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A career in Recruitment – what’s it all about?

Xpertise Recruitment has recently recruited a number of graduates, and are still on the look out for new talent. However, it got us thinking…what makes you even start looking at a career in recruitment? What’s it even about?

We spoke to recent recruit Annie Moss, who works in the Xpertise Recruitment London office about why she chose a career in recruitment, and why others should follow her pathway!

Annie’s Recruitment Journey so far…

I graduated this year from Leeds University with an industrial degree in English and Philosophy, then I went straight into recruitment. Possibly not the most obvious choice considering my degree background, but definitely the right one for me.

I got into recruitment when I was researching industries for my placement year. I didn’t know anything about recruitment at this stage and was looking at roles in marketing, supply-chain, HR, (you name it, I applied for it!). Then I came across recruitment and after spending one day in the office to have a look round, I realised that it was a really good fit for me.

Why a career in recruitment?

Because recruitment is a fast-paced, lucrative, challenging profession. In the words of my manager, “if you want to progress in your career and achieve your financial goals quickly, then recruitment is a great industry to be in.”

What even is recruitment? Don’t believe all the myths…

Most people don’t know anything about it before they start. You’ll often hear people say that they “fell into” recruitment or think it’s all about spending hours on the phone cold calling and hard selling, but it’s so much more than that.

Recruitment isn’t just finding jobs for other people. It’s about learning to manage a bunch of different candidates at a time and developing real relationships with clients to create business opportunities for the future; it’s about juggling different roles with different companies all at once so that you can deliver a high-quality service every time; it’s mentoring those around you to help them develop professionally.

It’s an overused phrase, but no two days are the same (really!). To be good at recruitment you must be able to adapt to every kind of situation and motivate yourself to keep tackling those challenges that come your way. It can be tough like most jobs, but it’s definitely worth it, the rewards are great! Here at Xpertise Recruitment we have loads of regular social events, quarterly incentive trips to places such as Barcelona, Prague,and even ski-ing in Morzine, plus a solid commission structure too!

Most of us grads really don’t know what career we want to go into after university. If you’re not sure where you want to end up, but you are motivated and love a challenge then you should definitely get in touch with us to talk about how to get into recruitment as a graduate. You don’t have to go into a recruitment firm having worked in recruitment before either, you just need the right sort of attitude.

Xpertise Recruitment are always looking for graduates who are proactive, driven, and enjoy forming relationships with people. You can come in knowing nothing about recruitment and have a clear career pathway to lead you into a management role, mentoring others, develop business relationships, sell your company to potential clients, and negotiate with senior business leaders.

If you love talking to people, building relationships and being rewarded, I’d recommend a career in recruitment. If you’re still studying but have an opportunity to have a placement year (we take on placement students here at Xpertise) , take that opportunity. It will give you a taste of what a career in recruitment really is like and what you can learn from it.

If this sounds like a bit of you or just want to know more about what recruitment is all about, get in touch. We also have our very own dedicated career site, so go and have a look at what roles we have available.