7 reasons to choose a career in recruitment

Abi Hopkins, Talent Acquisition Manager, Gattaca

Over the last four years I’ve interviewed thousands of recruiters around the world who have applied to work at Gattaca. Recruitment is a profession which attracts a wide range of people so I’ve heard loads of reasons why people chose to join the industry. Many (like me) say they ‘fell into recruitment’. Although that may be how some of us began our recruitment careers, for me, it’s the varied nature of the work and rewarding benefits that made me realise recruitment was the right career choice.

Here are seven reasons why recruitment may be the right career choice for you:

1) Great development opportunities & career progression

Comprehensive training and opportunities to learn from colleagues at your desk help you grow and develop your skills – not just when you’re first starting out, but throughout your career. Couple these skills with hard work and you’ll be on the fast track for results, recognition and progression. With dedication and the right attitude, recruitment is a profession where you can progress quickly. I have personally experienced two promotions, progressing from Internal Recruitment Co-ordinator (on a fixed term contract) to Talent Acquisition Manager in my four years with Gattaca.

2) Freedom and support to be an entrepreneur

Running a recruitment desk is like running your own business. Once you’re fully trained and have all the skills to succeed, you have the opportunity to run your own client and candidate base. You can make your own success, and at the same time share in the success of the recruitment agency as a whole. It’s a great balance of taking control of your desk at the same time as having the support of a wider business.

3) Uncapped earning potential

No matter your base salary, commission structures mean you have an amazing earning potential. With no commission cap, you can reap the rewards for all your success. 

4) You can have a positive impact on people’s lives

The impact you can have is extremely rewarding. Whether it is finding someone their dream job or helping a client hire the perfect person to grow their business, recruiters have a huge impact on people’s lives. I still get the same buzz of excitement placing someone in a job now as I did six years ago, when I began my recruitment career.

5) Recruitment tools are continually evolving

Technology has revolutionised the world of recruitment. Tools like LinkedIn have made it easier to be more proactive and find the best candidates for your clients. It’s one of my best performing platforms to fill jobs and there are always new techniques to learn. Digital platforms are making it much easier to make initial contact before talking to people and building relationships.

6) You can be innovative

While there are some formulaic aspects to recruitment, the most successful people in the industry think outside of the box. Innovative thinking helps you stand out from your competitors, gives you access to the best candidates and in turn provides a better service to the client. Not only that but it is extremely rewarding and keeps you on your toes.

7) The competition is exciting

You are constantly competing in the recruitment industry. Whether it’s between industry competitors to fill the client’s job, or between your colleagues for the kudos of being the best, it’s easy to get a kick out of the competition. Friendly competition certainly keeps me motivated and makes me strive to do the best job I can.

If you are looking to build a career with a fast track to success, like interacting with people and don’t mind friendly competition, then recruitment could be the career choice for you. To choose a recruitment career with Gattaca, view our latest vacancies here.

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