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Dear Workforce How Many Positions Should Recruiters Handle

It depends on the difficulty in filling the position, as well as the number of openings per position.
October 8, 2000
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Dear Workforce:

We are looking for statistics for the optimum number of open requisitionswhich should be handled by each corporate recruiter.

-- Rachael Holstine, PHR

A Dear Rachael:

The number of requisitions that a recruiter can handle effectively is a toughone to gauge since certain positions are much harder to fill than others (i.e.Embedded Software Engineers vs. Help Desk Support).

Also the mix of positions plays a part since 10 different positions with twoopenings each is probably more difficult to fill than two different positionswith 10 openings each.

My guess is that a recruiter should have no more than 20-30 open requisitionsto handle at one time. Any more than that cause a decrease in the service levelprovided to both the internal customers as well as the applicants. Mostimportantly, the time needed to source to keep the pipeline full will suffersince more of your time will be spent on processing interviews.

SOURCE: Mike Sweeny, T. Williams Consulting,Collegeville, PA.

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