Recruitment Mini-Guide

13/04/2017

When a company is looking for staff to fill a vacancy, they’ll often use an external Recruitment Consultant. They do all the leg work and check through hundreds of CVs to find the right person for the role.

Career – Recruitment

What is it?

When a company is looking for staff to fill a vacancy, they’ll often use an external Recruitment Consultant. They do all the leg work and check through hundreds of CVs to find the right person for the role. Lots of recruitment agencies are industry specific, so their pool of candidates will be niche and looking for a specific range of jobs.  You’ll need to liaise with companies looking to fill their roles, and find them the right candidate by building and checking out a database of potentials - talking to them about their experience, CVs as well as finding out in detail they’re looking for, saving the company valuable time.

What skills and qualifications will I need?

You’ll need to be an excellent salesperson, driven and focused, a hard worker and prepared to work long hours. Lots of the working day is spent on the phone, talking to clients, selling and negotiating. The role offers a basic salary with commission on top generally based on the salary you secure for the candidate. The earning potential is vast and is one of the major attractions of the role.

What else do I need to know?

Graduates in this industry work hard and play hard – the monetary rewards are limited only by the effort and work you put in. If you work as an industry specific recruiter (eg IT or Pharmaceutical Sales), you’ll need to find out as much as you can about the work involved with the roles and can become a specialist in your field very quickly.

Top Tip

There are two different sides to the role – the candidate side – work on your shortlisting and interviewing skills and the client side which can involve talking to MDs as well as HR departments depending on the size of the company.  You’ll need to be confident so they trust you can find them the right candidate.

Find an internship or work experience within the industry – it’s not for everyone and you’ll quickly know if you enjoy the buzz and the pressured environment.

Where can I get more information?

The Recruitment Grapevine is full of industry news https://www.recruitmentgrapevine.com

The professional recruitment bodies include The Recruitment & Employment Confederation https://www.rec.uk.com and The Institute of Recruiters http://www.theior.org.uk