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Do you fancy yourself a bit of a matchmaker, dropping little hints to your friends about so-and-so who'd be just perfect for them? That's kind-of what it's like working in recruitment!Recruitment

Ok, so there aren't any 'love at first sight' moments, but recruiters do need a gut feeling about whether or not a candidate will be right for a certain job role. They learn to spot certain skills that make someone stand out - not just certain qualifications, but other things they list on their CV or the way they answer a question during a job interview.

What’s it all about?TOP ^

Large companies may employ their own recruiters to help with applicants for graduate training programmes or other jobs. There are also agencies that specialise in recruitment, and a company may hire them on a consultancy basis to find people who’d be perfect in their company. These potential employees may not have applied for a job there, but the recruitment consultant will look through CVs posted on job websites and contact the people they think are suitable.

Recruiters can go even further by approaching people who work in other companies, who may not even be looking for a job but have exactly the right skills to fill the vacancy - this is called headhunting.

A large part of recruitment is based on how well you can form relationships both with your colleagues and clients to know exactly the kinds of people they're looking to recruit, and with the potential employees as they go through the application and interview process. Expect to work long hours, but receive plenty of on-the-job training. You'll usually have to dress smartly, particularly when meeting with clients.

What will I earn? TOP ^

New recruitment officers can earn £15,000-£20,000, and this can increase to around £30,000 as you gain experience. Recruitment consultants tend to earn more, and will also receive a bonus payment from the company they're working with if the company hires the person they've recommended.

Where can I work? TOP ^

You don't necessarily need a degree for jobs in recruitment, but some job vacancies may ask for one or at least A Levels as a general rule. It's important to build up experience in recruitment, with even sales and customer service skills coming in handy.

Most school leavers getting into recruitment choose to work for large, national recruitment agencies or in human resources for businesses.


What skills will I need in recruitment?TOP ^

You need to have excellent people skills, and lots of confidence. Networking to find clients or potential recruits is a big part of the job, so you'll need to be at ease in a variety of social situations. A love for research, and a keen interest in a variety of industries will give you the best job options.

Working in recruitment means that you will have to have a good head for sales, which requires confidence, good diction and a thick skin – calling clients will inevitably involve knock-banks, and this is something that those in recruitment jobs must be prepared for. Being able to speak confidently and easily to people on the phone is also an essential part of the job.

Other skills that are important for those working in recruitment include:

  • Diplomacy
  • Persuasiveness
  • The ability to work well under pressure
  • The ability to work to deadlines

What entry level jobs in recruitment can I do? TOP ^

You won’t need a degree to get a job in recruitment. This is an industry all about what you can offer, how you communicate with people and your ability to sell. You need to be proactive and willing to take rejection.

Some entry level recruitment jobs include:

  • Recruitment consultant
  • Headhunter
  • Human resources assistant
  • Training and development officer
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