OneReq Recruiter Academy

Kickstart your career in recruiting through this fully virtual training, built on a foundation of inclusion and diversity.

About The Academy

Curious about a career in Recruiting? Join the OneReq Recruiter Academy to learn the skills and develop the network to break into this in-demand profession.

Focusing on BIPOC students, our mission is to train the next generation of diverse recruiters by providing mentorship, networking, and a full curriculum of marketable recruiting skills.

Why The Academy

We want to bring more BIPOC into recruiting.

Focus Areas


Learn the tools and tricks to find and attract top talent, with strategies centered on diversity and inclusion.


Understand how to partner with internal teams to conduct seamless and impactful interview processes.


What is an Applicant Tracking System anyway? Navigate the candidate tracking tools used by recruiting teams across the globe.

Hiring Strategy

Optimize your own job hunt, with mentorship, resources and programs to help land an entry-level recruiting role.

Meet Your Instructor

Layne Austin

Layne Austin

Director, OneReq Recruiter Academy​
Layne has been a university recruiter, and a massive intern-cheerleader, in the Bay Area for over 5 years. She's worked in various industries, including Healthcare, Energy, Automotive and Technology. She currently recruits at Salesforce, focusing on MBA recruiting, and is pursuing an MBA herself at UC Davis Graduate School of Management. She's been involved in OneReq since 2018 and loves working with the community.

Michele Tse

Michele Tse

Director, OneReq Recruiter Academy​
Michele is a Recruiting Manager that focuses on early career talent and events at Oscar Health. She’s been in recruiting for 5+ years and has hired entry to senior level talent while building & scaling recruiting programs. Prior to joining Oscar, Michele worked at AppDynamics and Fitbit.
She is an SF Native who made the move across country to NYC. She’s been involved with OneReq since 2017 and is passionate about building community and helping individuals jumpstart their careers.


Program Outline

We are excited to bring together this curated schedule of workshops, trainings, and timely discussions amongst your peers.

  • Understand the principles of recruiting, learn the hands-on skills to execute a recruiting strategy, and access a network to help you land an entry-level recruiting role.
  • Gain support from your peers in the private slack group


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  • Week - 2
  • Week - 3
  • Week - 4

Week - 1

What is recruiting anyway? Understand the function of recruiting in an organization, and learn about the variations in role, industry and company size.


Week - 2

Learn the tools and technologies that make a recruiter successful. Learn from leading Application Tracking System providers and get a feel for managing candidate pipelines and processing offers.


Week - 3

Understand and practice the first two steps of the recruiting process: attract and source. Hear from talent branding professionals, start building boolean search skills and draft unforgettable LinkedIn messages.


Round out recruiting skills by working on interviewing and hiring! Learn how to conduct a polished interview, build and manage a hiring team and understand necessary steps to make a hire. Week 4 ends with workshops and tools to become a compelling candidate for an entry-level recruiting role!


Post Program

Although the curriculum ends at four weeks, the support the community will provide does not end there! Graduates of the program will have special access to a job board of entry-level recruiting roles, and will have continued access to mentorship and support during their career search.


Join the next cohort to begin your recruiting career. 

We are looking for students and new grads who are excited about a career in recruiting, proven self-starters, and love working with people. Prior work experience in customer service or working on a team is helpful but not required. Students who identify as underrepresented minorities are highly encouraged to apply.

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Get Involved


The OneReq Recruiter Academy runs four times every year, and the cirriculum spans one month.

Application Requirements:

  • Resume
  • Current University student or within one year of graduating
  • Two short – answer essay questions
  • In 300 words or less, please explain why you are interested in becoming a recruiter.
  • In 300 words or less, please describe your experience advocating for diversity, inclusion and equality.

The OneReq Recruiter Academy live trainings and workshops will be hosted on zoom. Supplemental discussions and network will take place on Slack. Additional asyncronous videos and reading will be assigned throughout the cirriculum.

The OneReq Recruiter Academy accepts applicants on a rolling basis. Apply through the link on this page (above). Our program managers will respond to your application within one month of applying.

The OneReq Recruiter Academy is free for students. We have a suggested donation of $25 to cover the cost of using Slack, but this fee is not required.

Who can apply? We are looking for current students and new grads who are excited about a career in recruiting, proven self-starters, and love working with people. Prior work experience in customer service or working on a team is helpful but not required. Students who identify as underrepresented minorities are highly encouraged to apply.