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Graduate recruitment jobs see individuals and teams working towards placing skilled individuals within jobs across various sectors. You can earn a lot of money as a recruitment consultant, whilst also helping people progress in their own careers. Recruitment graduates can find their new roles and connect with employers on TheBigChoice.

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As a resourcer, the title you are likely to start with as a graduate, you may begin on around £16,000, while more experienced recruitment consultants may be on around £27,000. If you are on a graduate scheme your pay is likely to be somewhere between these amounts to start with.

The opportunity to earn a lot of commission is one of the top reasons for graduates to get into recruitment. As with any sales-based job, if you hit and exceed your target as a recruitment consultant you can take home thousands of pounds in commission each month. Excelling as a resource, even at the lowest level of the industry, could mean that you see your basic wage almost double, and this is the case at all levels.
Education Requirements
Graduates with a wide variety of degrees work in the recruitment sector. You will usually be expected to have a 2:1.

Specialist recruitment companies may prefer their employees to have degrees that are in some way related to the sector they are in - for example, in order to work in recruitment for a company that specialises in finance it would obviously be beneficial to have a strong knowledge of the financial world. If you are to work in a general recruitment agency the subject of your degree will be less important.
Skills Requirements
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
Being successful in recruitment is largely down to your personality, but many degrees with also equip you with the skills required. Communication, presentation and organisation are all skills that degrees provide and that are important in recruitment.
Work Experience Requirements
As with all competitive sectors, if your plan is to work in recruitment work experience is vital to give yourself the best chance of getting a job. Contact companies directly and see if you can come in for work experience or to shadow a member of staff.