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Industry insight: What to expect from working in recruitment

Written by

Rebecca Evans


Considering a career in recruitment?

A career in recruitment involves connecting talent with job opportunities, managing the hiring process, and contributing to organisational success. If you enjoy working with people, finding solutions, and thrive in a fast-paced environment, recruitment might be a great fit for you!

Most people start their career in recruitment as a Recruitment Apprentice, Resourcer or Trainee Recruitment Consultant. Focusing on attracting and sourcing suitable candidates for vacancies, creating job advertisements and shortlisting job applications. Building meaningful, long-lasting relationships with job seekers from a wide range of backgrounds, locations and with a variation of skills and experience, providing them with support, advice and guidance along the way. Taking the lead on securing vacancies, working closely with Hiring Managers to understand their requirements and becoming an expert in your sector. No day will be the same!

You may work as an Internal Recruiter, employed directly by an organisation. Taking the lead on regional or national recruitment for the business. Internal recruiters work closely with Hiring Managers and HR to support talent planning, candidate assessment and onboarding. You will be a key contact for prospective employees, giving a great first impression of your organisation.

External Recruiters are employed by recruitment agencies. This includes regional agencies supporting recruitment in a particular community (recruiting local people for local roles) and specialist agencies that recruit for certain sectors throughout the UK. External agencies recruit for a range of organisations, supporting internal recruiters with difficult to fill roles. External recruiters charge organisations a fee when they place a suitable candidate, if you are commission driven, external recruitment may be a great fit for you.

As a recruiter, you may choose to recruit for an industry that interest you. There are a range of specialist sectors that you may choose to recruit in, such as technology, health care, retail, construction, education and finance, likewise recruiting in different fields and conditions can make recruitment particularly engaging.

Progression routes within the recruitment sector are extremely varied. You may move into a Senior Recruitment role, Talent Acquisition, Account Management or Recruitment Coordinator role, or may find your passion is Business Development and focus on sales, bids and securing new clients. A career in recruitment can open doors into HR, sales and business operations. As an experienced recruiter, you may become a Specialist Freelance Recruiter, or perhaps a business owner should you decide to open your own recruitment agency.

Recruiters are often driven, they embrace the feeling of finding the perfect candidate (like finding a golden unicorn!) and most importantly supporting people into a new role, as a recruiter you play an extremely important part in shaping people’s lives, giving them the support and encouragement that they need to secure their dream role!

Within recruitment, you will juggle multiple plates and have many ups and down, but the sky is the limit for learning, development and earning potential.