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Are you a graduate considering a career in recruitment?

After finishing college or university, most graduates are faced with the same challenge of what to do next.

You have spent the last few years working towards your hard earned degree and now it's time to get started on your career. There are key decisions to make on what path you would like to take. With so many options to choose from, it's not always an easy decision.

If you’re a recent graduate who is considering a career in recruitment and wondering what a recruiter's day looks like, I have listed a brief overview below of what you can expect from a typical day in a recruitment role.

Typical daily working duties:

  • Promoting jobs through various job boards, social media, word of mouth and candidate outreach
  • Offering guidance to clients and candidates through the recruitment process
  • Screening and shortlisting potential candidates and making lots of phone calls
  • Keeping up to date with industry news, trends and changes
  • Offering career advice to candidates and coaching them on how to meet their career goals
  • Building relationships with existing clients and new clients through business development activities

Why recruitment?

There are many reasons why graduates are attracted to a career in recruitment. As a recent graduate, I have listed some of the highlights that attracted me to starting my career in recruitment:

1. Career progression opportunities

Top performers have the opportunity to progress into more senior roles or leadership roles. Recruitment is an industry where your success is based on performance, and those that perform have the potential to progress very quickly.

2. Earning potential

You are rewarded for your hard work. Your financial rewards are based on performance, which means earning potential is down to your own individual success. You will receive excellent commission on top of your base salary when you successfully fill a role.

3. Diverse and exciting

No two days are the same. If you are seeking a role with variety, recruitment could be a great fit for you. On any given day, you could be out and about attending client meetings, attending business events, carrying out interviews, or at your desk making important phone calls. Each day will present an opportunity to connect with people and learn something new.

4. Development opportunities

Recruitment agencies invest in their employees since they are their future business leaders. You will receive excellent training, coaching, and mentoring to assist you in effectively joining the company, adjusting to the business, and furthering your career. We see continuous learning as key to your career advancement.

From our Onboarding Programme, our Academy, to our Specialist Leadership Training, supported by elearning through The Knowledge Hub and educational assistance programmes, we offer plenty of opportunities to hone your skills and learn new ones.

5. A challenge

As much as a career in recruitment is extremely rewarding and gives immense job satisfaction, it is also a challenging career. To be a successful recruiter you need to be self-motivated, hard-working and resilient. You will have targets and KPIs to meet so working well under pressure is essential. If you are a motivated individual with a go-getter mindset, you will thrive in the recruitment industry.

No matter what your area of study was, graduate opportunities in recruitment will give you the experience and opportunities required to kick start your career. If you are a recent graduate and would like to find out more about starting a career at Morgan McKinley, please reach out to our Talent Acquisition team today. We would love to hear from you.

  • Jun 10, 2022
  • Careers , Australia , Canada , China , Hong Kong , India , Ireland , Japan , Singapore , UK
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