How to Get Into Recruitment

What Recruitment Consultancy to Join?

You have written your cv and it is ready to go but wait, first make sure someone apart from you has read the cv to ensure it makes sense.


Amazingly the standards of cvs I read are poor; there is no excuse with spell checker and grammar checker. Watch out here though as word will often not include heading or words written in capitals. I have had many a laugh at the spelling of curriculum vitae. It is often at the top big and bold but spelt incorrectly because it hasn’t been checked. Ask your self what does it say about you?



The next step is where to send your cv well this will really depend on what market sector you have chosen or where your skills best fit. I think these days there is a recruitment consultancy for nearly every single market. So the most logical direction would be a market that relates to your experience or degree, that way it will give you an edge.



Apart from industries there are the different fields of recruitment to consider


1) Permanent

2) Temporary/Contract

3) Head Hunting

4) In House

5) Or a Combination of above



The styles of the person vary greatly here The Temporary or Contract consultant can be very much a service type role where the role is very much about ensuring the candidates get to their job on time and the completion of time sheets.



The Permanent role is more sales orientated and is generally more new business driven, so here you need to have more of that sales drive.


Finally there is the headhunter, which although most people perceive that head hunting is generally recruitment; a true headhunter will command salaries in excess of £100,000. The role is much more involved in that you tend to work on assignments and on larger fees i.e. 30% of directors salaries, which can range between £50k to £100k.



To help you focus, if you are starting out then you will need to consider permanent or temporary and head hunting is for more senior and experienced individuals.


Next you need to consider the size of company to work for, whether to join a start up or a company like Manpower or a small agency. All have their advantages but starting you career with one of the big companies is the best way to go, as these companies will give you the training, which will set you up for life.


I would try to avoid the start-ups as this can be very stressful, but generally you will have the advantage of working with someone who is very experienced and has broken away from an established consultancy.

If you cannot get into the likes of manpower then the smaller companies will often give you the break and a couple of years later you will have the experience to join larger organisations.

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