Some people are lucky, and they know what type of career they would like to pursue from an early age. But many – in fact we’d probably say most – come out of university without a clear idea of where they want to be in five years’ time, or even next week! The obvious choice is to look for a Graduate Programme, and if you’re really lucky, you might find one that vaguely relates to your degree. But even then, it could still turn out to be a poor decision, and one which isn’t likely to fund your wannabe millionaire lifestyle anytime soon.
So what other options are out there? To be honest, that really depends on you and what type of person you are. Some people are suited to certain types of career, and some simply wouldn’t make it past first base. And that is absolutely the case with any type of sales role. So, before we go any further – let’s be honest. This article is about a possible career in recruitment. And recruitment is very much a sales role. It’s not just matching existing candidates with existing employers that someone hands you on a plate - so if you don’t think a sales role is right for you, then you can probably stop reading now. We’d rather be honest on that one...
Still here? Great! So you think you might have some of the skills required to take on a sales role in the recruitment industry? But why recruitment we hear you ask, when there are a million other industries out there who could benefit from your amazing selling skills? We don’t like to blow our own trumpet, so here are some stats from the latest annual Recruitment Industry Trends Report, issued at the start of 2017 by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation:
- The recruitment industry is growing by 9% year on year
- At the end of 2016 the industry was worth a staggering £35.1bn
- Over 100,000 people are employed in recruitment
- There are almost 24,000 recruitment agency businesses registered in the UK
- Just under 10,000 of those agencies have an annual turnover of more than £250,000
- Recruitment contributes more to the UK economy than advertising, arts and recreation, and the food and beverage industries
It’s clear to see from these stats that the recruitment sector is booming, and continues to be one of the fastest growing industries in the UK. In fact, this is how REC Chief Executive Kevin Green puts it:
“The recruitment industry is bigger than ever before. It is the engine that drives the UK jobs market, enabling people to find the right job and businesses to find the talent they need to succeed. With near-full employment in the UK and candidate availability tightening, recruiters will play an even more important role in 2017.”
Hopefully that sets the scene for our industry, and why you should be a part of it. But we know exactly what you’ll be thinking now - “So what’s in it for me?”
Good question, and you won’t be surprised to hear that we’re ready and willing to answer it. In fact, there’s so much to offer in our industry that we hardly know where to begin! So we’ll start with the obvious one – money. Lots of money . . . Sounds a bit crass doesn’t it? But why should it? If you’ve read this far, then we think we’re safe in saying that you like the idea of a job in sales, and that you pretty much know it could be one of the highest paying options open to you as a graduate. If you believe in yourself and your sales skills, then you know the opportunities are huge.
In our world, as with most sales roles, it’s all about commission – more importantly, uncapped commission. So the world really is your oyster. A move into recruitment after university is probably one of the only ways you could be earning six figures within two years, if you have what it takes. You’re going to need to be proactive, persistent, resilient, confident and driven to succeed - what you might call a ‘high achiever’. You’ll also need to be a brilliant communicator, have great negotiation skills and high levels of motivation. If all of this sounds like you, then you could just have found your new career.
So we’ve got you hooked so far, but the next question has to be, “Why G2V?”, when we’ve just told you that there are almost 10,000 recruitment agencies in the UK. Why pick ours? Lots of reasons, and we’re glad you asked! This article isn’t intended to be a sales pitch for us (well, only a little) but we do like to think we offer rather more than our competitors - starting with that uncapped commission structure we mentioned. You won’t have forgotten the line about earning six figures within a couple of years either, and there really is the potential for a £100,000+ income in year two.
Anything we mention after that is only ever going to be an also-ran, but here goes anyway! We offer an increase in your basic salary when you hit certain billings targets. We’ll give you an all-expenses paid 5* holiday if you hit target in one of our ‘holiday target’ months. We run monthly company lunches for top achievers, often at Michelin starred restaurants – and we’ll even give you a free half day’s holiday for your birthday. Can’t say fairer than that.
But you have to be able to do the job of course, which is where our ongoing training and support programme, the G2V Development Academy, comes in. We’ll help you to acquire the skills and knowledge you need in order to become an excellent recruiter – and we always promote from within, rather than employing senior staff, so the opportunities for career progression are huge. And not just in the UK either, as we have offices around the globe. We’ve also been recognised for our excellence, our growth and our company culture by leading players in the industry and beyond, demonstrated by a growing portfolio of national and global awards.
We’ll leave you with a few comments from James McNulty, one of our Senior Sales Managers, who joined us after university in 2010. We think this really illustrates everything we’ve just been saying!
“I was speaking to recruitment companies about various graduate schemes and they asked if I had looked in to joining recruitment. I saw what it could offer and the rapid career progression and superb earning potential were of great appeal.
The financial rewards here are excellent, I have been fortunate enough to pay off my student loan within three years of completing university and have also bought two properties that I rent out. I also enjoy the social aspect of the job; it’s a real ‘work hard play hard’ environment. There will always be a group of consultants going to the pub after work and there is always a team night out to look forward to!”
If you like the sound of this, and all that a career in recruitment has to offer, apply to join us by emailing your CV to our talent acquisition team - firstname.lastname@example.org.
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