I Want to Work In … A Recruitment Agency
Recruitment agencies are used by large employers who wish to "spread their net" as widely as possible when recruiting graduates or specialists, and by smaller ones which do not have the personnel resources to carry out their own recruitment. Employers expect agencies to put forward candidates with specific qualities or abilities related to the job. This can restrict opportunities for new graduates without significant work experience - some agencies specify six months experience in a relevant field.
The work is a mixture of sales and HR recruitment and selection activities. It is fast moving and well paid and an increasingly popular choice for graduates.
PROFILE: Recruitment Consultant
INVOLVES: Matching job-seekers with employers' vacancies. Assessing candidates' skills & employers' requirements. Liaison with recruiters & potential candidates (either of whom may contact you or be contacted by you initially) & acting as the link between them.
Also see the Occupational Profile of a Recruitment Consultant at www.prospects.ac.uk/links/RecConsult
Agencies which recruit graduates as trainee recruitment consultants.
I applied for the job online using my CV and covering letter, and received a call back out of the blue to discuss my CV and subsequently invite me to a telephone interview.
The telephone interview was mostly about why I wanted the job, what skills and experience I had, standard interview questions. A few weeks later they invited me to an assessment centre which lasted five hours.On the day they firstly introduced the company to us, some of the main aspects of the job and the company's history and values. They then split us into groups of four and gave us 15 minutes to produce a basic business plan for a sandwich shop in London - luckily only basic maths was required and they told us what to include, then asked us questions about our plan at the end of our presentation.
- HAYES www.hays.co.uk/work-at-hays/index.htm
- JOSLIN ROWE. Have been recruiting for the financial services sector for over 23 years. "If you are interested in building a career in a dynamic, fast paced, professional recruitment business" then email your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.joslinrowe.com
- MICHAEL PAGE INTERNATIONAL Recruitment Agency www.michaelpage.co.uk Regularly recruits graduates from any degree discipline as trainee recruitment consultants. Offices throughout the UK and International divisions. Apply online at www.michaelpage.co.uk/gts/apply
Michael Page have produced a DVD on “The Day in The Life of a Recruitment Consultant” - copy available in the Careers Service (ask at reception). The DVD covers the various experiences of working for one of the world’s largest and most successful recruitment consultancies.
- GCS Recruitment Specialists www.gcsltd.com visited Kent University to talk about their recruitment of graduates.
- REED GRADUATES. Graduate recruitment consultancy. Reed Graduate Training Scheme - £18.5k - £23.5k, various locations leading to opportunities in consultancy, marketing, recruitment outsourcing, training, charity management, project management, human resources, accountancy, sales and client relationship management, all backed up by sponsorship for appropriate qualifications such as CIPD, CIMA or MA in Management from Durham. Visit www.reedglobal.com/work-for-us/work-for-us.php and follow links for Graduate Training Scheme.
- Matchtech Group www.matchtechgroupplc.com regularly recruiting for graduates
- Recruitment Careers www.recruitmentcareers.co.uk specialist jobs site providing resources and recruitment jobs including vacancies for first trainee recruitment jobs.
- Careers in Recruitment www.careersinrecruitment.com jobs board
We were randomly given a different CV each and tasked with listening to the brief of a 'client' who wanted us to find him an assistant manager for a department store. We had to ask questions to uncover more details, such as why the job was made available - and then had ten minutes to write our sales pitch on why our candidate was the best person for the job. We were not pitching our candidate against the others, it was as if each of us applicants were a different agency each presenting their best client. We then had to give the pitch in front of the others for 5 or more minutes to persuade the client to give our candidate an interview, and he then asked very demanding, critical questions, which often involved telling us the candidate wasn't good enough and he wasn't interested, although most of us got there in the end!
Web pages which list agencies
- Our Recruitment Agencies page
- Recruitment Agencies for the MEDIA www.kent.ac.uk/careers/sitesmedia.htm#Recruitment
- SCIENTIFIC Recruitment Agencies www.kent.ac.uk/careers/sitephar.htm#ScientificRecAgencies
- ADVERTISING Agencies www.kent.ac.uk/careers/workin/advertising.htm#Recruitment
- EVENTS MANAGEMENT Agencies www.kent.ac.uk/careers/workin/eventsman.htm
- Graduate Directories & sites with Careers Information www.kent.ac.uk/careers/graddirectories.htm
- Agency Central www.agencycentral.co.uk find recruitment agencies by industry, type of job, or county. Lists agencies by type of job at www.agencycentral.co.uk/agencysearch/graduate/skills/skillsearch.htm
- The Recruitment Employers Confederation www.rec.uk.com you can search their site to find a recruitment agency in a specific work area or town
- Recruitment Consultant: job description and activities ww2.prospects.ac.uk/p/types_of_job/recruitment_consultant_job_description.jsp
- A Career in Recruitment www.acareerinrecruitment.co.uk/
- Graduate Jobs in Recruitment www.graduate-jobs.com/gj/uk/gen/graduate_jobs_in_Recruitment.jsp#rol
- Recruitment Consultant Career Guide www.myjobsearch.com/careers/recruitment-consultant.html
Last fully updated 2012