ecruiter handle / how many is too many? You got your answer, between 4-8 seems to be the answer. Wait, or is the answer 15 or is it 45? It seems people are interpreting your question to mean different things. I can't imagine that 4 to 45 as being a numerical answer comes from people who thought they were both asked the same question.
Let's qualify the question.
Are we talking on the temp or perm placement side? - The temp business has overall a greater number of actual hires. Keep in mind many of these temps only last 1-3 months. You might be making multiple placements with the same candidate with different clients. Theoretically, you could make 3-4 placements per year with the same candidate. How likely is that to happen with a full-time placement?
Are we talking agency or corporate in-house roles? - "Managing" open positions for a corporate person is different. They have different pressures and expectations which includes reporting, compliance, process management, and managing vendors. It's not just about the end result but the process of how that happens. Also, the amount of support this person has either adds or offloads administrative work which could have an effect on actual performance.
Are we talking a specific vertical or a broad range of industries and roles? - If you're a generalist, you're always starting from zero with each req. If you're a specialist, you might already have some kind of a pipeline or network for a position you're working on. This, of course, effects numbers.
Are we talking about a sole full-life cycle recruiter with no support or a recruiter who has a sourcer, robust ATS, and other tools and assistance at his/her fingertips? - Going back to my point above with the corporate recruiter. There are robust environments with lots of support where companies take recruiting seriously. Then there are environments where internal recruiting is new or they are tight on budget and don't have any tools for the recruiter effectively making his work exceedingly difficult. Obviously, these two individuals will have different numbers despite being equally talented.
How many reqs is too many? How many positions can you manage? It depends.
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