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A career in Internal Recruitment vs HR vs Recruitment Consultancy - What is the difference?

I have found through interviewing candidates who are interested in working for Morgan McKinley, this question often comes up.

I have found through interviewing candidates who are interested in working for Morgan McKinley, this question often comes up. Generally, the reason people have applied to work in recruitment is that they like “working with people” and they want a role that has “variety”. Yes, you can get that in all three of these roles but the career progression opportunities and job duties are very different.

Whilst it will depend on the size of the organisation, generally speaking this is what you could expect:

Why work as an Internal Recruitment Consultant?
You are likely to sit in a wider “People” team alongside HR professionals. You’ll get the chance to build strong internal relationships with stakeholders in the business and work in partnership with them. You are likely to get visibility of internal vacancies long before they are active and exposure to basic HR tasks such as contract generation, working closely with the HR Administrator in on-boarding. You will have targets or KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) that you will need to hit, however, you are also likely to get greater autonomy than working in agency as a Recruitment Consultant. 

Why work in HR?
You are likely to have strong interpersonal skills and the emotional intelligence to response to various situations AND you also have to like the commerciality of a business. You would typically start out as a HR Administrator and would need strong attention to detail, be career driven as well as know how to keep abreast of changes in employment legislation and how that could impact the business as a whole. The further you progress your career in HR, you will be involved in more strategic projects as well as coming up with approaches to get the most out of the talent within the company, also making sure you help to create an environment that people want to work in. Your role might be as a HR Advisor or Junior HR Business Partner or a specialist role in a certain area such as Organisational Development, Employee Relations, etc.

Why work as a Recruitment Consultant (agency – external)?
You’ll get the opportunity to build strong relationships with your clients and candidates who are mid to senior level career professionals. You’ll get the chance to learn a lot about different companies – how their company culture and brand is different from others; what it takes to work at those companies; learn the long term strategy of many different organisations and find talent to fit into their long term goals. You’ll also have to work to weekly/daily targets or KPIs such as logging information on the company database about the number of candidates you have booked in for interviews, number of calls you make to candidates, number of business development calls you make to clients. For more insight on what career progression as a Recruitment Consultant at Morgan McKinley looks like, check out one of my previous blogs here. 

To help with your decision in which career path is right for you, take a look at the following basic flowchart:

  • Do you like variety and people related job? → YES - continue to next question
  • Do you work well to targets and KPIs? →Look at Internal Recruiter or Recruitment Consultant
  • Are you process driven and strong at customer service? →Look at Internal Recruiter
  • Keen to learn sales/negotiation skills? →Look at Recruitment Consultant
  • Do you like administrative tasks? →Look at HR Administrator
  • Are you interested in keeping up to date with the changes in employment legislation?→Look at HR Administrator
  • Nov 18, 2014
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