Is Recruitment the Career for You?

A career in recruitment does not often appear at the top of many graduates’ dream job list. It is not a career that instantly springs to mind when figuring out what you want to do. It is, however, a career that can be fulfilling and financially rewarding.

Recruitment Consultants help employers find suitable candidates to grow their businesses. These could be temporary or permanent placements entering any level of an organisation. It’s an important role that involves making a difference to many people’s lives and making an impact on your clients’ businesses.

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The recruitment industry continues to rapidly grow and expand as demonstrated by the chart on the right. The majority of employers do not have the time or resources required to effectively manage their own recruitment in-house and this is why they reach out to recruitment consultancies.

A Recruitment Consultant’s responsibilities generally include:

  • Attending meetings with clients, getting to know their business, vacancy details and candidate requirements
  • Reviewing job applications
  • Conducting interviews with candidates
  • Matching candidates with roles that suit their personality and skill-set
  • Updating candidates on the status of their application
  • Building and maintaining client and candidate relationships is the key

As the responsibilities may suggest, a Recruitment Consultant’s skill-set should be relatively similar to that of a salesperson. Much like in sales, recruiters generally have targets for the number of placements they should be aiming to make each month and they are rewarded well for meeting these targets.

In terms of skills and personality, Recruitment Consultants should be:

  • Excellent communicators with great interpersonal skills
  • Positive thinkers
  • Interested in people, their personalities and what motivates them
  • Driven by targets
  • Money-motivated
  • Organised
  • Commercially aware
  • Enthusiastic and energetic

Ultimately, a career in recruitment is exciting and rewarding. You will be able to develop professionally and grow a valuable skill-set. There are also plenty of opportunities to progress to management in the future. It’s a fast-paced role with daily challenges and an element of pressure, perfect for driven and ambitious individuals who strive for success.

If you think that recruitment could be the career for you, why not visit our Work for Us page and apply for a role here with Bridgewater?

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