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Recruiting Specialist

Job ID: 5581

Updated: Mar 24, 2021

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Human Resources


About Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a preeminent, full-service law firm with offices around the world and a staff as diverse as the practice areas we support. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to medium and small corporations, financial institutions, and private equity firms.  Known for our commitment to excellence, Kirkland strives to provide superior service to our clients as well as our fellow employees. From Information Technology to Human Resources, Paralegal Services to Business Development, Kirkland offers non-attorney professionals challenging careers in a variety of functional areas. Whether starting or growing your career, Kirkland can offer a performance-driven culture filled with bright and innovative teams of co-workers.

Essential Job Functions

Position Overview:

As a member of the Staff Recruiting team, the Recruiting Specialist will be responsible for all aspects of full-life cycle recruitment efforts for support staff, primarily in the firm’s Chicago location.  Additionally, the Recruiting Specialist will serve as an interview coach to hiring managers, track departmental metrics, and develop staffing reports as needed.

Assist with all aspects of technical and non-technical recruiting processes

  • Manage applicant flow within ATS
  • Source resumes for desired core competencies and technical skill sets
  • Proactively source passive talent for active roles and build pipeline for potential future opportunities
  • Prequalify candidates based on job description details and present qualified candidates to hiring managers for further consideration
  • Conduct phone screens, video interviews, and in-person interviews
  • Manage interview processes including scheduling, skills testing, and escorting candidates
  • Manage offer process and negotiations with final candidates
  • Coordinate pre-hire and onboarding steps with HR Recruiting Coordinator

Consult with hiring managers

  • Work closely with hiring managers to understand hiring needs of the department
  • Serve as subject matter expert and assist hiring managers with structuring an interview process and developing interview guidelines.

Manage vendor relationships.

  • Partner with third-party staffing firms as necessary for hard-to-fill positions
  • Maintain professional relationships with recruiting firms and professional organizations.
  • Secure contract workers as needed for various departments.


  • Prepare recruitment status reports and metrics for hiring managers on a weekly basis
  • Collaborate with Recruiting team to record activity and track staffing metrics


  • Other duties as assigned.


This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required
  • 5+ years of full-cycle recruiting experience required, ideally in a law firm or other professional services organization
  • Excellent communication skills and a proven track record of working in a fast-paced environment


  • Applicant tracking systems - PeopleSoft preferred
  • Experience with LinkedIn Recruiter
  • Knowledge of Boolean search logic
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Experience with Zoom or other video meeting platforms

Certificates, Licensures, Registrations

  • PHR or SHRM is a plus

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

All employment decisions, including the recruiting, hiring, placement, training availability, promotion, compensation, evaluation, disciplinary actions, and termination of employment (if necessary) are made without regard to the employee’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy or childbirth, personal appearance, family responsibilities, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, political affiliation, source of income, place of residence, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, physical or mental disability, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Closing Statement

The job postings and recruiting mailbox are for candidates only. If you are a recruiter, search firm or employment agency, and do not have a signed contract with Kirkland & Ellis LLP ("K&E") and have not been asked specifically to submit candidates, you will not be compensated in any way for your referral of a candidate even if K&E hires the candidate. Direct contact with K&E employees in an attempt to present candidates is inappropriate and will be a factor in determining any future professional relationship with the Firm.