Can you cut it?
What is Recruitment and can you cut it as a consultant?
Going back to June 2012 I had just graduated from University with a degree in ‘Sports Science’ with no idea what I wanted to do with my career. I left my food retail job to take on an administrative role in a recruitment agency – completely opening my eyes to the recruitment industry. I had no idea just what it was, what they did or the size of it! - just in the UK (2017 saw industry revenue rise to over £35billion, with over 100,000 staff working in recruitment in the UK alone!)
Starting in an administrative role I quickly got to grips with the business and industry, taking a fast move into a Recruitment Consultant role. My days became a lot busier – speaking to clients, candidates, holding interviews myself, organising interviews at companies, the list goes on!
It quickly became apparent that it was a role for me – I loved meeting candidates and clients to find out their needs/requirements, matching candidates to clients/companies and finding them both the perfect match in terms of employee and career.
After 3 successful years, for me, the next step was then finding the right recruitment company to continue my career with. One where I could build and develop my role in a supportive and growing company with a fantastic culture. I have never been a person up for joining a larger city centre based business as I wanted to get that work life balance, and that’s where Four came along.
My role at Four has developed more than I could have ever imagined. I’ve been here exactly two years now and during this time I have been involved in recruiting various roles through all levels, large scale projects and also working with key account clients. On top of my role I am involved in other aspects, such as the company Wellbeing programme (I am one of the Wellbeing Champions at Four and coordinate activities from treasure hunts and sports days to yoga demonstrations!) and also staff development (over the past six months my new focus has been to grow our team of consultants!)
I loved – and still love the new challenges that I face every day (with no day being the same!). My role is rewarding, offering the opportunity to build my own ‘mini business’ within an established company. The thrill for me comes from placing a candidate in their dream job with a client who appreciates everything you have done during the process, on top of that are the financial benefits – a career in recruitment can be lucrative, especially if you work hard. In addition, the package that is provided at Four, we enjoy free breakfasts, regular outings, onsite gym and much much more!
A big thing for us at Four is team fit. Bringing the right people into the business is essential – everyone works and gets on so well together (and we spend a lot of time with each other!). Although everybody who joins the team are from completely different careers/walks of life, each person has similar qualities in terms of their personalities, goals and attributes.
What makes a good recruiter?
Confidence: You have to be willing to pick up the phone and make that call, whether it be to candidates or clients, you have to be confident in what you are doing (comes with training, of course)!
Communication: In addition to good old fashioned telephone calls and Facetime calls, recruitment involves a great deal of face to face meetings and networking events (building relationships with clients and candidates alike). To start with, you may be out of your comfort zone, but if you can communicate well – it starts to come naturally, dare I say its enjoyable!
Driven: Recruitment is a sales-driven industry, fortunately at Four it is not a pushy sales environment. Yes, you have to be comfortable working to targets but these are set yourself with your Manager and the Directors encourage, help and support everyone to ensure you are hitting those targets month on month. If you are competitive, motivated and prepared to work hard – you can become a great recruiter and reap the benefits.
Focused & Efficient: Managing different projects/roles/clients/candidates at one time can be hard-work, but if you are focused and organised, this will maximise your efficiency and your earnings.
Hard-worker: Yes, you will work longer than your usual 9am-5pm job BUT, the harder you work, the more you get out of it (satisfaction and financial – win win!) Plus because our team are literally the BEST, being at work is pretty fun!
Lots of opportunities come with a career in recruitment, since starting at Four my role has changed a number of times just in 2 years allowing me to focus on my strengths and continue progressing with a supportive company.
Limitless earnings: Recruitment can offer some of the highest first year earnings for any graduate role. Working on uncapped commission it is quite easy to earn a lot in a short space of time.
Learning new skills: You will be continuously developing your communication, negotiation, sales, relationship building and account management skills – while also becoming confident in your speciality! The great thing about Four is that, as an owner managed business, you get direct training from our Directors and owners, who have a wealth of knowledge and expertise, our training is highly regarded in the industry.
Managing your own 'business': Consultants build their own desks on existing and new relationships. You have the opportunity to work independently, while being part of a wider, successful company who offer support, training and development.
Progression: You can progress quickly to Senior Consultant level, Team Leader, Manager, Director – the opportunities are endless!
After having our best year at Four in 2017 and celebrating Four Recruitments' 10th birthday this year we are looking at bringing new consultants into the business through 2018, aiming to grow the team over the next 12 months.
We are looking for Trainee Consultants (graduate entry level) right up to experienced Consultant level - people who are looking for either their first step into the industry, or next challenge in recruitment.
If you are looking for the above, and to work for a business that offers:
For more information, please drop me an email - firstname.lastname@example.org and I can give you a call to tell you all about us and our plans for the team/future!