When will a college or university have a degree program in recruiting? We have hundreds of universities and colleges that now offer human resources programs. Two of my good friends, Matt Stollak, and Marcus Stewart are both professors of HR programs. I have yet to see one program in Recruiting and Talent Acquisition.
For the most part the degree programs that fill recruiting positions are:
Liberal Arts degrees – history, art, other things you won’t ever get a job in.
The recruiting industry takes all degree programs where people can’t get a job making enough to live on! An entry level recruiter can usually make around $40,000 to $50,000 in their first year. The best recruiters make six figures. Not a bad professional, white collar level compensation for a four-year degree program. Many professions would love to be in that compensation level.
I think we could easily come up with two years’ worth of undergrad classes. Let’s face it, you only need about 60 credits or 20 classes, to have a complete major in most programs. The rest of the classes are the ‘basics’ we all take when attending university in the first two years.
Here are some of my ideas for classes in my Bachelors of Recruiting program:
Recruiting 101 – History of Recruiting
Recruiting 102 – Recruiting Processes and Procedures
Recruiting 103 – Recruiting Communication and Marketing
Recruiting 104 – Sourcing
Recruiting 105 – Negotiation, Offers, and Recruiting Finance
Recruiting 106 – 100 ways to connect with people – #1 is the Phone!
Recruiting 107 – Writing Job Descriptions like a Marketer
Recruiting 201 – Employment Branding
Recruiting 202 – Candidate Experience
Recruiting 203 – Recruiting Technology
Recruiting 204 – Advanced Sourcing
Recruiting 205 – Specialty Recruitment
Recruiting 206 – Recruiting Analytics
Recruiting 207 – The Law & Candidates
Recruiting 301 – Senior Project – solving real-life recruiting problems in real-world companies
Not quite a full class load, but I think we could easily build that out with great content. So, here’s the big question. If a university offered a degree in Recruiting, would you look to hire those people into your shop?
I would! I think many of us would. Any classes you would add to the above list!