Emily Spencer, 23
Employer: JAP Recruitment
Job title: Trainee Recruitment Consultant
My job role in some ways is quite different. I’m a graduate recruitment consultant who specialises in finding graduates to work as recruitment consultants. I graduated from Warwick University last year with a 2:1 in history and already knew that I really wanted to work in recruitment. I think that I’d seen a job advertisement and realised that they were looking for the kind of people that sounded a lot like me. I researched a bit more about it and realised that I had I had the right skills and personality, I like being on the phone and I like to make relationships and build rapport with people. I also like the combination of making lots of money, being autonomous and interacting with lots of people.
I started off working as a resourcer, which is where most graduates start, following up leads and calling candidates to book them in with a senior consultant. I was quite quickly promoted to the role of trainee recruitment consultant.
The kind of person you need to be to become a recruitment consultant varies enormously. Sales experience doesn’t always matter as long as you are presentable, polished and articulate. However clients will increasingly ask for some sort of relevant experience to show that you have the resilience to work in the industry. Leadership positions such as sporting captaincies or part-time jobs that involve some sort of targets or customer focus are useful CV attributes.
I’m very lucky in my working hours and work from 8.30 to 6. Recruitment is well known for having long hours and I have friends who often work until 8 or 9 at night. I feel it’s a real perk to have a good work-life balance and always make the most of my lunch break, which, again being given an hour for lunch is quite unusual in this industry.
How much you can earn depends on your experience. It is important to look beyond the basic rate as the amount you can earn can far exceed your basic salary. The best thing about the job for me is the people interaction. The colleagues as well as the clients and candidates. I’ve got to the stage in my work where I have built a good relationship with my clients and can have a good chat with them. Going into recruitment you have to be aware that although the money is good your earning potential is really up to you. It can be hard work and is such a temperamental industry that you have to recognise that there will be bad times as well as good. But if you are resilient, target-driven, a good communicator and like people then this could be a great career for you.