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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- 11-05-2015 14:36
- 13-05-2015 12:01
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!
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(Original post by wikiellie)
- 14-05-2015 11:36
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.
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).