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Why 2014 Is The Year To Become a Recruitment Consultant

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Get a graduate job in Recruitment. Yes that's right, live on the flipside and start recruiting for the people that need jobs, the industry is set to boom!

Britain is coming out of the recession that has plagued our finances for the past few years. 2014 is set to be a great year for Retail, FMCG, tech companies and the IT industry (to name a few) which is good news for graduates- the number of vacancies is rocketing!

Off the back of a recession one of the key sectors that feels the benefit of the boom is the recruitment industry; someone has to find people to fill all these extra roles that spending creates. If you are embarking on your career in 2014 recruitment should definitely be on your list of professions to consider.

There's no denying the material rewards are attractive (which we'll get to soon), but the recruitment industry can offer so much more than big pay packets. There is huge potential for rapid progression meaning your career really takes off quickly- there's no time to be bored. When you start you are given extensive training, laying solid foundations for your recruitment career. Once you get going, you'll pick up skills quickly, learning what works and which leads to go after. There's no option but to improve, meaning the possibilities for growth are endless.

"It's an independent workspace but you are also part of a much bigger picture..."

Recruiting lets you be in control. You decide who to call, who to pursue and who to try and work with. You can make your own schedule and build your own mini empire of contacts, discussions and deals. It's an independent workspace but you are also part of a much bigger picture and a crucial member of the recruitment team, giving the best of both worlds. If you need guidance, it's there, but if you are happy taking the reins you can. Securing your first deal is extremely satisfying, knowing you made it happen and were a massively influential force at each stage in the journey.

A typical 'day in the life of a recruitment consultant' could take many forms. Whilst you will obviously spend a lot of time resourcing and screening candidates as well as winning new business, you will also be involved in other activities. You will have meetings, presentations, pitches, interviews, working lunches... the list goes on. 

"Bonuses can also include fancy trips or meals out, extra holiday..."

Recruitment comes with many benefits. Not least are the attractive financial incentives that the industry offers. Yes, you've got to work hard to get the big bucks commission, but this is doable. If you enjoy your job and put in the hours and effort your targets are reached in no time, leaving you reaping the rewards. They don't stop at money either- depending on your company's schemes, bonuses can also include fancy trips or meals out, extra holiday and discounts for big brands.

But, the recruitment industry can't all be sunshine and flowers- or can it? It's a common myth that to succeed as a recruitment consultant you need to be cut throat, or if you aren't fiercely competitive and ruthless then you will never make it as a top recruitment consultant- this isn't always the case. The recruitment industry needs these types of people but many personalities excel in recruitment. The most important qualities of a good consultant are passion, motivation and energy. It's a sales business, so if you are confident and approachable you'll excel- you don't need to have a heart of stone to succeed!

"Not everyone can do recruitment; recruiting is a talent..."

With recruitment, you get out what you put in. So, whilst it may take a lot or work to secure someone into a role or convince a company to use you for recruitment services, your hard efforts are rewarded on many levels. Not everyone can do recruitment; recruiting is a talent. Your product is people, and the quality of your service can impact a business like no other. What's more, once you've got the experience in recruitment and a proven track record, you will always find well paid work wherever you go.

Think you have what it takes? Get your CV over to the GRB Recruitment and Sales Team

anna pitts grb author

Anna Pitts studied English Language at the University of Sussex and was a marketing assistant and online researcher at the Graduate Recruitment Bureau. She now works in Marketing and Advertising for Hearst Magazines UK.

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