As this is my first blog in the recruitment industry, I decided to share my thoughts with other graduates out there on the primary reasons to consider a career in recruitment. As I completed both under and postgraduate studies in marketing, I was convinced on my return from travelling I would attain a position in this field. However, in the meantime a close friend contacted me via LinkedIn, enquiring if I had ever considered a role in recruitment. Initially, I was under the impression recruitment was a HR role, hence I was very sceptical. As a result, I found myself online researching the industry with the aim of a more in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the area. This led to quite the opposite opinion upon completing my research. Ultimately, recruitment is a sales role with many other elements that can benefit so many graduates including myself at the start of their career.
Personally, I believe there is a lot to learn in the ‘real world’, in other words the real experience in a commercial space. The role of a Recruitment Consultant requires numerous diverse elements, from contacting organisations and individuals to researching roles, firms and industries. My personal favourite is meeting business professionals of firms and attaining an understanding of their recruitment needs (nerve-racking at first but very enjoyable)! Additionally, many of the required skills and attributes that are essential in recruitment are transferable to other occupations and are indeed attained in a graduate’s education.
Individuals that are very strong academically can do well in this space. I also firmly believe that high achievers in the sporting circles can excel in recruitment too, the rationale for this being that sportspeople tend to have a competitive lifestyle along with the want to be the best and come out on top. In other words, a competitive mind-set I believe is paramount throughout recruitment, having the ability to reach goals and hit the central target of placing candidates in new positions. The level of satisfaction that comes with this end goal is comparable to winning a championship game for sporting people and vice versa.
However, recruitment is extremely hard work, yet the approach I take is ‘if people are not open to hard work then they will struggle to have a hugely successful career in any industry’. If individuals like the sound of entrepreneurship and have that flare then you will enjoy recruitment, you are literally building your own mini business.
Recruitment is an industry where perhaps the ‘shy a retiring’ might not flourish. For instance, occasionally you will be required to have conversations with MD’s of organisations, questioning them on their recruitment requirements. Hence, it’s vital that you do not let that exercise phase you, and to add to the intensity is the open plan offices with all your colleagues who have the ability to listen to your conversations. Personally, this was the element of the job I dreaded most. Although I would not consider myself shy or lacking confidence, I felt nervous if I responded inappropriately or was unable to answer a question posed. On the other hand, I believe if you don’t suffer some nerves when doing something for the first time then you do not want it enough.
Finally, if money motivates you, recruitment is an ideal position due the high commission earning potential if you excel in the industry. However, besides the commission side of the field, the excitement of placing a candidate in the job they wanted is a pure rush. That sense of achievement is so difficult to describe, I will never forget my first placement. I could not believe it, I was thrilled! I also proved to myself that I could actually do this, hence seeking this sensation on a daily basis.
I hope this piece has provided both insight and an understanding of the industry for graduates. If you believe this occupation is something you would enjoy I recommend getting in touch with recruitment agencies.