Many graduates don’t leave college, university and education with dreams of joining the Recruitment industry, for many people a career in recruitment is something they stumble upon. However, as soon as they do, they know it is the right career for them as they have a desire for adventure, the passion for helping people, the enjoyment of no two days being the same – and the drive to earn more income.
If you have the right skills and the diligence required, a profession in recruitment could be a highly lucrative role for you.
What to Expect From A Career in Recruitment
Recruitment involves matching the right candidate to right position in the right organisation, working in recruitment means that you are trying to find the most qualified candidate with the right personality to fit the role and the company. For example, here at Aspire Cambridge, we work hard to ensure we match people, roles and companies perfectly; it’s not about bums of seats for us because we really care about our clients and our candidates.
This also means that as a recruitment consultant you get that sense of pride, reward and accomplishment when you’ve been able to help both a client and a candidate bag their dream employee and future job role.
What You Need For a Career in Recruitment
If you think that a career in recruitment could work for you it is highly recommended that you have an educational degree or certification that allows you to establish credibility in your chosen field of recruitment. This could be something in human resources, social sciences, marketing, business administration or even psychology as these are all extremely useful skills in the recruitment world.
You will need to be a self motivated person with an entrepreneurial spirit and an ability to meet targets and achieve daily and weekly goals set for you. You need to have a go-getter attitude because clients and candidates will not always come to you, but you will need to go to them. You also need to be a confident person so the client and candidate know that they are in the right hands when they choose to work with you.
Your communication and presentation skills needs to be second to none, as you will be communicating with candidates and employers at all levels and from all backgrounds, very often presenting to groups of hiring managers who will want to ensure that you really know your stuff. It is a very sales focused role too as you will be selling your services to the client, but also the client to the candidate and the candidate to the client.
A positive attitude is essential as a recruitment consultant due to the setbacks and stumbles you may face; you will still have other candidates on your books that are relying on you to find them their next dream job and clients that are looking at you to resolve their recruitment needs.
Getting a Career in Recruitment
If you have decided that a career in recruitment would be the right career for you then first you need to decide which field or industry you would like to work in and then boost your skills and knowledge in this area wherever possible; then look for recruitment agencies that recruit for your chosen field and contact those companies for a meeting so you can discuss working for them.
You then need to develop a plan of how you will meet prospective client companies and then corresponding candidates; this may mean using connections from previous job roles or going out there and networking online or in person to meet new potential clients and candidates. Watch and learn from colleagues, don’t be afraid to ask questions and put their advice into action.
As you gain new candidates that are looking for work, take the time to organise a talent pool of these candidates using a database and include as much information as possible because when you meet more and more candidates they will start to blur into one. Make sure you gain references for your candidates so you know you are placing reliable candidates with your clients.
Then all you need to do is match available positions with your winning candidates – this is the final step of the recruitment process and often the trickiest part, but after your fist placement you’ll see just how rewarding and enjoyable a career in recruitment can be and you’ll be keen to continue creating other successful matches.
If you think a career in recruitment could be for you, why not contact our offices for a formal discussion?
Headquartered in Cambridge with regional presence in Kettering and Milton Keynes, Aspire Cambridge provide cost effective Recruitment and HR solutions to an impressive portfolio of customers spanning the UK and Europe. Working with a diverse collection of industries from start-ups to blue chip companies covering a vast range of sectors. Aspire Cambridge has an unrivalled knowledge of the jobs marketplace so it’s no wonder that they hold an impressive track record of exceeding client and candidate expectations.
How do they do it? By “Placing People First”.
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