Are you looking for a career change and want to see if a career in recruitment is a good career path and the right path for you?
In this article we share insight into what a career in recruitment entails and why we believe a career in recruitment can offer great benefits, opportunity, development and fulfilment.
Being a recruitment agency you could argue that we are bias, but we genuinely believe that recruitment is a great career. We have seen a huge number of our consultants develop and progress into specialists in their sectors and build reputations as experts where candidates and clients within their sectors trust their knowledge, skills and consultative advice.
What is the role of a Recruitment Consultant?
A Recruitment Consultant is responsible for attracting candidates for job opportunities and matching them to contract and permanent position with clients. When beginning your career in recruitment, you will more than likely be focussed on speaking to candidates, building relationships and growing your specialist network. However, depending on your skillset, you could move straight into a client facing role where you will not only build relationships with candidates but also start building relationships with clients as well.
At Navartis, our Recruitment Consultants specialise in specific areas such as Construction, Civils, Rail, Power and Telecoms. Within those sectors, they will usually focus on specific job disciplines, such as Quantity Surveying, Site Management and Planning. This will help you to become an expert in the area you recruit in, helping to build specialist knowledge to help build trust with candidates and clients.
What are the typical duties of a Recruitment Consultant?
From company to company the role of a Recruitment Consultant could be sightly different, however the main duties include;
Advertising job vacancies across multiple channels, including job boards, email marketing and social media
Researching companies, professions and specific sectors
Maintaining and updating the company database
Networking with candidates via phone, email and face to face meetings
Negotiating fees, salaries, rates and benefits
Business development, which will include research and planning
Do you need formal qualifications to secure a recruitment role?
The short answer is no. At Navartis we don’t look at what qualifications you have. We believe that if you are committed to learning and developing your skills and you are driven to achieve then we will support you on your journey to becoming a successful recruiter.
Although no qualifications are needed, there are some key skills that would benefit you and your career within recruitment. These include:
Good communications skills
Excellent written skills
Be persuasive, patient and persistent
Be flexible and have the ability to adapt
Ability to prioritise
Ability to work to deadlines and under pressure
Does a career in recruitment offer progression opportunities?
Yes. A career in recruitment offers fantastic opportunities for career progression, however, it does come down to how driven you are to succeed. Recruitment is a sales focussed role, so you will have targets to meet to ensure you are on track for promotions, salary increases and of course commission.
At Navartis, we believe in promoting from within and you don't have to wait for a management role to become available in order to progress. If your goal is to become a Managing Consultant or Business Manager, then we will build a team around you and coach you on every step of your journey.
If management isn't the path for you, then our Principal Consultant role allows you to run your own desk, generate new business, develop existing clients, and focus on making placements. At Navartis your career is yours to decide. So whatever your goals we will provide the support and expertise to help you meet them.
What can you earn as a career in recruitment?
Due to recruitment being a sales focussed role, your earning potential is limitless. At Navartis we offer an uncapped bonus scheme, which means the more deals you make the more money you make.
You will of course earn your base salary, which if you join as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant will be between £18,000 to £20,000. On top of this your on-target earnings (OTE) offers you the ability to earn a lot more, which for successful Trainee Recruitment Consultants can be anything up to £60,000+ on top of you basic salary. Our on-target earnings (OTE) are uncapped meaning you really are in control of what you are able to earn.
What training is offered to Recruitment Consultants?
Training from company to company differs hugely. At Navartis we are proud of the training we have in place, which has helped countless Recruitment Consultants in our business achieve, develop and progress within the business.
Our Trainee Recruitment Consultants receive a tailored training programme, which starts the moment you walk through the door and flexes to suit your career aspirations. Our training is not just aimed at those new into the business but continues throughout all the stages of your career, including structured management training for those who aspire to being future leaders in the business.
Our training is delivered by experienced trainers who have not only worked in our business as Recruiters and Managers but who are also fully qualified trainers to a CIPP standard.
Want to find out more about working at Navartis?
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