If you are looking for a new job in recruitment, there is no time like the present to start your search. There are so many jobs available at this moment that it makes sense to take advantage of them while they last. In this guide, we will look at what recruiters do and how to find the perfect job for you!
What Does a Recruiter Do?
A recruiter looks for the best people to fill jobs that businesses need filled. Recruiters then help job seekers find work and help employers recruit staff. The role of a recruiter can change depending on what they are assigned to look for: some will focus their energy on finding new employees, while others will search for qualified staff to fill positions in the company they work at. There is a lot involved in recruiting job seekers and filling jobs for businesses so it’s important to know how everything works before jumping into this career path.
How Can You Find Jobs in Recruitment?
It’s no longer enough to just look through newspaper ads if you are looking for employment as a recruiter. There are hundreds of jobs that you can apply for online right now and the same is true if you want to work in this field. Start by looking at job sites like monster.com . Here, you will find thousands of postings for recruiting positions all over the world. This makes it easy to find a position where you can thrive and make good money!
If you are really serious about finding a job as a recruiter, there are other options that work just as well online. Go to meetup groups or local networking events where people who share your interests gather together. Remember, networking is everything if you want to be successful in your career search!
How Do You Get Hired?
There are many ways to get hired as a recruiter, especially when you have relevant experience and a high school diploma or GED. However, if you want to be considered for the best jobs in this field, make sure that your qualifications are on point:
Related Work Experience
Work experience is an important quality to look out for when applying for open positions as a recruiter. The more work experience that you have with job hunting and finding new hires online, the better! You’ll also need some sales experience and well as proficiency in writing skills if you hope to succeed at doing recruitment.
If you’re not sure where to start looking for jobs online or in person, reach out to recruiting agencies who can help you find recruiters jobs near you. You may be able to get a job as an office assistant or even as a direct hire with top businesses if you do this!
How Can You Start Your Own Recruiting Business?
As we mentioned earlier in the guide, you can work for yourself as a recruiter if you want by starting your own recruiting business. This is not an easy task but it’s certainly one that can lead to many benefits for you including more money and better hours. However, you’ll need to make sure that everything is perfect before you decide to go out on your own!
First, you’ll want to identify the type of jobs that you’re interested in. Maybe you want to specialize in one industry or another and this is totally fine! Once you have chosen your niche, look for businesses who could use your services so that they can contact you when a job opens up.
You will also need a really good website where potential clients can learn about all of your experience as well as what it is that you do. This site should outline what kind of fees are involved with hiring your services so that everything is clear from the get-go.
With these few tips, you can start building a wonderful career in recruiting if that’s something that interests you! Remember, there are thousands of opportunities out there at this very moment so don’t give up on your dreams.
How Can You Get Further Training?
If you want to learn how to be a better recruiter, you can do this by taking courses at the local college or university in your area. These classes will show you everything that you need to know about finding jobs and getting people hired for their dream positions! There are also seminars and webinars where you can learn more about the field of recruiting without having to leave your home. If there’s a chance that professional development workshops may help you out, check them out too!
How Much Money Do Recruiters Make?
The average salary for recruiters is £29 per hour but some can make much more than this amount. The most experienced recruiters can earn up to £68,000 per year.
If you’re serious about finding a job as a recruiter and getting hired for your dream position, don’t give up on yourself! Instead, look for positions where you can use your past experiences to help you excel in this career field. If recruiting isn’t the right choice for you, there are other options that may suit what it is that you want to do with your life. For instance, some people decide that they would prefer a different type of job where their skills aren’t quite relevant but no matter what, never stop reaching out and trying new things!
Stay positive about the future and stay focused on what you have planned when it comes to getting experience or even making your move to a new career!
Tips On Becoming A Recruiter And Successful Recruitment Agency Owner
If you’re thinking of starting your own recruitment agency, then there are some things you need to think about first. If you haven’t got enough capital then don’t assume that the bank will lend it to you. Local authorities can help with the start-up costs for community and voluntary organisations – check out www.localtrustfunds.org for more information.
Common Mistakes First Time Agencies Make And How To Avoid Them
The biggest error most new recruiters make is not asking for references/references when hiring staff from other agencies or companies. Any applicant from an existing business should provide full details of their employment history when applying for a job with your company, and any gaps in employment history should be explained fully by the applicant. In addition, whenever an agency or employer is recruiting staff, they should always ask for references from the current and previous employers to confirm that the applicant did indeed work for them as stated in their CV and covering letter. This simple step can save a lot of time and trouble later on and greatly reduce your chances of being caught out by fraudulent job applicants.
A lot of new agencies also make the mistake of not doing enough research into the local labour market before starting up their business. If there are several other recruitment agencies already established in your area then finding work for your candidates will be very difficult, if not impossible! Another common error made by first-time recruiters is failing to get good value for money when buying office equipment, stationery and furniture. Brand new office equipment can be very expensive, so buy second-hand when possible and always get an up-to-date quote from a variety of suppliers before deciding on the best deal for you. Again, research is key to cost-effective business practices!
Finally, make sure that any candidates who are interested in working with your recruitment agency have clear jobs descriptions and job interviews before giving them work. Candidates should not be hired without thorough checking of references which should be done as rapidly as possible. Make sure that all information given by applicants is checked thoroughly – including qualifications and experience. Checking their backgrounds does not stop here though; you need to make sure that they perform the way they say they do during your employment checks
Typical Day Being A Recruitment Consultant?
The day of the typical recruitment consultant varies according to the type of company that they work for. Some companies are extremely busy, so have lots of clients and candidates, meaning that recruiters will be working on different campaigns at any one time. This means that a recruiter can never quite predict what his or her workload will be from one day to the next.
When you first join a new agency there is a large amount of training required, ranging from learning about specialist skills such as legal recruitment through to general sales and marketing knowledge. This training can last anywhere between two weeks and three months depending on how many campaigns your employer has running at any one time. Training typically involves taking part in mock interviews with other new recruits to practice giving answers and talking about your skills, as well as watching video presentations or reading guides to learn the basics of the job. After this initial training period you will be assigned a mentor who will work with you for one or two months. This mentoring period is also used to train you up in using certain software, depending on what type of company you are working for, along with continuing to give further presentation training.
Considering that good recruiters should have considerable personal sales skills and be able to show a high level of intelligence and persuasion it can take quite some time before they learn how to use these effectively in their role. Once you have been taught all of these basic skills by your employer then they let you loose onto clients; it’s up to you to catch them. If you do well then your employer will start sending more work your way because they know that you can handle it and complete the jobs in a timely fashion. It is only once you’ve proven yourself at this stage that the day-to-day routine becomes set.
If you are working for an agency with one or two people, or if it’s very small then this training process may be condensed into one month so that everyone can learn together without losing business whilst employees are busy learning how to do their job. As such a recruiter should expect to spend some time on training, but after this period ends they can get straight down to work completing campaigns and earning money. Good recruiters are worth their weight in gold so you should be making money hand over fist at this stage and your employer will hopefully value you highly enough to pay a good wage.
If you are working for an agency with lots of employees, perhaps even hundreds then the training process may take as long as six months. There is no set time though, it really just depends on how busy they are! The length of this process can vary depending on the type of company that you work for; some may want to train everyone up in all areas of their business whereas others might focus on specific parts such as sales or legal recruitment. As such there is no limit necessarily to how long the training period could last! If your employer isn’t too bothered about having highly trained staff then they probably won’t mind keeping you on the training scheme for longer. However it’s always worth bearing in mind that if you are going into recruitment because of the money, and your employer can see that you are keen to work hard, then they will be more likely to give you a chance as early as possible rather than keep you on the training scheme for years before getting off of it.
If this is how long your new employers plan on having you stay on the training scheme then make sure that you impress them by taking part in any campaigns or other jobs that they offer straight away! They will most likely require all new employees to join in with campaigns at first so bear this in mind if there is any campaign-based work available in the department you are hoping to get hired into.
Although there is no set time for how long you will be kept on a training scheme, it is not uncommon for some employers to extend it even further if they still see you as being inexperienced. If this happens then it’s up to you to prove them wrong by showing that you have picked up all the required skills quickly and efficiently. It’s a good idea at this stage to ask your employer when they think you’ll be done with the training scheme so that way there are no surprises later on down the line. You needn’t worry too much if they say ‘not for another few weeks’ or whatever; just continue working hard until they decide that enough is enough and that you are ready to work independently.
It is also worth bearing in mind that employers often have a policy of moving people off of their training scheme if they see them as being under-performing or not performing up to scratch. If you don’t feel like giving it your all then the training period could end sooner than you think! However, if you do feel like working hard and showing everyone that they didn’t hire the wrong person for this job then even an extended period on a training scheme can be a good thing because it shows commitment and enthusiasm.
In general though there aren’t going to be too many jobs with employers who keep their employees on the training scheme for months on end; yes, this may have happened a couple of times in your lifetime but it’s not very important as it doesn’t happen all that often. If you are in a position where you have been kept on the training scheme for a particularly long period of time then this may indicate that you have lost their trust and will therefore be let go once more new staff members are hired to replace you.
Recruitment jobs – what do they involve?
All my jobs so far have involved sending out CVs, making calls about certain roles, updating our website and social media pages (Twitter, Facebook etc), sorting through application forms and marking them ready for view by clients/recruiters who will hopefully take the job applicants on! I also work with some of our clients on a one-to-one basis helping them choose between candidates and guiding them through the whole recruitment process.
It’s not only administrative work though, if you are hired to sell then you will be working with clients to help them find the right staff for their business. If I haven’t already mentioned it, then let me just point out now that some jobs require selling in order to get any kind of commission or wage at all! This is the case for exactly half of the job adverts I have applied for so far but it’s nice knowing what you’re dealing with before spending hours applying for something that sounds perfect but is in actual fact based purely on commission.
Recruitment agencies – who uses them?
We live in an age where there seems to be a recruitment agency in every town, city and village on this earth. Yes, that’s right; you really can’t escape them! But how exactly do they make money?
The writers of our textbooks tell us that if an employer wants to find staff then they will typically advertise their jobs via agencies (a bit like me right now!). In return for the job adverts, recruitment companies get paid fees by employers for providing them with candidates from the pool of people who have registered with them in order to find work. No matter what kind of industry/role you are looking for then it is highly likely that there will be a recruiter out there who has your details on file after receiving them from you earlier on.
The only exceptions to this rule are private sector organisations; they tend not to use recruitment agencies because they believe that the companies already know what type of staff they need and therefore don’t need other people telling them who would be a good fit for their firm. Recruitment is still a big deal in the public sector though so you can expect to see recruitment agencies operating across all manner of government departments, schools, hospitals etc. Be warned: these jobs will require at least one exam.
Where do jobseekers get work from?
So now we have looked at how employers find workers, we must look at where jobseekers can go if they want to find someone who will hire them to work within various fields. For this part of the article I will be listing a few popular places where recruitment agencies tend to advertise vacancies.
Websites – You will find job listings on dedicated sites (constructed just like the kind of site you may be reading right now) and also on general career sites such as LinkedIn, ourworld etc. If you haven’t set up a profile already then what are you waiting for? The more people see your details, the higher your likelihood to receive an invitation to apply/interview!
Social media – Most employers now use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as their first line of recruiting action; if you want to get in front of them then start posting regularly about work opportunities within your field. Focus only on large and small businesses rather than individuals in your personal life.
Anywhere else – If you are stuck for ideas then try using jobcentres, local libraries, supermarkets and even churches! The more creative (and innovative) you are the more likely it is that you will stand out against other candidates who just send their CVs to a few agencies. This tactic may seem desperate at first but I have used a similar one on numerous occasions; sometimes all it takes is being different from the competition in order to get noticed by recruiters/clients!
Job Interviews – an explanation of what they are like and how to ace them
I have had only two interviews so far during my time as a recruitment consultant but if I was to write an article about how to prepare for these then it would fill a book!
Instead, I will try and cover the absolute basics; if you want to know more then feel free to ask me anything at any time. No question is stupid though so don’t be afraid of sounding silly when asking them. Job interviews can be daunting but as long as you are confident in your skills/talents and remember that you have already been chosen from thousands of other applicants then there is no reason why you cannot leave victorious! In this section I will look at what kinds of questions employers ask during their meetings with candidates; what answers they expect and most importantly how best to respond. At first this may seem like common sense but trust me – it isn’t!
Expect the unexpected – don’t be fooled into believing that you know what you are getting yourself into when being interviewed. The questions asked in interviews can range from simple to ridiculously hard, so always expect the best and prepare for anything.
There is no right or wrong answer – this may sound silly as it would seem logical to assume that employers would want candidates who give correct answers and not those who make mistakes but this is not how things work! What they really care about is how well you problem solve; your confidence in your own abilities and more importantly, whether or not you can think on the spot at all times . A good example of this would be saying ‘I don’t know’ under any circumstances. There is no point in lying as you will be found out!
Sell yourself – this should not come as a surprise to anyone; just because they want to hire you does not mean that they are going to offer you the job unless you show them how valuable, desirable and capable of doing your job. You have two options when it comes to selling yourself: (i) create and iterate a ‘pre-constructed’ list of unique skills related specifically to each role/company or (ii) simply state your favourite traits about yourself then explain why these would make you an ideal candidate for the job being offered. This second option may sound a little more awkward but in my own personal experience I tend to find employers more engaged with you if you have the confidence to be yourself and answer questions in your own unique way.
Employers are just people – they may seem mean at first but this is rarely the case when it comes to job interviews; more often than not they know exactly what they want from a candidate and will go as far as possible to get them! Just because someone puts on a formal suit everyday does not make them ‘posh’ or ‘better’ than anyone else, so don’t feel intimidated by their presence; try talking to them like any other normal person you meet during your working day and I can assure you that you too will start getting accepted for all of the roles/jobs that you apply for.
Recruitment Jobs UK
There are hundreds of recruitment companies in the UK, ranging from those who specialize in permanent positions to temporary ones. Many people don’t know how to get a job as a recruiter or work for one – The good news is that you can follow this guide and start your journey on becoming a recruiter .
Not all careers are advertised online, so gaining experience within the industry could be beneficial before searching for jobs on the internet. Recruitment agencies tend to employ graduates with a background in Human Resources (HR) or Business Administration (BA). However, if your exact discipline isn’t available you might want to try applying for an Assistant position instead. This will give you valuable insight into how an office environment operates, which will help if you decide to apply for a job in recruitment later on. Be aware that some agencies have slightly different roles than others, so it is important you understand the duties advertised before applying.
Recruitment Agency Roles
Although this list isn’t exhaustive, there are a few common positions available within the industry:
HR Recruitment Consultant – This involves researching potential candidates and interviewing them as part of their application process. They are the friendly face of recruitment agencies who will always be ready to help with anything you need! They also help with training, support and advice, offer interview preparation sessions or even liaise with clients while they find suitable candidates for them.
Job Search Advisor – With an understanding of how difficult searching for jobs can be, Job Advisors are specialists in helping you find employment. They can assist with job applications, interview preparation and speaking to recruiters too.
Support Advisor – This is the person who will be on hand to help answer any question you might have or provide guidance when needed. Their role is often underestimated but they are essential!
HR Administrator – As well as having an excellent HR background, this position involves a lot of administrative duties including recruitment file management and CV filing. The administrative side of recruitment isn’t always glamorous – you need meticulous attention to detail so make sure you’re up for it!
Recruitment Consultant (Temporary) – If your skills aren’t highly transferable then becoming a temp could be a great way to get some experience in this industry. This is usually in the form of a temporary contract to start with before becoming permanent.
Stage Manager – As a stage manager, you’ll be in charge of creating and managing an outline schedule for interviews or client meetings. You will need great attention to detail while remaining organised and friendly throughout!
Receptionist – Although it is not part of recruitment per se, many agencies have their own receptionists who help run the day-to-day operations of the agency . It’s definitely worth asking about!
Knowledge Transfer Co-ordinator – These specialists are responsible for training new recruits as well as providing guidance to temp staff – making sure they get up to speed quickly. Their role can vary depending on the agency but knowing how important training is to the company will make you a top candidate.
Recruitment Agency Knowledge – What You Need to Know?
If you wish to work in recruitment but aren’t a graduate, it’s important to be aware of the industry before you apply for jobs. Recruitment agencies perform many different tasks and must follow strict guidelines set by the government and local councils. In addition some agencies specialize in certain disciplines such as IT, health care or transportation so it’s essential that you understand what they do before applying for work. To start with if possible, you should research about this industry before sending your application through . This will give you a better idea of what to expect when creating your CV and cover letter – allowing you to tailor your application to the job.
If you need more tips on what to say and what not to say then be sure to take a look at this blog post about cover letter dos & don’ts ; it will definitely help your application! If you’re still unsure, why not send us an email for a chat? You can often arrange an appointment with the recruiter who is hiring at that time so they can answer any questions you may have.
Here are some FAQs regarding common recruitment topics:
Q: Should I put the recruiter’s name in my CV? Or just their agency? A : In most cases, it’s best if you include both – as recruiters tend to move around quite frequently which means if they don’t work there anymore, you’ve lost their point of contact. If you just have the agency name, it makes it difficult for a new recruiter to get in touch with them. Another point – recruiters tend to know each other and pass your details on when possible.
Q: What should I put under references? A : References are only really used if you’re applying for jobs abroad (where they want to check your qualifications through), or if they specifically ask for referees in the application form/email (which is rare). More often than not though, recruiters will take up this request as an extra field on their database instead. So either way’s fine don’t worry about writing “References available upon request”.
Q: My CV says 4 years experience but I only have 1 year of solid (relevant) work experience. Should I put this in my CV? A : It depends on the job you’re going for, and your motivations for lying! Some recruiters will look at your background and see added value in a candidate who has done various internships or voluntary positions during their degree/schooling which hold some relevance to the role they are recruiting for – especially if it shows ‘work ethic’. This is how I tried to get around my lack of experience when applying for jobs: “During these 3 years, you’ll notice that I haven’t been working full time. However, as an International Relations student at [University name], I had many opportunities to undertake leadership roles across several projects – one such example being my role as Director of [project name]. Such work experience is creditable and valuable when it comes to demonstrating a passion for the industry, a willingness to take on responsibility in different situations, plus an ability to lead others towards achieving shared objectives.
“For example during this year I undertook voluntary roles working at two social media agencies (name 1) & (name 2). These positions gave me great insight into what it is like to work in a small business environment. In the first one, I was able to develop my writing and public relations skills by drafting press releases and assisting with company blogs – including brainstorming ideas for new blog posts, managing their social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter etc.) and liaising with clients about such marketing campaigns. I was also able to learn about the importance of data protection laws and how to navigate them.”
“As a result, when looking for work experience during my degree, (name 3) offered me an internship role in their marketing department which enabled me to further develop my knowledge and skills. This allowed me to truly understand the inner workings of a small business – particularly one working within such a creative industry. Whilst there I participated in numerous brainstorming sessions and assisted with social media campaigns for clients – always seeking opportunities to add value and going above what was asked of me. “My responsibilities included briefing my colleagues on key information regarding upcoming projects, recreating documents into design templates (such as mood boards etc.)…. In addition, my technical skills and knowledge were frequently called upon by my colleagues for assistance with tasks they found difficult. “My experience working in a small business environment has definitely been valuable when it comes to my future career goals – I’m looking to enter the recruitment industry and this role would offer me invaluable insight into how the clients, candidates and agency interact on a day-to-day basis.”
Q : How do recruiters search job descriptions? A : Recruiters tend to use keywords rather than entire sentences. So if you are applying for jobs within an accountancy firm, instead of writing “accountant” write out that word or its synonyms as your keyword: bookkeeper, finance analyst etc. If you’re having difficulty thinking of relevant keywords, try using the Google autocomplete function.
Words that are less relevant in this instance would be: tax, audit, governance.
A : In a way – yes! Yes, it is important to be able to have one-to-one conversations with clients and candidates (both of which will happen during the interview). However it is not important to talk for long periods of time about generalities of your work or personal life. You don’t want to finish speaking and feel like you’ve just given a 5 minute monologue at an open mic night hoping someone might buy your CD. I know recruiters who ask the question ‘tell me about yourself’ hoping people will ramble on about irrelevant things so they can get some coffee/check Facebook/ solve a Sudoku. HINT : The above are not good strategies if you want to get the job.
Q: I’ve just received my offer for an interview. What do I need to do? A : Ideally, you want to be able to cite examples of relevant work experience and name drop companies that sound impressive (even if you don’t have much contact with them anymore). There’s always luck involved in getting a job but there are certain things that will increase your chances of success – one of those being practice! By practicing possible questions and answers you can build up your confidence and hopefully impress upon the recruiter how excited they should be about hiring YOU! The more prepared you feel, the more confident you can appear during the interview. In turn, this can increase your chances of getting the job!
Summary Of Jobs In Recruitment: A Guide For Beginners
In this article, we’ll discuss the variety of jobs available to new graduates in recruitment. We’ll cover everything from entry level jobs all the way up to management positions, as there are many paths that exist for those who are willing to work hard and move around a bit.
Following what I’ve learned, I’ve created my own plan on how people can build their careers within recruitment – starting with lower level entry roles right through to management positions. We will talk about each role here and outline how you can use them as stepping stones towards larger positions.
The most important thing is that when you get that first job in recruitment it is not something that you want or expect to stick with for ever. You should view your time working at different companies as a period of experimentation – you’re not going to get it right straight away, so there is no harm in trying your hand at multiple different jobs while you’re training and learning on the job.
In this guide we talked about entry level roles within recruitment, how you can move around and progress from one job to another, then what kinds of things are available once you’ve gained some experience. There are many different types of positions which suit all manner of personalities, interests and skills – so fear not if something doesn’t sound like it’s for you!
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