Are you thinking about starting a career in recruitment?

 Are you thinking about starting a career in recruitment? Not really sure what it entails, or perhaps what skills you would need which could help you succeed?

What is recruitment?

In essence, recruitment is the process of attracting, shortlisting, selecting and appointing suitable candidates for roles. Working at NDK, we have a variety of clients across the UK and EMEA that trust us to help them find the right people for their vacancies, both technically and culturally.

Each recruitment company will do things differently when training a new starter. What I mean by that is some companies will start you out in business development, calling and contacting potential clients to try and pick up some vacancies to work.

The other way, and how we like to do it here at NDK, is to start the training on the candidate side. You would be involved in working alongside the other 360 Recruitment Consultants to help them fill their roles. The reason we like to do it this way is, so you get a true understanding of the market and the basics of filling roles, without the added pressure of dealing with clients too!

What does that look like on day-to-day?

After having completed training, you will be responsible for juggling several vacancies that need filling. You will be looking for new applicants, answering emails, making phone calls and so on. It can be very full-on, and like our Director Nick always tells the team, “it’s like spinning plates”.

If you are an experienced sales professional, you will understand the feeling of getting THAT deal, the one you’ve worked so hard to get. That’s what makes it worth it. Not just because of the monetary aspect (naturally that helps!), but also the satisfaction of finding that person, who you have grown to know over the recruitment process, a job that they really want.

Progression and learning opportunities.

In recruitment, the possibilities of progression can be endless, whether you want to stay as a Trainee Consultant, or become a Director of a company, it’s there if you want it. Progression in recruitment is generally down to performance, no matter the timescale. If you have been in recruitment for 6 months or 5 years, you can still progress. It’s all about hitting targets and showing the ambition and drive to succeed.

Recruitment is one of those industries where no two days are the same. We deal with people all day and, as we have all learned, you can never really predict people. You get the opportunity to learn about a number of different areas within your sector and deal with applicants from so many different backgrounds, every day you will be learning something new.

Skills that could help.

So, what skills could help you? One of the most important skills is your people and communication skills. In recruitment, you will be talking with people all day, whether it’s your colleagues, clients or candidates. If you like to meet and talk to new people, then a recruitment role could be a perfect opportunity for you.

Another skill would be the need for organisation, as I mentioned earlier “spinning plates” can be tough. The key with this is finding an organisational system that works for you, whether you use a notepad to write a to-do list (my favourite), stick post-it notes to your screen or use an online website. It is important to keep on top of all the things going on.

If you’re interested in joining a career in recruitment then get in touch on lauren@ndkconsulting.co.uk and I can answer any questions you may have!

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