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How to be a successful recruitment consultant

  • Publish Date: Posted over 1 year ago
  • Author: Maddy Arkins

​With a high earning potential and early opportunities to progress, recruitment has become a career of choice for graduates. But what skills and attributes does it take to lead a successful career in recruitment?

1. Initiative

Sometimes the answer isn’t obvious, and you can either wait for the someone to explain it to you or go and work it out yourself. Being able to take the initiative and having a hunger to solve a problem will take you far in the recruitment industry. Having initiate means never taking the easy option and always be willing to take on additional work where needs be – even stuff outside of your remit.

2. Attitude

People that progress in our company are determined, hard-working and fun. Someone who is a joy to have in the team and successful in their own right. Successful recruitment consultants maintain a positive attitude in the face of adversity (and there is a lot of it in this role). They also put people first and take pride in being the best. Another key skill is to be available for people to come to you for help and then sharing your knowledge. In our team’s career success isn’t about self-interest or cutthroat competition. A large component of success is being approachable, friendly and reliable whilst hitting your own and the company’s goals and targets.

3. Communication

One of the biggest mistakes a company and the employees within in lack of communication. In this fast paced environment, you need to communicate well in order to be successful. Are you able to clearly convey information and ideas? Can you mix with others easily and build strong relationships? Can you influence, convince and negotiate? If you have demonstrable experience of these key skills, you’re well-positioned to go far in recruitment.

4. Ability to learn

A lot of our training is on the desk and on the job as recruitment isn’t something you can learn by reading a manual. Part of putting people first is being upfront with them and admitting your blunders. Note your colleagues’ feedback and implement changes off the back of it. You can always improve and achieve more.

To enhance this an organisation should ensure its promotion criteria are clearly laid out from the start. Right from Day 1, you should know exactly what’s expected of you and what it takes to progress. Whether it be a strong desire to lead a team, focus on being the biggest biller or moving internationally. You need a clearly delineated career path if you are going to fully commit to your goals with enthusiasm.

If you’re considering a career in recruitment, feel free to send your CV or check out the open roles we have.