The Brilliant Career Choice You’ve Never Considered
If I had a dollar for every person I met who dreamed of being a recruitment consultant when they were a kid…
I’d have zero dollars.
People don’t plan to get into recruitment. There’s no university degree to prepare you for the job. The careers lady at your high school probably never even heard of it (I know – ironic right?!).
No, our industry is made up of people who somehow fell into the job, loved it, and decided never to leave.
But the thing is, recruitment is actually a brilliant career choice. It’s something that should be on the radar of anyone with smarts, an interest in business and an ambition to make a great life for themselves.
1. YOU’LL DEVELOP REAL BUSINESS SKILLS
Skills like sales and marketing, HR, people management, negotiations, contract analysis, account management, social media, finance, running your own P&L – and of course, recruitment!
Working in a decent agency with responsibility for your own ‘desk’ is like running your own business (you just don’t have to put up the capital and bear the risk of your own business). Great recruiters are supremely well-equipped for future business success because of what they learn in agency recruitment.
2. YOU’LL WORK WITH DECISION MAKERS
Far from being stuck in a corporate pipeline of middle management, you’ll be speaking with the people who make the hiring decisions from day one.
The beauty of accounting and finance recruitment, in particular, is that these decision makers enjoy having business conversations about how their organisation is really going – financially, operationally and culturally. Talk about fast-tracking the development of your business acumen.
3. YOU’LL ENJOY MAKING A DIFFERENCE
For me, making a difference is all about helping people to develop their career, or to achieve their business goals because they have the right people in their team.
Over the years in recruitment, you develop networks of people who have been successful because you’ve had a part to play in helping them. And that’s an incredible feeling.
4. YOU’RE IN CONTROL OF YOUR OWN SUCCESS AND REMUNERATION
I love the fact that every day in recruitment is a new opportunity to make things happen.
This is a career where pedigree is important but not paramount – you are measured daily by the differences you make through your own initiative and actions. You are rewarded (and rewarded very well) for your success, from day one. This is highly motivating for anyone with ambition and a customer service ethic.
5. THERE’S TONNES OF OPPORTUNITY
Great recruiters with a bit of tenure are hard to find and in demand around the world. For those who succeed in the job, there is a very lucrative and rewarding future with global career opportunities.
It’s time the careers lady got the memo: Recruitment is a brilliant career choice.
If you’re starting out in your career, looking for a change in a smarter direction, or you’re helping a young person in your life decide on a career path, recruitment deserves a place on your list. Want to find out more? Get in touch with me today for a confidential chat.