US.(Freelancer)handling IT/Non IT profiles for PAN INDIA.

    I am eligible to work in US as i have Visa- L2(EAD).Having Laptop,Hi-speed internet & Calling facilities with me.

    Seeking for US Recruitment job ,please guide me ,i need your support & advice.

    Awaiting your revert soon……
    Yogita

  71. Joana
    February 11, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Hi Dorothy!

    I really appreciate your blog as I can relate to it as well, since I am actively looking for a virtual recruiter post online. By the way, do you have any idea on how much must be paid to you if ever that I will offer a service to a certain company, let’s say I want to serve as their “agency or to provide the company’s manpower supply” I just don’t have an idea on how much to be charged for the recruitment fee, placement fee or etc. Do you in mind on how much? :) I would appreciate your answer. Thanks

  72. Michael
    February 12, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Hello Dorothy,

    Thanks for taking the time to share your experience as a virtual recruiter. I have two questions, first do you find that it’s difficult to find new clients, given the fact that you’re so far from the territory (U.S.) that you’re recruiting in? Given the fact that you own you’re own company, I expect noone is handing you client accounts to work on. Also, what would you say is the biggest obstacle you face in being virtual and abroad, vs. sitting in a cubicle to do this?

  73. February 13, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Hi Michael,
    No I have not found it difficult to find new clients. With access to the internet and networking I have been able to connect with the right people. Every job has it’s own obstacles and it all depends on your personal strengths and weaknesses. I sometimes miss chatting with other co-workers around the water cooler but when this happens I try to find a contract job that allows me to enter the corporate environment again. Virtual work or working from home is not for everyone but once you try it you will find your own obstacles and challenges to over come before you find the perfect fit.

  74. February 26, 2013 at 2:09 am

    Dear Dorothy,

    I’ve come across blogs and reading about being a remote and virtual recruiter is definitely rewarding as it fits work-life balance. Hence, in my country (Malaysia), most of the company still prefer their recruiter to be on-site excepts for those who works in large corporation.

    Your work-life balance is definitely an eye opener, and if I plan to write a thesis on work-life balance among working ladies, I would probably would love to hear more of your insights.

    Will continue to visit your blog in the future. Cheers ;-)

  75. Chad
    March 5, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    I have a MA in industrial/organizational psy. and limited experience in healthcare staffing including 4 months in diagnostic/genetic recruiting field. As a recruiter, what specific areas of business do you see considerable growth for the next 5-10 yrs?

  76. March 6, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Hi Chad,
    Healthcare and IT have always been two solid areas.

  77. ASHISH
    March 7, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Hi Dorothy,

    First of all thanks for such an informative article, i just loved it. Now, i have been working Elance, Odesk, Freelance, Guru for searching jobs as I was in Business Development field and majorly searching Web development project now i want to switch on to recruitment division and work virtually, i got bit of experience and also aware or dice, monster, and other databases, i want to work as an independent contractor, but stuck from where to start and can’t find the work to be given to me .
    Can u suggest any such companies and if possible could you please reply me ashishshukla0205@gmail.com.
    Thanks in advance.

    Regards,
    Ashish

  78. Joan
    March 27, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Dear Dorthy,
    thank you so for this information. I have been considering opening a temp to hire business for years now. But there is a uniqueness to my idea which is to convince companies/employers to hire felons.. My idea stems from my own personal failures over 25 years ago. I find that employers have a real problem hiring human beings whom in their youth made a mistake, please do not misunderstand me, for each person is different. Everybody don’t get it the first time around. Anyways, I have been working in HR for over 20 years now only because I was given a chance. Do you have any ideas on how to encourage hiring mangers that ex felons need jobs. I have come to the conclusion that virtual recruiting may be the way.. Any ideas? Thanks jglewisj1964@gmail.com

  79. March 28, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Hi Joan,
    Very interesting niche. To be honest I think at the end of the day your candidate not only needs to be qualified (i.e. education and experience/skills) but you need to really push the HR Director to change their hiring policies. No one will argue with you that ex felons need jobs; it’s your job to convince the company that the right choice is to hire an ex felon over someone who has not convicted a crime. A tough sell. Good Luck.

  80. sarah
    July 25, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Would you be able to help me with some questions as I recently started as a virtual recruiter.
    Thank you
    Sarah

  81. August 11, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Hi Dorothy,

    I recently came across your website. I am sure you have answered this question multiple times but here goes.

    I am an IT professional and have some IT recruiting experience, mostly in-house. I am itching to go full-virtual, especially with as many contacts as I have on LinkedIn. How does one go about starting a brand new company in IT recruiting? Do I need to file as a corporation with my state?

    Any and all information is greatly appreciated!

    Rick B.

    P.S…. Amazing site!

  82. Aaliyah
    September 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Hello Dorothy
    Thank you for your inspirational and informative website. It gets very frustrating at times, trying to starting your own business. My specialty is transportation, and I looking virtual recruiting jobs, but some of the job site I have come across, wasn’t very promising. Could you suggest a couple website that you know are legitimate and I would actually work. Thank you once again for your blog.

  83. BOBBY
    November 21, 2013 at 3:22 am

    GOOD DAY DOROTHY
    BRAVO ON A WONDERFUL SITE
    I’M BASED IN SOUTH AFRICA AND WOULD LIKE MORE INFO
    COULD YOU ASSIST?

    I HAVE 13 YEARS EXPERIENCE VIRTUAL, AGENCY AND INHOUSE

  84. K
    January 10, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Hello Dorothy, Thanks all the information and your honesty. I want to start my own virtual business and have being doing my homework. I don’t a lot of exp., have recruited as a sales manager in the past have some HR exp., I feel that I’m a great interviewer and have a passion for helping the employer and employee find happiness in a command goal, love helping people and knowing people are happy with my work. I’m a great talker, but I was wondering if you can let me know where to go to find to right question on how to acquire new clients other than from past employers. I don’t have much exp. in this field but I’m willing to give it 200% and I’m passionate about living my dream. How long does it take to actually make money,

    Thanks

  85. Robert Rogers
    March 27, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Karin:

    I found your article to be very useful. I am looking into entering the virtual recruiting field. I don’t have any experience in recruiting but I have work in admissions as an enrollment specialist for a local college. I also have extensive experience in customer service. Do you recommend any specific companies that will work well for a beginning virtual recruiter? Any advice you can provide would be helpful.

  86. May 6, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Hi Dorothy,
    Iam a Sr. Technical Recruiter working offshore for US Staffing how Could i get any remote position directly working For US based company who dont have any Offshore center in India

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