Published on 10th May 2019
No one has ever said “I want to be a recruitment consultant when I grow up”, so why should a graduate consider a role in recruitment? What can they gain from this type of job? More importantly, if graduates should consider recruitment why is this not taught as a degree? Undeniably, there are certain skills that you learn in recruitment that just cannot be taught in a lecture theatre or from any typical office job.
Resilience (and lots of it!)
One of the most important skills that you can have in recruitment is resilience. There are not many jobs that will give you highs like you’re sitting on a cloud and lows that feel like you’re being punched in the face, however, recruitment is one of them! A lot of recruitment is about relying on people, whether they are your candidates or clients, which can always lead to unpredictable results.
The most successful recruiters are the ones who can remain calm in the best and worst situations. As a graduate, you will know a lot about rejection, either from job interviews, or maybe you didn’t get the grade you wanted in an essay, yet you had no choice but to continue and show resilience.
As important as it is for a recruiter to hit their target, it is more important that we are understanding to both the needs of the people we are working with, including our candidates, clients and colleagues. As a graduate, you will know just how stressful it can be job searching or even beginning your career which will make it easier for you to understand what your candidate is going through.
Similarly, a client may be struggling to find the right individual for a role, so it is your job to be empathetic towards what they are looking for. As mentioned in the last point, there will be lows to recruitment but what makes it easier is having a team that is supportive which leads me on to the next point…
Remember when you had a group task at university… let’s not bring that up actually! Even though a recruiter will have their own desk to manage, the best recruiters are the ones who know the importance of working in a team. Your team, just like in many work environments, is essentially your safety net. As a graduate recruiter, a lot of your training will be on the job and by listening to others around you. When you are struggling, your team will be your go-to people.
Without a doubt, the top recruiters are the ones that are not always at their desk! Your main job is to build relationships, and this simply cannot be done through the phone. A lot of the time you will be meeting clients and potential candidates, therefore being adaptable is key. The conversations that you have with a client will be very different to someone who you are helping in their job search. Although, as a recruiter, you will not be doing the role that you are searching for, you must gather a very good understanding for the position and have to speak to different types of people for various types of Firms. Being able to quickly switch from one mindset to another is a must for every recruiter.
As a graduate, you will know all about juggling your time well – essay deadlines, book presentations and exams to revise for. This is what recruitment is like (times one hundred). It is very normal for a recruiter to have long working hours due to the amount of tasks that they have to do in one day. Whether, it’s going for meetings, sending CVs out or doing interview preparation or general research on the market a recruiter has to do their tasks simultaneously. At first, you may think this is impossible, but when you are more settled on your desk you soon learn how to plan your days, weeks and even month better.
Essentially, recruitment is a bit like searching for that one book/essay article in a library, except that library is on fire and that book is in another language… joking.
On a more serious note, if you are looking for a role that is challenging, fun and involves constant learning you should certainly give recruitment a go!
If you’re even more brave and want to work for Ambition, contact Gwen Pham who can give you more information!