Last year the number of businesses operating in the recruitment industry increased by 10 per cent, despite being challenged by Brexit, developing technologies and changes in tax and immigration laws. It’s predicted that the industry will continue to grow by another 5 per cent in 2020/21 – making this an incredibly exciting time to start your career in recruitment.
If you’re tenacious and thrive in a fast-paced environment, this could be the career path for you. It’s a popular choice for graduates, as you won’t be expected to have a wealth of experience or specific qualifications – especially here, where our on-boarding team will have you ready in no time. Instead, you’ll just need to prove that you’ve got a can-do attitude and strong desire to succeed.
Great career progression
Throughout your whole career, you’ll be rewarded for hard work, a positive attitude and dedication to the role – and promotions within your first few years are commonplace. Graduate schemes are a popular way to get into the industry, and there are hundreds to choose from. If you’ve got great interpersonal skills, a solid academic background and a competitive streak, then this could be a great option for you.
Every day you’ll be engaging with new candidates, existing clients and scouting out talent. There’s no such thing as a typical day in recruitment, as your to-do list can vary hugely between days. Recruitment consultants are always looking to meet targets, but you’ll be focusing on new tasks every time you sit down at your desk – when you’re not interviewing, meeting clients or attending events, that is.
Many companies use commission as an incentive – so do your job well and you’ll likely be earning more than just your base salary. In the recruitment industry, it’s easy to track your successes, meaning they’re often recognised too. Work hard, see the results and get rewarded for it, both financially and otherwise. Lunch clubs, holidays and new opportunities are all within reach.
A competitive environment
Essentially, filling a vacancy is like a competition – you’re constantly going up against other recruiters. Convincing an employer to choose your candidate isn’t easy, but it’s a great feeling when you’re successful. Besides, when you’re not, it only motivates you to try harder next time.
Matching up a talented candidate to their dream role is satisfying – but helping them to secure it makes your job worthwhile. When you’ve developed a great relationship with a candidate and taken the time to fully understand their needs, you’ll feel a great deal of satisfaction when they accept the job offer.
If you’re a people person, recruitment is for you. You’ll constantly be liaising with candidates, clients and employers – essentially, you’ll be meeting someone new every day. This means you’ll also need to know what questions to ask so that you can get to know your candidates as quickly as possible. Client meetings over lunch and networking events will be a regular feature in your diary.
Platforms like LinkedIn are becoming increasingly popular places to advertise vacancies, and we’re beginning to see how artificial intelligence, social media and emerging trends are affecting the recruitment process. As result, your career certainly won’t be boring – in fact, you’ll be constantly chasing after the latest developments to ensure you stay at the top of your game, further fuelling that competitive environment.