When I Grow Up I Want To Be A Recruiter?

22 March 2017

Recruitment isn’t usually an industry that people dream of getting into but rather fall into by chance, however it is a career that many people love and thrive in and certainly never feel bored.  

Today the UK Recruitment market is a 32 billion pound industry, with forecast growth of 9% in the next 3 years, that’s £32 billion spent each year on finding talent, but it’s not just about finding people jobs (although that’s the best part!)

The role of a recruitment consultant is about adding value. Finding, supporting and encouraging future talent is essential for our local organisations to grow and succeed, and this has a huge impact on the NI economy.

What does a career in recruitment look like, and what type of people succeed in this career?

I am a great believer in the saying “you hire for attitude and train for skill “and nowhere is this more relevant than recruitment. I joined the industry a few years after finishing a degree in History and Politics, starting off my career in Telecoms sales.  I had also worked in and ran a pub, something which I think prepared me well for the world of recruitment, communication and an interest in people is a must…

It is a profession where a “can do“ attitude is a must with other essential traits such as resilience, perseverance and pure determined drive are core elements from which a recruitment manager can train and coach on the actual craft of recruitment.

The role of a recruitment consultant involves developing and managing lasting relationships with clients, and supporting them with their recruitment needs by sourcing the most suitable candidates. It is a career which is ideal for people who are energetic, tenacious, naturally outgoing, and empathetic and who enjoy working as a team.

In recruitment we have 2 sets of customers, the client (employer) and the candidate.  Day-to-day life includes identifying and evaluating client recruitment needs.  The majority of our client meetings are on their sites where we can get an in-depth view of business objectives, culture and resource plans.

In recruitment you need to be a talent magnet, every day you are reaching out and sourcing candidates from an array of channels including social media, internal databases, direct approaches and traditional job boards, so you must have a genuine interest in people and how you can support their career goals.

The role of a recruiter requires a lot of people interaction from screening and interviewing candidates, meeting prospective employers and candidates at networking events, giving careers talks to students, formally presenting recruitment solutions to prospective clients and general daily telephone time.  

There are fantastic progression opportunities within the industry with recruitment consultants able to develop their career into senior roles such as principle consultant, team lead, divisional heads and director level.

At MCS Group many of our recruitment consultants were university graduates, who have gone through either a pure in house training route or have taken the Graduate Management post grad route; studying whilst working as a trainee in their chosen specialist vertical. Our team come from an array of degrees from History, Law, Engineering, IT and Business, Human Resources and Psychology, all with a selection of transferable skills.

Others in our specialist teams have varied backgrounds from pure Sales/Business Development professionals to experienced recruiters who have moved to MCS due to better opportunities and a transparent and exciting career journey.

Not only is MCS a fantastic place to start a career in recruitment, but as an IIP accredited company we are committed to supporting our people to achieve their goals and to building long term careers with us.

For an informal chat about current opportunities or if you just want a bit more information contact me by calling on 028 9023 5456 or email s.devlin@mcsgroup.jobs


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