Ask someone who’s been in the industry for years why they chose recruitment and the odds are they’ll tell you they ‘fell into it.’ Do you remember anyone who dreamt of being a recruitment consultant when you were at school? Fast-forward to 2014 and it’s a different picture – for the first time graduates and sales juniors have their heart set on a trainee recruitment consultant role and experienced salespeople are migrating to recruitment in their masses.
Specialist recruiter Randstad highlights why the allure of the career sector is stronger than ever.
There are some big salaries to be had in recruitment
It’s no longer a secret that a career in recruitment can offer generous financial rewards. Unlike many sales commission structures, recruitment’s uncapped earning potential is highly attractive. What’s more, it’s attracting the cream of the sales crop. If you’re top of your company league and consistently smash your targets - ensuring that you’re fairly and fully rewarded for your successes is a no-brainer.
There’s fast-track career progression
For go-getters, recruitment offers talented and hungry individuals the opportunity to be a master of their own destiny. If you’re good at your job you can quickly climb the career ladder and reap the financial as well as professional rewards. Many large recruiters also have in-house learning and development teams, giving you ample support and training to drive your career forward.
You don’t need a degree to make it to management
Unlike many industries, a degree is not a prerequisite for securing a senior role in a big corporate environment. If you’re driven, tenacious, a team-player and have good attention to detail you could well excel in recruitment. Speak to any big recruiter and you can bet your bottom dollar that many of their senior management team don’t have degrees and they’ve worked their way up from a grass roots level.
Sales managers are currently flocking to the big international recruiters who can offer long-term career progression and opportunities across the globe. From London to Sydney and Hong Kong to Dubai, recruitment is big business and recruiters are hungry for top sales talent. Like all large corporates, the biggest recruitment firms like Randstad want to preserve their employees’ skills and loyalty and aren’t afraid to offer international opportunities as part of their employee retention strategy.
Trade in your travel
Many people enjoy the freedom of being out on the road but it’s not for everyone. Equally, the sheen of being out in the field can wear off when all your friends and family members are home on time and you’re still stuck on the motorway. Being office, site or branch based as recruitment consultant can offer a greater work-life balance whilst still giving you the flexibility and freedom to make more local visits to clients. It’s also a great environment to work in if you enjoy a fun, competitive and thriving sales atmosphere.
The Fulfilment Factor
People are unique and working in recruitment means you never know what the day will hold. Of course, there’s the “sales” element, but you will also be making a genuine difference to people’s lives. During the recruitment process you’re likely to be a sales person, a mentor, career adviser, a negotiator, a legal eagle and a talent management advisor. That all adds up to an exceptionally fulfilling career.
Tempted by a career in recruitment? Randstad, one of the world’s largest recruiters, is currently recruiting. Visit our website today for more information or to apply for a role.
By Gemma Umney, Randstad