Why recruitment is one of the best career options available today
by Heat Recruitment
By Hollie Thomas
What did you want to be when you grew up? Chances are the answer wasn’t a recruitment consultant. When thinking about a career in recruitment, people often picture a rowdy room of pinstripe suit-wearing persons looking for the next ‘sale’ or bonus. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
What many don’t realise is that a career in recruitment isn’t about the ‘hard sell’ – it’s about creating human connections… building relationships, problem solving and helping others. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has now unveiled research that the industry is currently worth £32.2 billion, with 35,725 registered agencies in the UK, 9,001 starting up in 2017 alone.
The market is clearly booming – and nowhere is this more obvious than in Bristol – at Heat Recruitment, we’ve now recorded a 165.3% growth in turnover on last year’s figures. A career as a recruitment consultant has become increasingly respected and popular over the last few years, so why should you consider a career in recruitment?
Fantastic earning potential
The basic salary for consultants can be fairly low, especially if you are just starting out, however the ability to earn significant bonuses upon meeting target vastly offsets this. Depending on the commission structure your potential earnings could be huge, enabling you to earn additional income for that dream holiday, to buy your new car, or to save for a deposit for your first home.
Fast career progression
It’s never too late to make a career change, and Millennials are bucking the trend when it comes to workplace loyalty. A career in recruitment can result in fast progression up the career ladder, providing you with the skills and knowledge to progress as a Senior Recruitment Consultant or move into other departments such as Human Resources or Business Development. With this increase in seniority, earning potential rises in tandem.
Flexibility in work
Working as a recruitment consultant gives you the opportunity to run your desk – essentially as your own business. If you want to work with a specific brand or client, why not go out and secure them as a new client? Working with an agency means you get to work with some of the highest profile clients and brands on the market today.
The people factor
Do you remember the feeling of getting your last job? It’s thrilling. Despite its reputation, recruitment is a people-based business. On a daily basis, the best recruiters can not only find people their new careers, sharing in that electrifying moment, but can earn a commission from doing so.
If you’re personable and can build both rapport and effective working relationships, then you already possess some of the vital skills to becoming a successful consultant.
Gain invaluable insight into different areas and industry sectors
This gives you the opportunity to find which area and industry sector you really enjoy working in – adding to your skillset as a result. Finding your specialism is a goal that many people fall short of 30 years in to their careers – recruitment is often seen as a fast track to finding the right fit for your career path.
Many agencies will have a work hard, play hard culture. Combined with enviable commission rates, many will offer additional workplace benefits.
So, if you’re motivated by specific goals and targets, building excellent working relationships with clients and candidates and gain job satisfaction by helping others and problem solving, then maybe, just maybe you want to be a recruitment consultant when you grow up.