May 30th is National Recruiter Day and every year a new People’s Choice Best Recruiter is named. 

Update 5/30/24: Our People’s Choice Best Recruiter for 2024 is Cody Ledbetter. Cody puts his heart and soul into his work and ran away with the title this year!

Update 5/30/23: We are excited to announce that Domonique Vargas has been named the 2023 People’s Choice Best Recruiter! Congrats to Domonique for this well-deserved recognition.

Update 5/30/22: Our very own Steven Lowell was nominated as this year’s People’s Choice Recruiter of 2022! Steven is a reverse recruiter, so he works on behalf of job seekers to match them with their dream jobs.

Update 5/30/21: We had 2 recruiters win People’s Choice Recruiter of 2021: Evan May and Rachel Galvanin! Read our winners’ advice on what it takes to be a great recruiter below.

Update 5/30/20: Tom Nearing has taken the People’s Choice Best Recruiter throne for 2020. We’re happy to celebrate this win with him!

Update 5/30/19: What an amazing year! We received 100+ recruiter nominations for our People’s Choice Best Recruiter Award and the 2019 winner is Rebecca Oppenheim from nextOPP Search!

Update 5/30/18: National Recruiter Day 2018 was a huge success. We hosted our first-ever People’s Choice Best Recruiter Award where Tabitha Cavanagh was named the best recruiter of 2018.


Can you believe it!? Up until May 2017, there was no National Recruiter Day.

There is a National Popcorn Day, a National Vodka Day, and even a National Custodial Workers Recognition Day.

There are thousands of national holidays but for some reason, no National Recruiter Day.

Well, the moment that every recruiter has been waiting for is here.

National Recruiter Day!

On May 30th, 2017, National Recruiter Day was born via a LinkedIn post that went viral:

National Recruiter Day LinkedIn Post

What is National Recruiter Day?

National Recruiter Day is the one day of the year when recruiters can take a break.

Recruiting is not easy. There are a lot of negative attitudes towards recruiters.

The least we can do is allow them one single day when we appreciate the good ones out there.

Sadly, as in every profession, there are some bad recruiters out there who have tainted the title ‘recruiter’.

National Recruiter Day is a day for everyone to hear about the life-changing impact a good recruiter can have on a job seeker’s career.

People’s Choice Best Recruiter Awards

Every year, the pros at Find My Profession survey hundreds of LinkedIn users to discover the “People’s Choice Best Recruiters”.

The recruiter with the most endorsements is featured in our ever-growing list of amazing recruiters that make a difference in the lives of job seekers across the globe.

Cody Ledbetter – Voted Best Recruiter 2024

Cody Ledbetter

Cody Ledbetter was voted by LinkedIn members as the #1 recruiter in 2024.

We asked Cody how it felt to be the winner and what advice he has for other recruiters.

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I am truly humbled and honored to receive this recognition as “People’s Choice Best Recruiter for 2024.” Balancing the demands of managing thousands of applicants each week with the goal of helping as many individuals as possible has been both challenging and rewarding. I extend my deepest gratitude to Kristina Ramos for the initial nomination, and to everyone who supported and nominated me with their kind words.

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Communicate Effectively:
Recruiters often face criticism for poor communication. It’s crucial to respond to potential candidates promptly. If a candidate is not selected to move forward, inform them. Similarly, if a position is filled while others are still in the process, “close the loop” by notifying them. Transparency and timely updates build trust and professionalism.

Maintain Transparency:
Be transparent throughout the ENTIRE recruiting process. Clearly communicate job expectations, timelines, and next steps to candidates. Honesty about the hiring process and providing constructive feedback when requested can greatly improve the candidate experience. If the candidate was not selected to move forward, let them know and give them closure. Transparency helps build a positive reputation and fosters trust with recruiters,  candidates, and hiring managers alike.

Network Continuously:
Successful recruiting hinges on strong networking. Connect with other recruiters and stay engaged with their posts. Sharing innovative techniques and strategies benefits the entire talent acquisition community. Collaboration fosters growth and success for all involved.

Assist Job Seekers Proactively:
Dedicate at least one hour a week to help job seekers optimize their resumes, enhance their LinkedIn profiles, refine their job search strategies, or improve their approach to recruiters. By doing this, you can make a significant impact, potentially assisting over 50 individuals each year. Encourage them to “pay it forward,” creating a ripple effect of support and goodwill.

Support Veterans:
As a veteran with 21 years of active duty experience, I understand the unique challenges veterans face when transitioning to civilian careers. Veterans often excel in leadership and management roles due to their training and experiences. Assist veterans in getting in front of hiring managers, as their skills and resilience make them valuable assets in any organization.

Thank you again for this incredible honor. I am committed to continuing my efforts in helping both job seekers and the recruiting community thrive.

Domonique Vargas – Voted Best Recruiter 2023

Domonique Vargas - National Recruiter Day Winner 2023

Domonique Vargas was voted by LinkedIn members as the #1 recruiter in 2023.

We asked Domonique how it felt to be the winner and what advice he had for other recruiters.

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I am honored and did not know this was even a thing, a big thank you to Steven Lowell for thinking of me for this recognition.

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  1. Treat people like people; be real.
  2. Decide what you want out of your job experience; then execute. If you want to earn more pay/more accolades you will have to put in extra effort.
  3. Constantly be on the prowl for how to stand out amongst the crowd of 1,000,000 other recruiters (content marketing is crucial for success in this tech driven world).
  4. KNOW the business, inside & out! Know your business, know your clients’, know your competitors’…etc., etc. Knowing the ins and outs of your industry and clients’ industries allows you to pivot on a dime as a recruiter, you’ll never have a ‘ramp up’ period for new searches.
  5. Take those calls. You can’t spare 10 minutes to plant a seed with a future prospect or client? Take. The. Call…!!
  6. Feeling drained? Your time is your energy & vice versa. Do you have a process for managing your busy calendar? For both work & life. Doing this keeps you JUICED and ready to tackle the next day of recruiting effort.

Steven Lowell – Voted Best Recruiter 2022

Steven Lowell was voted by LinkedIn members as the #1 recruiter in 2022.

We asked Steven how it felt to be the winner and what advice he had for other recruiters.

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I am beyond humbled, and blushing quite a bit, because I have been awarded this year’s People’s Choice Best Recruiter award. I know many amazing recruiters and I did not think this is something I would ever be awarded.

I am very grateful for the people who put their trust in me or write me personally to tell me, “You say things no one else does and it is always very helpful and refreshing.” This all serves as a reminder for me to stay focused on the impact I can offer people due to my experiences.

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Whether you started recruiting later in your career or started right out of school, remember to play the long-game in your career. You do this by:

  • Treating people with respect and communicating because you expect the same in return.
  • Never stop building connections. Remember the person you helped get that business analyst job today, may one day be a Vice President or CEO. And they will remember you.
  • Remember that the person you are interviewing was just like you the day before you were hired – a person looking for work, and probably not liking it.
  • Finally, this is not a game of word-matching and snap judgments. Stop, think, and research the very human reasons behind the strange things you see in your career. For example, why would a former actor/online community manager suddenly think, “I can be a recruiter at age 43.”
  • You are in a great position as a recruiter! There is lots to learn! Keep an open mind.

Evan May – Voted Best Recruiter 2021

Evan May

Evan May was voted by LinkedIn members as the #1 recruiter in 2021.

We asked Evan how it felt to be the winner and what advice he had for other recruiters.

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I’m grateful and humbled to have been awarded this year’s People’s Choice Best Recruiter award. It makes me question the discernment of “the People”!

I’m thankful for the community I’ve encountered in the LinkedIn talent acquisition world. I’ve found mentors and cheerleaders and family. I’m wondering where all the horrible recruiters are?

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It’s easy for me to offer advice to new recruiters because I’m still green in this profession. Green enough, in fact, to think I have wisdom worth sharing! Here are two perspectives that have served me:

  • Every failure forms you. This week I was speaking with a software developer. He appreciated that I understood some of the nuances of the technologies he uses, and I empathized with the challenges he faces. He said, “So many recruiters assume I’d be perfect for a role that has nothing to do with my experience.” But since I’m not a programmer, the only reason I could have an informed conversation about this is that I’ve misfired enough times! Everything that feels like a failure or a redirect is helpfully formative. These experiences shape you in ways that ultimately serve candidates and clients.
  • Every conversation is an opportunity to learn. Guiding candidates. Consulting companies. Closing deals. These functions create a posture of authority. You can begin to believe that your voice is the most important one in the conversation. But what will make your voice have any weight is if you’ve learned to listen. Listened to the insights and pain points and successes of candidates and hiring managers and hr professionals. Recruiters are consultants when they’ve become connoisseurs of conversations.

Rachel Galvanin – Voted Best Recruiter 2021

Rachel Galvanin

Rachel Galvanin was voted by LinkedIn members as the #1 recruiter in 2021.

We asked Rachel how it felt to be the winner and what advice he had for other recruiters.

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I was shocked and dropped my bagel on the ground. I am extremely grateful and thankful and it just pushes me to be the best!

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Be less salesy and more engaging. I still talk to hiring managers and contractors I placed over 8 years ago because I built such a great relationship with them and they trusted me. They then passed my name around to friends that were looking for new jobs and I got to know them on a personal level. Everyone wants that personal touch.

Also remember every day won’t be easy so you must be ready to fail. You will hit many road blocks and have candidates back out last minute which can be frustrating, but it’s life! You can’t be in control of everything and you will need to learn to face rejection head on to continue to be successful!!!

Tom Nearing – Voted Best Recruiter 2020

Tom Nearing

Tom Nearing was voted by LinkedIn members as the #1 recruiter in 2020.

We asked Tom how it felt to be the winner and what advice he had for other recruiters.

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I was totally humbled and blown away to be nominated and the response from those that supported me was surreal. Incredibly grateful to have been able to impact people in a way that they felt was valuable and beneficial. Grateful to Mike for his advocacy in this profession and encouraging best practices industry wide.

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  • Focus on relationships. Reputation is more valuable than gold. Focus on the money and both your reputation and the money will disappear. Focus on people and serving them to the best of your ability and the rest will take care of itself.
  • Be patient. While the mechanics are super straightforward and obvious, this profession is incredibly nuanced. This is one of the most people centric professions you could choose. Navigating human relationships and emotions is a skill learned over a lifetime. So, find someone you respect that has been here awhile and listen to their stories and takeaways.
  • If you don’t like roller coasters, this might not be a great fit for you. If you enjoy assisting two parties through delicate situations where fear and or anxiety is sometimes taken out on you, congrats, you landed your dream job.
  • Have fun. Be creative. Don’t entertain haters. Be honest. Be yourself. Make friends. Explore industries.Create fun content. Be helpful. Take road trips. Take chances. Don’t settle. Chase interests. Cultivate the Golden rule mentality – love others + about 1000 other things. Jump in, get your hands dirty, and come back and add to this list.

Rebecca Oppenheim – Voted Best Recruiter 2019

Rebecca Oppenheim

Rebecca Oppenheim was voted by LinkedIn members as the #1 recruiter in 2019.

We asked Rebecca how it felt to be the winner and what advice she had for other recruiters.

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I am humbled to be chosen for this year’s People’s Choice Best Recruiter! And thank you Mike for personally nominating me. It means a lot, especially since my company, nextOPP Search, helped you fill a leadership role earlier this year. There were a lot of incredible recruiters mentioned in the comments – people I am lucky to continually learn from. This is really for all of us.

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Find mentors. Recruiting is a roller coaster filled with daily wins and losses, but you aren’t alone. There are so many successful ones before you who love paying it forward – sharing best practices and lending advice when you are in a rut. I’m lucky to have found my now co-founder, Gail Buck, when I first started recruiting. She’s helped me accelerate my recruiting career and I’m forever grateful. But it doesn’t have to be someone within your company, or even your city. We constantly tell candidates to network – we should do it as well!

Tabitha Cavanagh – Voted Best Recruiter 2018

Tabitha Cavanagh

Tabitha Cavanagh was voted by LinkedIn members as the #1 recruiter for 2018.

We asked Tabitha how it felt to be the winner and what advice she had for other recruiters.

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I am extremely grateful and humbled to have been chosen as this year’s People’s Choice Best Recruiter! There are so many wonderful & deserving recruiters out there, some who were named and many who were not. To share the recruiter spotlight among these elite professionals is a true honor.

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Always begin with your WHY. That will drive you when the going gets tough. This business revolves around consistently and passionately elevating others. Be their advocate. Build authentic relationships and, at the end of the day, simply care about people. Ezra 10:4

How to Show Appreciation to Recruiters

Since National Recruiter Day was born on LinkedIn, it is only appropriate to show appreciation to your favorite recruiter on LinkedIn.

On May 30th, write a post on LinkedIn sharing your story about an amazing experience you have had with a recruiter.

If possible, tag that recruiter in your post and #NationalRecruiterDay.

Not only are you going to make that recruiter’s day, but you are also going to be a part of something huge!

Good recruiters are hard to come by, the ones who go above and beyond deserve a little recognition.

National Recruiter Day Fun Facts

Below are some Fun Facts about National Recruiter Day! 

  • National Recruiter Day began on May 30th, 2017 on LinkedIn.
  • It is a felony to say anything negative about a recruiter on National Recruiter Day (according to this author’s own legal system).
  • National Recruiter Day is recognized in over 15 countries including the USA, India, Brazil, UK, Canada, France, Italy, and Mexico.
  • National Recruiter Day is awesome and worthy of a day off (for recruiters only).
  • Recruiters are ‘thanked’ 10x more on National Recruiter Day than on any other day of the year.