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What it’s really like working in recruitment

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I came to Give a Grad a Go confused about what career I should be pursuing – and in real need of a steer in the right direction.

But when I came in to discuss my options with the Give a Grad a Go team, I was very clear that I never wanted to do recruitment.

The stories I’d heard about the industry instantly put me off wanting to go down that path.

But, by the time I left my interview with the team here, I couldn’t stop thinking about the great people I met that day and how vibrant the atmosphere in the office was.

When I got home that evening Cary, CEO & Founder, gave me a call to ask what I’d thought about the meeting and whether I’d be interested in joining the team, and it just made total sense.

My first few months of working here were really challenging (recruitment is not for the faint-hearted).

But then again, starting anything new usually is.

What quickly became clear though was that the rewards you get for the hard work you put in, far outweigh any of the hurdles.

So here is an honest account of what working in recruitment is really like…


No rest for the wicked

As I said before, recruitment isn’t easy.

Coming into the office and switching your mind off isn’t an option – you have to really graft to build up a good reputation for yourself and a really good business network.

Like all careers, you have to start somewhere.

And, as a Consultant, you really do start from scratch.

I had plenty of support available to me from the team, but what makes being a Recruitment Consultant so different to any other job is you truly are in control of your own success.

In a way, it’s like running your own business; you need to generate revenue for yourself.

Keep a close eye on your supply pipeline and market yourself as well as possible – the better you master this, the more successful your business will be!

It’s a way of working that took me some getting used to, but as soon I got into the swing of it, I quickly started to reap the rewards!


Building lasting relationships

You get much more responsibility as a Recruitment Consultant than any other entry-level or graduate job I can think of.

You’re expected to network and build lasting relationships with business leaders from an early stage in your career.

This can admittedly be quite daunting initially.

What I was like to remember was that you’re only talking to another person.

They might be a CEO or a Managing Director. but you need to remember that they all started as a junior too.

Once I got over that, then relationship building came pretty easily to me.


The rewards

OK, so the potential rewards are normally the first thing I tell people about when I speak to them about a career in recruitment.

But the financial awards – which you would be hard pushed to beat – aren’t the only way you’re rewarded…


  • Industry knowledge

As a Recruitment-to-Recruitment Consultant, I have worked with a wide-range of specialist consultancies, including marketing, finance, IT, and sport.

Working for one of these specialist agencies is a great way to build up your knowledge of different industry sectors.

They keep you up-to-speed with the sector-specific jargon, and I get to join them on lots of their training, which can only bolster my professional standing.


  • Autonomy

You get so much responsibility as a Recruitment Consultant!

You need to be organised and give yourself structure, so you can plan your day and take control of the role in your own personal way.


  • Career progression

Your hard work doesn’t go unnoticed in recruitment.

On top of earning commission, you’ll find you can progress quickly through the company, with even better commission structures to match.

It can be tough getting those first few clients.

But, once you do well with them, the role progresses quickly!


How I help

I now help a variety of companies, big and small, find the best graduate talent for their workforce.

Hear from some of our placed graduates!


  • Tyler

“I feel dazed by how quickly I got a job through Give a Grad a Go. I got great support on improving my CV and Izzy told me about loads of exciting job vacancies.

She prepared me for my phone interview and group assessment day and I was offered the position!

I am beyond excited for the future and relieved that the process of finding meaningful work went as simply as it did!”


  • Jordan

“My experience with Give a Grad a Go was one of the most friendly and supportive experiences I’ve had during my graduate job search.

I was given advice and support by Ben, putting me in a strong position to receive an offer for my new graduate job.

Give a Grad a Go is definitely one of the best graduate recruitment agencies I’ve come across, if not the best.”


  • Maria

“Give a Grad a Go is by far the best graduate recruitment agency I could have come across.

The recruiters were on hand to answer questions and give advice about the process. Once I got the job, they sorted references and salary negotiations, making it the most stress-free experience I’ve had whilst applying for jobs.

My only regret is that I didn’t know about Give a Grad a Go sooner – I can’t recommend them enough!”



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