We bet you've never considered a career in recruitment...

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The chances are you’ve never considered a career in recruitment – but the profession is dripping with opportunity. The UK’s recruitment market is estimated to be worth over £30 billion. And because of the scale of the sector, and continued strong growth, businesses are crying out for new recruits.

Professional recruitment consultants help businesses to fill job vacancies and support candidates in finding the right role. They play a pivotal part in the success of the UK economy and a career in recruitment offers the opportunity of a fast-track to a top salary, international travel and business ownership.

According to a recent analysis by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), the UK recruitment sector needs another 15,000 people in 2017 alone. As such, employers in the recruitment sector are now focused on bringing on board new talent. More firms are beginning to realise the benefits of hiring bright, ambitious entry level talent that they can then train and develop internally to best suit the needs of their business. 

Unlike other sectors, which have the advantage of established career structures and arguably more support from schools and parents, recruitment is not promoted as a viable career path for millennials at a crucial stage when they are making decisions about their futures. Because of this, individuals who may be interested in a career in recruitment have historically lacked guidance on the best way to enter the profession.

However, today, there are an increasing number of apprenticeships, traineeships and graduate schemes available. These are designed to enable companies bring on board bright individuals, with potential, and up-skill them with the expertise and attitude they need to perform. Those with an interest in entering the profession can find out more about a career in recruitment on the APSCo website where they can also find a directory of APSCo member firms.

If you’re applying as a school or university leaver, you won’t be expected to know the intricacies of how recruitment works, however it is crucial that you do some legwork and research the company beforehand. The interviewer is likely to be assessing if you are passionate, ambitious and ready to learn. With this in mind, you should prepare for the unexpected. Be ready for the conversation to take any direction. Don’t have a preconception of how the meeting is likely to unfold, and you won’t get flustered when things don’t go to plan.

You may not have had the recruitment profession on your radar when considering future career options – but for smart and ambitious individuals this could be your opportunity to shine.


CareersEmily Baulf