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5 takeaways as a fresh graduate in the Singapore recruitment industry

Having graduated from university almost a year ago and looking back, I'm amazed at how much I've learnt from the recruitment industry in such a short span of time.

1. Communication

In recruitment, we spend the most part of our day speaking to a diverse range of people from different backgrounds – both candidates and clients alike. It is definitely important to communicate effectively and to build rapport with the people that we are speaking to.

Before working in recruitment, I wasn’t the best at engaging people in conversations. But as a recruitment consultant, we are put in a position where we have to be proactive and confident in speaking to people. 

2. Time Management 

Recruitment is a competitive and fast-paced industry. We deal with a high volume of candidates and clients and as such, it is important to keep ourselves accountable and to adhere to strict timelines.

As a recruitment consultant, I have learnt the importance of time management. It is key to organize each day and to prioritize my tasks. If we do not learn to utilize our time effectively and to be the most productive, we will soon feel overwhelmed. 

3. Building your professional network

As recruitment consultants, we have the privilege to meet and interact with people from all levels of an organization. As a result, we not only get to know them professionally, but also personally. In many cases, we will need to know these individuals well enough such that we can fully understand their needs, interests and concerns. Many of these people that we meet will also want to maintain a relationship with us hoping that we can continually provide first hand insights into the job market.

4. Making an impact in people’s lives 

One of the bigger milestones in an individual’s life is landing a great job. Because of this tremendous impact, we recruitment consultants will have to maintain a high level of commitment to excellence. We are there to help improve the chances and the experience of every candidate by preparing them, assisting them and giving them insights throughout their job search process. 

5. Making an impact to businesses 

Research has shown that recruiting has the greatest bottom-line business impact on revenue and profit of any talent management function. As we fill jobs with excellent candidates, not only will candidates be grateful, hiring managers will also be thankful that we helped to improve their organization’s performance. As a result, good recruiters will usually have managers who will come back again continuously for help on the hiring front.  

It has been incredibly rewarding working in recruitment for the past one year from both a professional and personal point of view. If you are keen to find out more about recruitment as a career, I will be more than happy to share.

Written by Cari Tan

  • Jun 20, 2018
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