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Fancy Starting a Career in Recruitment?

Updated: Oct 11, 2023

If you are a people person who thrives in a fast-paced environment, a career in recruitment may be perfect for you!

A career in recruitment entails matching candidates to job vacancies by collaborating with companies to discover the best prospects. As a recruitment consultant, you will assist the candidate through the interview process. Whether it’s polishing their CV, providing interview tips, or negotiating salaries.

As a recruiter, you must be comfortable conversing with new people at all different levels, both in person and over the phone. These interactions will define your success.

Below are some of the typical duties of a recruiter:

  • Building relationships.

  • Networking.

  • Screening applicants to ensure they meet the basic requirements for a role

  • Selecting candidates for interviews, preparing Candidates for interview.

  • Giving feedback on CVs and interview technique

  • Developing new business opportunities

  • Liaising deals with clients and ensuring all of their needs are met

  • Informing candidates if they have been successful

  • Posting job ads

Working in recruitment you are almost guaranteed to be doing these two things:

  • Working with people

  • Working to targets

Therefore, you need to have strong interpersonal skills and enjoy the pressure of deadlines. Although it is inevitable you won’t accomplish all objectives, resilience is a crucial attribute for a recruiter to possess. Often in the recruitment field, employers value specific skills over academia. Below are some typical skills required for success in the recruitment profession.

To be a successful recruiter you should have:

  • Strong communication skills

  • A passion for recruitment

  • Be results and goal orientated

  • Teamwork skills

  • Adaptability and a willingness to continuously improve your performance

  • Effective negotiation skill

The nature of being in recruitment


In recruitment you don’t need a top degree; no formal qualifications are required for the role of a recruitment consultant. Participating in as many part-time or internships as feasible is tremendously beneficial to your employability. When compared to individuals without relevant job experience, having work experience in a capacity similar to that of a recruitment consultant expedites your application. It should be emphasised that your success as a recruiter often results from a 'can do', 'go-getter' mentality.

Work Structure

You will usually work regular hours from Monday to Friday. Alternatively, you may be provided with a fixed yearly wage, or you may be offered a basic salary, with a commission scheme. You should be prepared to work long hours because you have to devote time to obtaining new business and seeking potential candidates. It will become simpler once you have been doing it for a while. Over time you will build up a strong network of contacts, making it easier to source potential talent.

Please contact us if you feel you are an ambitious, goal-oriented individual with great communication abilities.

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We have several lucrative recruiter opportunities for you!

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