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    Hello TSR

    I would like to hear about the experiences and opinions of graduates who working in recruitment as a recruitment consultant and weather this is a worthwhile opportunity to pursue as a long term career having previous exposure to sales. What are the positives and negatives of working in this role?

    Appreciate your thoughts and opinions.

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    Hi there,

    Although I do not work in recruitment, I applied to many jobs in the sector, and developed quite good experience on the 'recruitment process' and the ways some consultancies work.

    Positively, it is a rapidly expanding sector, with a diverse range of specialisms depending on which area suits your interest. Personally I was very interested in office and financial recruitment, so I applied to companies specialising in those areas. Furthermore. Each company is unique and can be vastly different to their competitors. Venn Group for instance work as a team, whereas Hays, Graduate Futures, and office Angels etc. employ recruiters who work individually, but still form a wider team. As such, friendships and office social life is a fundamental part of the sector, so I would recommend finding a consultancy which really suits your needs, and whose employees you could envisage working with on a daily basis. In addition, the sector also offers lucrative financial rewards for those who work very hard, and many companies also offer holiday/ social incentives alongside bonuses.

    However, there are many limitations to recruitment consultancy. The hours can be ridiculously long, often with a poor work life balance. As quoted to me by a former Hays employee, "the rewards come to those who say goodbye to a social life". Also, the industry has a very high drop out rate, especially amongst graduates, many of whom join the sector without realising the compromises needed to succeed, so ensure you research the sector thoroughly before pursuing a career in it. Finally, some consultancies are entirely financially motivated, and thereby lack true care for their clients. One company I was interviewed by were proud in having this reputation, with the interviewer saying they, "didn't care a s**t" for the people depending on them to find suitable jobs. This personally caused me to decide against a career in recruitment, though I do acknowledge there are many companies out there which provide an excellent customer service.

    Sorry for the long post, but I hope this has given you some idea. I lacked sales experience, and found the sector to not be an area for me. But I hope with your experience and aspirations, you pursue the right career in the sector for you. Just remember to do your research!

    Wikiellie


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    (Original post by wikiellie)
    Also, the industry has a very high drop out rate, especially amongst graduates, many of whom join the sector without realising the compromises needed to succeed, so ensure you research the sector thoroughly before pursuing a career in it.
    I think based on what I've heard from friends and on TSR that the reason for the high grad drop out rate is a mixture of the majority never wanting to do it in the first place (they take a lot of graduates so people will take the job until they find something they want) and massive misrepresentation in their advertising of roles (the money can be good, but for most it isn't anywhere near the promised levels and the work itself is pretty rubbish).

    That said, like anything it comes down to the individual. I have one friend who works as a recruitment consultant and absolutely loves it (+ earns quite well).
 
 
 
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