As a Global Internal Recruitment Consultant, I frequently speak with recruiters and talent acquisition professionals about opportunities at WilsonHCG. One question I enjoy asking: “Why did you choose a career in recruitment?” “I fell in to it” is the most frequent response. Interestingly, very few people set out for a career in talent acquisition; many join because of an opportunity then stick with it as a result of progression opportunities.
I am an anomaly! I knew after a week talent acquisition was my calling, and worked hard to grow into this industry. But why recruitment and Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), you ask? College students, fresh graduates and anyone seeking to make a career change, here four reasons why this industry is right for me, why it may be right for you, as well as personal testimonies from my brilliant colleagues:
Working in recruitment brings unique fulfillment. As a recruiter, you spend your days connecting candidates with opportunities than can benefit their personal and professional lives. You build relationships with candidates and hiring managers, many of which will stick throughout your career! Further, recruitment is a results-driven industry where you are rewarded for your achievements. Businesses grow, evolve and disrupt because of the talent you provide!
Libby Herrmann, Client Relationship Manager, United States:
“[Recruitment] is a fundamental way to contribute to the success and core business support we provide every day. Further, it allows for tremendous career and earning potential to provide for our families. Aside from the tangibles, there is the intrinsic satisfaction of helping others and nurturing their career advancement aspirations.”
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2. Variety (Daily)
No two days are the same, every role you recruit for is different, and every client is unique. Since joining the industry in 2012, the biggest thing I’ve learned is that you need to be flexible in your approach to each task, role and project. Some people can’t thrive in this environment, while others cherish it. If you’re a wearer of multiple hats, flexible, appreciate variety and love to build relationships with a vast array of personalities across all levels, like me you just might fall into the latter category.
3. Fast Paced, Challenging
Every day brings change, new challenges arrive daily. The recruitment industry is ever evolving – meaning recruiters must constantly evolve with the landscape to serve our clients and organizations in a business-differentiating way. The key to being successful is taking on each challenge with a solution-oriented approach, staying up to date on market trends, and relentlessly attacking new technological capabilities; tools that automate certain responsibilities, increase efficiency, and enable us to focus on the vital consulting and relationship building components.
Malwina Bucior, Talent Attraction Team Leader, Poland:
“Recruitment was always exciting to me. After I graduated, I wanted to work in a fast paced and ever-changing industry – one that would keep me on my toes, give me the opportunity to build relationships with many people and have a positive impact on their lives by helping them find a new job/career, and create the opportunity to help managers find their perfect candidates. This is why I joined an RPO company; even four years in, there are so many things I'm learning and areas I can improve in. I hope stay in this industry for many, many years.”
4. Endless Opportunity to Develop!
Recruitment is a growing industry, one that offers committed personalities a large amount of learning and development (L&D) and career progression. Although the challenges are many, recruiters are also equipped – on a daily basis – with the opportunity to learn how to overcome. Knowledge is power! The more you learn and apply, the more you will progress. The more you stretch and find ways to inform and consult your hiring manager(s), the more credibility you will develop.
Claire Bowden, Recruitment Business Partner, United Kingdom
“After initially choosing a career in recruitment to get back to a city I loved and make as much money as possible, I’ve now been in the industry for 11 years. I love building relationships with candidates, speaking to people, and working in an environment with like-minded individuals. Success is celebrated, and you have the freedom to grow your career in whichever way you wish. I love the satisfaction of helping people find their perfect job and the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of others.”
In 2018, 84 percent of professionals aged 22-37 (48 percent of the global workforce) say career growth is their top factor when choosing an employer. If career growth is a priority, if you thrive in a fast-paced environment, if you love tackling new challenges creatively, recruitment might just be right for you!
Based in the UK, Lauren is part of WilsonHCG's Internal Recruitment team, primarily focusing on hiring recruitment professionals across the globe to join our growing organization. Lauren has been working within the recruitment industry for more than five years. She took an opportunity to start her career in recruitment upon completion of her college studies, and now finds passion in helping upcoming talent get into the careers they're excited about.