Some people are put off recruitment as a career because it’s often given a bad press. Sure, there are always some rotten apples in the barrel, but you don’t have to work for one of them. And when you work for the good ones it’s the most fantastic job that can change lives – both yours and your clients’.
Most recruiters, myself included, fall into recruitment by accident. My personal journey took many twists and turns through marketing and investor relations, temporary jobs and a stint travelling. Finally I found myself in an interview with a boutique property recruiter where I was offered the job on the spot.
Since then, I’ve never looked back. Having set up my own recruitment consultancy, I’m excited to be embarking on the next chapter of this wonderful career. I want to expand my team and inspire talented people, considering their next career move, to enter the world of recruitment.
What’s in it for you?
If you, like me, are competitive by nature, then this industry is a perfect match. Every day you’re in a head-to-head competition to attract top talent. But there’s far more to it than that. Take a look at the list below and you’ll soon see why dedicated recruiters love their job – and get so much out of it.
- You change people’s lives
- You can make a business great
- Clients and candidates will thank you
- You can create your own recruitment programmes
- It’s always exciting
- There’s a clear winner
- Meet exceptional people
- Everyone wants to be your friend
- You’ll enjoy the variety
- Freedom and control
- Few entrance requirements
- Good pay and job opportunities
- You’ll work with the best tools
- Responsibility comes quickly
- As a recruiter it’s easier to find your next great job
What about the tough times?
While I’ve focused on the many reasons why recruitment is such an exciting and impactful job, there are obviously some drawbacks. The main one is that recruitment runs in spurts and you can have times when things go quiet and redundancies are possible. However, even during the tough periods, and amid worries about Brexit, the best recruiters still find innovative ways to do well. There are always new sectors to capitalise on when the economy weakens such as LPA Receivership and there are booming sectors such as PropTech or PRS. And of course redundancies can take place in any sector during those times meaning a greater candidate flow.
So what do you think? If I’ve whetted your appetite and you want to know more about a career in recruitment why not informally ask to meet up with recruiters through networking events or via LinkedIn? I am always delighted when people ask for my opinion about what it’s like to be a recruiter. There are many negative perceptions around and I can always put them right.
It only takes a meeting with a handful of top recruiters over coffee to realise that we are friendly, engaging, intelligent, and innovative. I absolutely love my job and the impact I’m able to have. I take great pride in my profession and if you become a recruiter, you will too.
“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
– Marc Anthony
What about you? Do you love what you do? Or have you ever considered moving into a different field such as recruitment? We would love to hear your thoughts below.