The UK recruitment industry is a multi-billion pound industry, with tens of thousands of recruitment agencies based around the country. As such, there are lots of recruitment opportunities and talent acquisition jobs out there for graduates who are looking for a challenging but rewarding career. So, what do careers in recruitment actually look like?
Properly understood, the recruitment industry can be split into two: internal recruitment and external recruitment. An internal recruitment consultant works in-house and is solely responsible for the hiring efforts of their own company. External recruitment roles, in contrast, work for an agency and are responsible for the hiring efforts of multiple client businesses. Whether working internally or for an agency, the goal of all talent acquisition professionals is to place top candidates into suitable roles in order to benefit a business.
Taking a closer look at the recruitment consultant career path, most graduates will start their recruitment career in entry level recruitment jobs. At entry level, graduate recruitment opportunities usually take the form of candidate resourcer jobs. As a candidate resourcer, you are responsible for finding candidates to shortlist for interviews, scanning CVs to identify skills matches and performing initial candidate screening over the phone. Candidate sourcing and executive search are an integral part of the recruitment process, with some recruiters choosing to specialise in executive search jobs, progressing to positions such as ‘Executive Search Consultant’.
For graduates in junior recruitment jobs that want to move beyond resourcing, the next stage is to progress to 360 recruitment. A 360 Graduate Recruitment Consultant is responsible for handling the whole recruitment process from start to finish. This includes job description writing, sourcing and screening candidates, organising in-person interviews and assessment days, providing feedback to candidates, and rolling out job offers. The main point of progression in these graduate recruitment consultant jobs is the account management involved; a Talent Acquisition Consultant must liaise successfully between the hiring clients and job seekers.
At this career level, most recruiters choose to specialise in a particular sector, industry or job type. For instance, the recruitment consultants working here at Give a Grad a Go specialise in graduate jobs recruitment. Having moved into specialist account management, most recruiters then have their progression determined by targets. As such, the speed of progression for graduate recruitment roles is very much dependent on performance. If you’re hitting your targets every month, you could see yourself progressing to Senior Recruitment Consultant within your first couple of years in the job.
If you’re interested in kickstarting your recruitment career, register a profile on our website and head over to our recruitment jobs board to start the application process – it’s really that simple!