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Top Reasons Why Graduates Should Consider a Career in Recruitment

02/12/2018 By Lily Senior

As a graduate, you have the world at your feet. Often the choices about what to do are daunting. If your degree is general and not industry-specific or vocational, then it’s even harder to choose. But whatever your degree subject, a career in recruitment could be right up your street. Here are the top reasons for considering a career in the industry.

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Find out how lots of different companies operate

Most recruitment consultants work with a range of clients, spread across different industry sectors. You’ll work fairly closely with your clients to understand what they do on a daily basis and help them find the perfect person to fill a gap. This provides you with a unique opportunity to get behind the scenes in different types of businesses, before you choose to specialise in a particular industry.

Salaries are Competitive

According to recent surveys, the average graduate starting salary is between £19,000 and £22,000. However, recent graduates working in the recruitment sector can expect to earn between £22,000 and £28,000 for the first year or so, with added on bonuses. Once you're promoted to a billing consultant role (usually after around a year), these salary prospects increase dramatically.

Quick Progression

As an industry, recruitment sees people progress quickly into more senior roles. Performance is what determines possibilities of promotion, not length of service. Good recruitment consultants can quickly move into senior account manager roles, or into working with bigger and more important clients. There are lots of stories about people who started off in recruitment with no experience and worked their way up to board level – La Fosse's Director of Contract recruitment, David Roberts, is a prime example.

Variety of Work

No two days are the same, with a constant stream of new job seekers and clients with positions to fill. And you won’t just be stuck in the office either. Most recruiters split their time between interviewing new job seekers, presenting to clients, site visits to understand operations or negotiating contracts.

Transferrable Skills

If at some point in the future you decide you’d prefer to move out of recruitment into another industry, then you’ll have lots of transferrable skills like negotiation, time management, interviewing and development skills. Working in a range of industries also gives a clear understanding of what many different companies do.

Defined End to the Task

We’ve all had jobs where we’re not sure how long a project will last for, or even the overall purpose of the work. Recruitment is different in that each project is very specific, with a defined outcome. This can hugely raise job satisfaction levels and feelings of accomplishment.

If you'd like to learn more about why a career in recruitment could be the right step for you, please don't hesitate to get in touch at lily.senior@lafosse.com, or call on 02079322083.

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