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So, you've finished university, earned your degree and are eager to get started with your career or you have started a career and quickly realised it’s not for you. You've got a great education, talent and enthusiasm in abundance - the only problem is, you're not sure what to do next. With so many options to choose from, it isn't always easy making key career decisions.

Recruitment is an option for graduates

As both the UK and Irish economies grow, despite Brexit, many employers are finding they need specialist help to identify and attract skilled candidates. This is where recruitment agencies, and the consultants they employ, come in. Using their knowledge, expertise and judgement, recruiters are able to match talented candidates to business’ job vacancies, providing the expertise they need to growth their business. As most companies will say their most valuable commodity is their people, this is your chance to make a real impact to a business.

With more organisations using recruiters, the industry is continuing to expand. As such, agencies are not only seeking skilled professionals for the businesses they work with, they are also looking to add talent to their own work forces. There is significant demand for enthusiastic, ambitious professionals - those who can build connections, negotiate and influence, solve problems and manage relationships. As such, there are great career prospects for graduates & trainees interested in careers in the recruitment sector.

What do recruiters do?

Recruitment consultants have a multi-faceted role. They work as marketers, net-workers, problem solvers, interviewers and negotiators as they strive to find the perfect match between job seeker and employer. There's no telling where the perfect candidate may be hiding - it's the recruiter's job to find them, get them engaged, and assess their suitability for the role. Once a match has been made, consultants advise both candidates and hiring managers on issues such as salary, training, benefits and other practicalities.

While recruitment is a business development role – recruiters are expected to be target driven and excel in sales – in the end it is a people business and recruiters aim to build relationships with professionals in the market. This involves gaining trust which takes time and dedication – something that recruiters should have in spades!

Is recruitment a good career?

There are plenty of reasons why recruitment careers appeal to many graduates. See below for some of the highlights we have identified for graduates who choose to build their career with MCS.

Progression opportunities

Top performers can advance quickly into more senior leadership roles. This is an industry in which professionals are judged on performance – not by time served or waiting for the next rung in the ladder coming available.

Scope for development

MCS Group invest in their staff, knowing they are potentially the business leaders of the future. There will be scope for training, coaching and mentorship, in order to help you come on board successfully, become acclimatised to the industry and develop your career. And many new entrants are surprised with the practical business experience they gain – meeting with business leaders, assessing their resourcing challenges and tailoring solutions to help them growth their businesses.

Reward & Recognition

There are strong financial incentives for performance, meaning talented recruiters can be very well remunerated. The more successful you are in delivering for your customers and clients – the more you will be rewarded.

Variety of work

Recruiting is a varied role in which no two days are ever the same. As a consultant, you've got targets to hit, but you've also got a degree of autonomy and flexibility. On any given day, you could be out and about meeting clients and candidates, negotiating contract rates, attending events, running interview sessions or trying to finalise important deals.

A challenge

Not everyone can thrive as a recruitment consultant. You need to be an independent-minded self-starter, have a high level of confidence and developed communication and influencing skills. It also pays to be driven, creative, flexible and resilient. The job can be challenging, but there can be immense job satisfaction - in addition to the extrinsic rewards - when you successfully find someone a new career opportunity or help a company in its growth agenda.

If you are keen on a career in recruitment please send a CV and cover note to or call Sean Devlin, Associate Director @ MCS Group on 02890235456

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