In a candidate driven market, the recruitment sector is booming. That means more jobs exist in UK recruiting that ever before. New technologies and growth in areas such as employer branding means that there are more specialised recruitment jobs than ever before too. The number of recruitment agencies out there have been growing too. There are now 19,000 recruitment agencies in the UK, so if you’re looking for a job in recruitment or human resources, now is a really exciting time to enter the profession.
What’s it like working in UK recruiting?
Recruitment is vitally important to the UK economy. For most organisations, people are their most valuable resource, so good recruiters are in big demand. You also get to make a major impact on people’s lives.
Working in the industry is very challenging, but can also be rewarding and fun. However, getting into the sector won’t be easy. A lot of people, especially graduates, are now realising the opportunities that exist in UK and many are looking to find a route into the industry. But you will need to be a certain type of person to succeed in UK recruiting.
Is recruitment for you?
To start with, you’ll need to be resilient. Expect a lot of setbacks when trying to get your first job. However, this will be a good primer for working life in recruitment. Placements will fall through and client relationships will break down from time to time. For all of these reasons, you’ll need to be a great communicator, as well as an excellent listener. Your success will depend on matching the best candidates with the right jobs and that means understanding both the needs of your candidates and your clients. It goes without saying that you’ll be confident, a self-starter and possess solid negotiation skills.
Marketing, sales, or a similar background will be useful as you’ll need to go out and win over clients and source talent. Recruiting has been one of those sectors that has really evolved due to technology, so any understanding of the recruitment technology could help you secure a role.
You don’t need to be a graduate to become a recruitment consultant but it doesn’t hurt to have a degree in human resources or psychology in a competitive job market. However, there are more relevant qualifications from the recognised institutions such as the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). The industry has grown hugely in the past decade and shows no sign of slowing. As a consequent, prospects for progression are excellent. Consultants can go on to specialise in areas such as talent acquisition, account management and even in IT roles.
Salaries are on the rise too. An experienced consultant in London can earn £35,000 and commission can boost that further. The best recruitment consultants command six-figure packages. So if you like working with people, are competitively-minded and don’t mind hard work, recruitment could be the career for you.
Wondering where you can find the best recruitment jobs near you? Start with a job search app such as Zoek.
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