So, What Does A Talent Acquisition Coordinator *Actually* Do?

What are the duties of a TA Coordinator?

The duties of a TA Coordinator are, in my opinion, similarly to an Administrative Assistant. We partner with Recruiters at the company, and about 85-90% of what we do is schedule interviews for external and internal candidates (calendar management), handle logistics of interviews, booking conference rooms, creating interview agendas, making sure candidates are on the security check-in list, ordering food if necessary, handling the background and drug test activity for candidates and over being the face of the company, as we are the people that a candidate is interacting with up to on boarding!!

Who is this job ideally for/not for?

The job is ideally for someone who is organized, knows how to prioritize, wants to become a recruiter, doesn’t mind being an assistant to a recruiter, knows how to communicate with people of all levels in a company, knows how to get things done and how to find alternatives in a situation where something goes wrong.  This job is not for someone who doesn’t know how to be organized or how to prioritize things.  This job isn’t for someone who is looking for an ‘easy’ job, who doesn’t like repetitive work, etc.

What’s a typical day like for a talent acquisition coordinator?

A typical day for a talent acquisition coordinator consist of coordinating the interview process for external and internal candidates.  You come in to work for the day and you’ll have an interview schedule request from your recruiter.  Your next step is to reach out to the candidate to get their availability for the next two weeks and the interview panels availability for the next two weeks.  Once you have everyone’s availability, it’s a big puzzle piece of trying to get an interview agenda together.  You’re booking conference rooms, putting the candidate on the security list, getting lunch for any candidates who will be interviewing for a long period of time, etc.  You may also have an offer request from your recruiter.  The recruiter will give you the basic information (salary, location, start date, bonuses (if any), etc.) and you plug that information into the applicant tracking system and send it out for approvals.  Once it’s approved, you send the offer letter to the candidate, unless of course, the hiring manager wants to be the one to send the offer letter.  Putting together on-boarding packaged for the candidate and mailing it out.  You may be handling reimbursements for candidates who have spent their own money on food or gas.  On days that candidates have onsite interviews, you could also be escorting the candidates to their interviews.

What are the usual job requirements?

Any type of HR/Talent Acquisition experience.  Probably administrative experience as well.  Before I got into the field of Talent Acquisition, I only had experience as an Admissions Representative and Career Coach (However, don’t be like me, but I believe I put I experience doing recruitment in undergrad, which I didn’t)

What’s the average salary like?

Depends on the company and where you stay.  In Nashville, the pay can be as low at $15/hr and up to $53,000.  While in Los Angeles, the highest I have seen was about $70,000 for the job title.  In Memphis, I’ve seen some as low as $10 and some as high up $67,000.  It really depends on your experience, location and what you are willing to take for the position.

Job Hopping

Indeed, LinkedIn and Glassdoor are probably the top three sites I stroll through the most.  More than Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  I wake up and religiously look at any new jobs that are currently available in the Greater Nashville Area.  I have no idea why I do this but I do.  Even when I’ve only been at a job for a week.  While in LA, I probably applied to over 100 or so jobs.  I liked both of my jobs, but I think I kept searching and searching because I was in contract roles and I wanted a full-time job with benefits.  In my current role, I also stroll through jobs like crazy.  But now it’s different, I’ve been strolling through jobs because I am ready for the next step in my career.  Currently I am a Talent Acquisition Coordinator and the next step is a Talent Acquisition Specialist, also known as a Recruiter.  I also consistently stroll through these job sites because I want a job that pays more than what I’m getting paid now.

However, doing this looks extremely bad, especially when I haven’t been at said companies for a long time.  I’ve been in my current position now for about 6 months, but a couple of months when I started applying to other jobs, I’d only been in the role for 2-4 months.  A question that often comes up is, “Why are you looking for a new role?” or my application would get rejected before a recruiter would call me because I’ve only been in my current role for a short period of time, obvisouly they’re thinking, well if she’s only been in that role for 2 months and is looking for something new, she’s going to do the same thing once she starts working here.

Right after I accepted my position with my current company, a recruiter had reached out to me on LinkedIn about how there’s an opportunity that she’d like to talk to me about in my area, etc., etc., etc., but I told her that I had just accepted a new position.  Well fast forward to four months later and I’d reached back out to her on LinkedIn and asked her if we could just have a phone conversation about my my career aspirations, necessary steps I needed to take to get there and just overall advice.  We scheduled a phone conversation and she basically told me to stick it out with my company for at least a year.  Don’t put in job applications in other place and to only consider leaving my current company if an other company reached out to me for a full-time role in exactly what I want to do in life.  In a year, hopefully a role in what I want to do in my career field will open at my current company and if not, at least I have that longevity on my resume for my current company.  She told me keywords to look for when that time does come around to search.  It was a really good conversation.  I told her my issues and she just really had good advice overall.

So below, I have listed a couple of cons to think about if you’re a job hopper:

Think about what it’ll look to recruiters/hiring manager.  If you are at companies for a short period of time and are at your current company for a short period of time and are looking for a new job, it raises a flag to those people.  I remember I applied for a job once and the recruiter reached out to me with an e-mail asking, why I had been in my roles for only a short period of time.  I thought I had good answers for each, but obviously they weren’t good enough because she never reached back out to me.  The recruiter I reached out to on LinkedIn also made a valid point.  Two of my jobs were contract roles and although I have that stated on my resume and that would be an obvious reason as to why I stayed at my jobs for a short period of time, to a recruiter or hiring manager, it would then raise the question, “Well why do you keep only applying to contract positions?”

Seeking opportunities/advancement within your company.  Sometimes it’s not about the company, but rather your job title and duties that you have an issue with.  For me, I am bored of being in the Coordinator role.  I’ve done this for the last year and I think it’s time for me to move up.  However, as opposed to looking outside my company, I should be looking for opportunities within the company when that time comes.  It’ll look better and the chances are higher for you getting the job when you’re an internal candidate.  A lot of companies also welcome getting experience in different departments if that’s something that you desire.

It can hurt you financially.  A lot of times, hopping from job to job can hurt you financially.  You get your last paycheck from your most recent job, but than you may end up waiting up to three weeks before you can see a paycheck because of when you came in and started your first day.  If you don’t already have money saved up, you can be put into a financial burden.

Basically, I said all of this to say, if you’re in a position and you don’t like, try to stick it out for at least 6 months or if your resume is choppy, for a year.

That One Time I Worked at Amazon for a Day

Since moving to California, I’ve had 4 jobs so far.  My most recent one was working at Amazon.  I applied to the job because I was originally looking for PT, overnight, 9p-1:45a or 11p-3:45a to bring in a little extra cash.  I was working my second job in LA as a Recruiter and I realized how much I hated working there.  During my time at that job, I ended up interviewing for a new job that was near my house and getting it(although I didn’t get it until after I quit this job as a Recruiter), but I wouldn’t be starting for another week and I was like I hate working here but I can’t stop working because I need money to be consistently coming in and by the grace of God, Amazon had e-mailed me to let me know that they had some FT positions available either 5a-1:30p or 5p-1:30a.  I immediately got excited and signed up for the 5a-1:30p shift because I thought it would be the perfect shift for someone like me to work.  Work all morning and then either sleep all day, network, interview for other jobs, get my life together, etc.  My first day was on a Sunday morning.  I went to sleep around 12:00a, although I laid down at 10:00p.  At 4:00a, my alarm went off and I really thought to myself, am I really about to go to Amazon and work this shift? Or do I just want to say fuck it all and wait until I start my other new job? Well after contemplating for about 10 minutes, I got my ass up and drove to my first day of work at Amazon.  Bih, I was in that thang like:


Like any other job, the first day at Amazon, was full of training, supervisor talking and going through many slides from a PowerPoint. 😦 About an hour before lunch, they sent us off to an Amazon Ambassador who decided to have us doing work in the Cooler.  They only have a select few coats for us when we do have to go into the Cooler and/or Freezer so if you didn’t already have your own jacket, you was ass’d out.  We was in that thang for an hour before lunch and about 2 hours after lunch.  I was in there like:


When I went to lunch (because we weren’t allowed to have our phone on the floor), I text my cousin and told her that I wasn’t coming back after today.  But then I sent a second text and said jk, I need money I’ll be back tomorrow.  After my shift ended, I swear I ran up out of there like:


When I got off, my cousin called and asked if I wanted to go over to someones house to go eat and wash clothes.  I was like yeah that’s fine just as long as we don’t be over there all day because a bih like me is tired. 😦 Luckily by the time we got to our destination the food was already done so I ate and instantly got the itis.  I was sleep for a good 2-3 hours.  Whenever my cousin and I got home, she asked if I was going back the next day, I was like nah I’m not going to go, but I mainly didn’t go because I had to do my i9 and take a drug test for my new job, so I was like I’m just not going to show up today, but on Wednesday (since I had Tuesday’s off) I’m a show up on they ass.  Needless to say, I never went back.

UPDATE: Because I realized I need to stack my coins up and my employment status with the company was still active and not terminated (by the grace of God), I decided to stay with the company and work PT, overnight Sa-Mo 9:30p-2:15a.  Y’all pray for your girl because Lord knows I ain’t about this warehouse life.