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Recruiting/HR Industry Glossary Of Terms

2014-08-21 01:13:43

It is important to understand the basic concepts used by people evaluating your qualifications for a job.

Corporate/"Internal" Recruiter: a recruiter that works for a specific company hiring candidates directly for that company. May be either a FT or contract employee, usually has an email address with the company name. *See RPO

Agency Recruiter: a recruiter that works for a staffing agency; may be for full time jobs at another company, long term consulting, or temporary positions. For consulting/temporary position, the agency is in fact the employer. W2 or 1099.

Recruitment Placement Outsourcing: a model where a company hires an external vendor/agency to manage all or part of its recruiting function. This may include all inbound (applications, referrals) and outbound processes. The offer negotiation may be handled by hiring managers or the RPO.

University or Campus Recruiter/recruiting: employers looking at college students/campuses for interns and entry-level employees.

College Recruiter: Employee at a college or university that is seeking new students to enroll in their institution.

Campus Candidate: someone that is either still enrolled in a degree program, or is less than a year after graduation (usually applies to Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programs).

Industry Candidate: a job seeker (with or without a degree) with at least a year or employment history.

Hard skill: quantifiable, specific experience or information that is learned and demonstrated over a period of time.

CV (Cirriculum Vitae): an unabridged overview of a professional’s entire career including personal information, employment, full educational credentials, publications, affiliations and honors. Used primarily in Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America as well as specific industries in the North America (ie: research, education, law).

Application: a legal document employers ask applicants to complete prior to interviewing.

Reverse-chronologic format: A resume format that is a list of experience and education starting with the most recent employer (company, title, location, dates of employment) and a detailed summary of experience associated with the role.

Functional format: skills and experiences are grouped together (generally by similar classification), professional history is listed all in the same section (company, title, location, dates of employment)

Keyword search: a query process (also known as Boolean Logic/Search) incorporating an algorithm that matches specific phrases between a source and a destination, then returns a list of the matched results.

Minimum Requirement: A skill, type of experience, or educational qualification that is defined by an employer as the absolute lowest acceptable qualification for consideration of a specific job.

Preferred Qualification: highly desirable skills, experience, or education that is relevant or useful in a specific job or industry.

Applicant Tracking System: A relational database or system used by Recruiters and Human Resources professionals to track candidates and to publish job openings.

Soft skill: personality traits, behavioral patterns, communication styles etc. that characterize how one person interacts with other people.

Education: formal, matriculated education resulting in a diploma (HS) or a degree (AA/AS, BA/BS, MA/MS, PhD).

Training and certifications: professional development; may be provided on the job, via classes/seminars, or by taking a licensing exam. NOT considered part of "education".

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