Why working in recruitment is a great career choice

25 Jan 2022

Whether you’re just starting out in your career, or you’re looking for a change and a new challenge, working in recruitment might be just what you’re looking for. But if you’re new to an industry, it can be difficult to figure out if it’s the right choice for your future.

Working in recruitment is a great career (sure, we’re probably a little biased because we have a team that loves what they do!). Here’s what we think makes recruitment the place to be.

Financial rewards and incentives

Want a career with uncapped earning potential? Look no further. And guess what - it’s totally OK to find motivation in earning money.

There are plenty of roles in recruitment with competitive base salaries on offer, but with the addition of commission structures (typically with no cap), you’ll have the opportunity to earn a great income.

As well as financial rewards, there’s also lots on offer for other types of performance incentives, too. 

Becoming someone’s career hero

There’s no better feeling than when you’ve done a great job that’s made a real difference - and working in recruitment gives you the opportunity to help other people with finding what they want for their future.

Most of us spend the majority of our waking hours at work, so whether someone is starting, changing or progressing their careers, they’re usually making some big decisions. As a recruiter, you’ve got the chance to have a real impact in helping someone find their perfect next move.

And with lots of successful candidates that you work with, you might find they come back to you for your help when they’re ready to move again. You could be part of their career journey for years to come, and you’ll get to see them evolve and grow in each new role. That’s a real recipe for job satisfaction.

Career progression and personal development

Recruitment; it’s big. And it moves fast. That means that in this diverse and constantly evolving sector, there’s a huge amount of opportunities.

Recruitment careers attract people from all backgrounds, because it’s one of the few industries that looks for skills and experience in a variety of places. You don’t need industry specific qualifications or experience - you need the right attitude and a willingness to learn. 

Because there’s diversity in recruitment teams, there’s always a focus on personal development and career progression. Recruiters are used to learning, changing and adapting - and that creates a culture with growth and development at its core. That’s why there’s amazing opportunities in recruitment to learn new skills and move up the career ladder.

Get industry insights as a specialist recruiter

Interested in a particular industry for your own career? Working as a recruiter in a specialist sector is a great chance to get some sector insights before making a career move into the industry.

Recruitment companies are always looking for team members who are passionate about an industry and can show they have the skills to communicate well with potential clients and candidates in the sector.

You’ll know what employers are looking for… handy

Whether your future career will be in recruitment, or it’s a career move that suits you right now, you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of what employers are looking for. You’ll hone interview skills from both sides of the table, learn what an amazing CV looks like and understand generally what makes a stand-out candidate.

So, wherever your future career takes you, you’ll be well equipped with the basics to help you land your ideal role every time you’re ready for the next step.

Game on - in the best way

If you love some healthy competition, you’ll love a recruitment career. 

As a rapidly growing industry, recruitment is a competitive marketplace. A drive to find ways to stand out to candidates and clients, and deliver an outstanding recruitment experience, makes all the difference.

We don’t view competition as a negative thing - it’s great to have competitors. Why? Because that’s what helps recruiters thrive. Competition means we’re always looking to improve, find ways to make things better or most effective for our clients, and deliver a candidate experience that they won’t get with someone else.

Right place, right culture

Recruitment companies are in the business of people, right? So of course, lots of recruitment organisations realise that they need to value their own people.

As well as financial rewards and other incentives, recruitment firms are often looking for ways they can help their teams to be happier and more productive. Whether that’s a great physical office space, regular team building experiences or investing in the latest recruitment tech, there’s a real culture of motivation and innovation throughout the industry.

Wait… where do I sign up?

We know, we know… how could you possibly resist a career in recruitment now? If you’re thinking about making recruitment your next career move, here’s a couple of things you might find useful.

  1. Make sure you research the type of recruitment agency you want to work for. 

Smaller organisations might give you more in terms of autonomy, experience in a niche market and being able to have a real impact on the business, but a larger organisation might cover more specialist areas of recruitment.

  1. Think about your current skills

Make sure your CV demonstrates key skills a recruitment consultant would need - like communication, teamwork and sales. 

  1. Think about what you’d like to learn

Recruitment is a prime learning environment. Understand what you’d like to gain professionally from a recruitment career, and check learning opportunities available with the company you’re applying to.

Want to find out more about a career in recruitment and how you can succeed with Alexander Ash?

Take a look at our ‘Work for Aa’ page here.