The recruitment industry 

The recruitment industry is a dynamic, fast-paced and often highly competitive environment which can offer interesting & exciting career opportunities for the right individual.  The annual industry turnover in the UKcurrently amounts to around £25 billion with forecasters suggesting a considerable rise in future years. The recruitment industry provides services to all business sectors, working in partnership with organisations of varying size, from sole traders to multinationals.  Specifically Carter Personnel Consultants Limited recruits within the IT sector, primarily on behalf of blue-chip end user organisations. Recruitment consultancies attract candidates and match them to jobs with client companies on either a contract / temporary or permanent basis. The consultants role is a vital link between candidates and clients, operating in numerous sectors of the UK employment market.

The role of a recruitment consultant

The role of the IT recruitment consultant is fast-paced, demanding and diverse.  It is also frequently challenging and frustrating but with ample reward for consultants committed to working hard. The primary basis of the role involves attracting business from client organisations by using sales, business development and marketing techniques.  This can include building relationships with clients through face to face meetings, telephone conversations and in writing. It involves getting to know the client, what they do, how they operate and understanding the culture / atmosphere within the workplace. An essential attribute for a recruitment consultant is the confidence to establish contact with prospective clients and win their business. The second key element of the recruitment consultants role is attracting candidates to client vacancies.  This involves gathering as much detail as possible about each specific role in order to construct effective advertising copy across a wide range of media.  It also involves screening of candidates to determine suitability and selecting the best for submission to client companies.  At an advanced stage recruitment consultants will be involved in negotiating pay and salary rates and finalising arrangements between client and candidate. The sense of satisfaction you receive from placing the right candidate in the right job can be significant.

What makes a good recruitment consultant?

People who are keen to learn and have positive personal attributes will always be welcomed into the recruitment industry.  Candidates seeking a move into a different career will find that recruitment consultancy can offer a stimulating and dynamic role where experience and hard work will be rewarded on merit. The background of your work experience is largely unimportant although experience within a sales, marketing or customer services environment would be a distinct advantage. To be successful in the recruitment industry you must:

Be ambitious and confident

Be goal orientated

Be tenacious

Have good interpersonal and communication skills

Be a good team player

Be able to handle multiple priorities

Be a good listener

Be a natural problem solver

Be able to work to deadlines and targets

Enjoy responsibility and working in a high-pressure environment

Recruitment consultancy is an exciting career for most people of all ages.  Almost 100,000 people already work in this important sector of the economy.  If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding role which combines sales, people skills and problem solving you may already have what it takes to be a successful recruitment consultant. The recruitment industry is going from strength to strength – we want to hear from candidates who want to join us in being part of that success. Contact us in full confidence on 0121 506 9020 or alternatively eMail andrew.carter@cpcrecruitment.com with a copy of your CV.