Helping you find a career in the recruitment industry
If you're the kind of person who likes to help other people find their path in life, then the recruitment industry might be for you. Recruitment involves matching candidates to the roles that best suit their interests and skills. It can be a rewarding experience because it means you get to be the one noticing potential talent that others may miss. You'll get to recommend people for promotions or new positions that may open up a variety of new opportunities for them.
You may work for an in-house recruiter, meaning you'll be recruiting individuals for one particular company. Alternatively, you may work for a recruitment agency and will be hired by clients to find the right applicant for roles they're recruiting.
You'll often be looking for candidates with a specific skill set for a particular job. Your goal is to find the very best talent for the position. Often, you'll be aiming for a specific target and will earn commission depending on how successful you are. This means there can be a lot of money in recruitment, with more experienced recruiters earning around £30,000 plus commission.
Typically, you'll start off as a resourcer. That means you'll be doing research and finding potential candidates as part of a team run by a more senior member. As you continue through your career, you'll gain more experience and responsibility, normally after a period as a resourcer you'll move into a client-facing role, building relationships with a number of different clients.
You'll often be calling potential clients or candidates, so make sure your phone manner is up to scratch!
Often, you'll need a degree, although there aren't usually specific subjects to study. Degrees in business, economics or a humanities subject can give you some of the skills you'll need. However, if you have a lot of experience in a particular field, you may be able to get a position without needing a degree if your skills match what the company is looking for in a recruiter.