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A Career In Recruitment

A Career in Recruitment

You often hear contrasting accounts of what it’s like to pursue a career in Recruitment. Some will tell you it’s the most stressful, ‘soul-destroying’ career you could choose. Others will tell you it’s a highly fulfilling and financially rewarding career path.

My journey hasn’t been a traditional one.  Typically, people will start in Recruitment and then progress into a career in HR.  Mine has been quite the reverse.

So what do I think about Recruitment? Is it all just targets, pressure and worry, or is the feeling of joy experienced in helping people find jobs they’ll love actually the overwhelming emotion?

Sure, it depends on the person, and also the organisation and industry, but there are lots of really positive things that a career in recruitment offers. Here are my top 8:

1. Highly rewarding

The common counter-argument to someone saying that recruitment can be a stressful job is the financial rewards – and rightly so! It’s true: depending on the role and company, you are able to earn good money if you succeed in achieving your targets, but it’s all down to you! You’re unlikely to earn huge amounts as a base salary, so you need to be committed and self-motivated.

2. You’ll build up an impressive skill tool box

To be a truly successful recruiter you have to develop a number of different skills, such as:

  • Problem solving
  • Negotiation
  • Communication
  • Empathy
  • Relationship building

Developing these skills will benefit you both personally and professionally throughout your life and career, whatever direction you choose to take.

3. You get to help candidates achieve their goals

Perhaps the most fulfilling part of the job (no, it’s not the money!) is assisting people with finding the right job for them. And sometimes you can even be a part of fundamentally changing their life for the better. On an emotional level this is satisfying for both parties, and over time the honing of this art will make you a greater recruiter who can achieve more both for themselves and their employer.

4. You get to solve clients’ problems

As mentioned earlier, problem solving is a required skill for any recruiter wishing to enjoy a long career in the recruitment industry. Whilst it can be challenging, finding the solution to the issues that your clients face is both highly fulfilling and lucrative.

5. Every day is different!

Whilst there’s a rhythm to what you’re doing, every day is completely different. In fact, even if you followed the exact same routine each day, you would still experience a totally different day each time! That’s because recruitment is a people business, and your day is full of interactions with humans. And humans are by nature quite unpredictable! (This is evident from all of my years working in HR!). It never gets boring, I can tell you that much.

In addition, the required skills in each sector are constantly evolving, and the skill gaps present across industries shift over time, so it’s rare to find a market so static that it would lose your interest.

6. Your market is not for life

Many recruiters choose to specialise in a core market that fits with their knowledge, strengths and interest. The great news is that even if you choose to do this to be the go-to recruiter in your niche, it doesn’t have to be for life: there are many transferrable skills that mean it’s not outside the realm of possibility to make a change of markets.

7. There are different roles to suit different types of people – it’s not all sales!

Within recruitment, there are a number of different roles that could be right for you, depending on your skills and personality type. So, if you think you would just like to help people find work and build relationships with candidates, you can be a Resourcer or a Delivery Recruiter. If you want to do that – as well as seeking out new business opportunities and forming long lasting relationships with clients, you can be a Recruitment Consultant.

If you don’t like the recruiting but love winning new business you could be a Business Development Manager, or if you want to focus on a small amount of clients and really develop relationships, you can be an Account Manager.

8. You get to have  influence in global businesses

If you are doing your job right you should become a trusted recruitment partner to your clients and they should be listening to your guidance on their recruitment, because you are the expert. In this manner you can have quite a bit of influence on how they recruit and their recruitment strategy. If your clients are large global businesses, you could soon find yourself finding talent for and shaping the future of some of the biggest brands in the world.


If any of these points sound appealing to you, and you’re ready for a change in career or pace, we’d love to hear from you! We are looking for passionate people to share in our vision and join our Bristol Recruitment team. Contact us today if you’d like to find out more about becoming part of the H2R Selection family.