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The recruitment industry is often depicted as being an exciting vocational specialism that blends people skills with sales acumen in one HR-centric profession.

Charged with attracting and sourcing the right candidates for the roles available, relationship building is key, both internally and externally, while understanding the needs of both client and candidate is paramount.

With social interactions and travel a key part of the role, it’s no surprise that jobs in recruitment can be highly sought-after. However, while that may be the dream ticket to some, to others, it may also seem a little daunting.

For those considering a career in recruitment, this blog aims to help paint a bigger picture, providing additional details and a peek behind the curtain at what life is like working in recruitment.

 

Working in Recruitment: Pros and Cons

It’s fair to say that recruitment is a fast-paced industry that covers a lot of ground. To help you gain a well-rounded view of the profession and work out if it’s the right career for you, we’ve outlined some of the pros and cons below.

 

Benefits of Working in Recruitment

The recruitment industry can be a hugely rewarding endeavour, boasting a myriad of perks, incentives and upsides. Here are a few great reasons to consider pursuing a career in recruitment.

 

No Strict Entry Requirements

Unlike an academic profession, you don’t need any specific qualification to pursue a career in the recruitment industry.

While a degree or relevant experience may be advantageous, recruitment jobs don’t involve any formal prerequisites, providing an attractive proposition for a variety of backgrounds.

The non-discriminatory aspect of a recruitment career means it can be just as suitable for a school-leaver as it is a veteran worker looking for a career change.

Provided you boast the necessary sales ability and people skills, along with a healthy drive and ambition for the task at hand, a degree can be completely irrelevant and largely unnecessary.

 

Great Salaries and Scope for Progression

For many candidates, career progression is an important part of working life and developmental prospects can be the difference between taking a role and going elsewhere.

The opportunity to progress professionally is one of the key USPs of recruitment. If you put the work in, you could advance up the ladder in no time.

With that progression naturally comes financial incentive and higher salaries. While this can vary from one agency to the next, the financial rewards can be great.

Trainees typically start at £15-20k, while consultants commonly earn between £22 and 28k/annum. As you progress up the food chain, senior positions and management roles can habitually break the £40k barrier.

Meanwhile, many roles will also offer commission-based salaries with OTE (on-target earnings) in excess of their baseline salary, providing the incentive to work hard and achieve for virtually limitless earning potential.

Additionally, other perks – such as a company car, phone or laptop – can often come included as you advance to more senior roles, while company training and healthy pension schemes are also commonplace.

 

Excitement and Variety

A key selling point of recruitment as an attractive profession has long been its status as an exciting field. A lot of this excitement can be attributed to the variety involved in a typical working day.

From sourcing candidates and arranging interviews through to continued communication and negotiating offers of employment, recruitment can rarely be described as monotonous.

The travel opportunities that come with the job also be very attractive. Trips abroad, high-end lunches and team socials aren’t unusual occurrences in the recruitment industry.

Meanwhile, even client visitations can present a natural way of keeping the working environment fresh and stimulating, providing a welcome change of scenery from the office setting.

Additionally, a career in recruitment can also be extremely rewarding and fulfilling. While the work can be challenging at times, delivering potentially life-changing, positive news to a candidate can be a natural mood-booster.

 

Negatives of Working in Recruitment

Like any industry, recruitment isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. Naturally, there are going to be professional challenges in any vocation and a job in recruitment is no different.

The daily challenges, while rewarding, can also be challenging and necessitate long hours in pursuit of achieving a positive end result. Meanwhile, roles that rely heavily on commission and performance-based incentives can also bring with them a high degree of stress, particularly for workers unfamiliar with high-pressure working environment.

Meanwhile, the positive aspect of social interaction can also just as quickly take a negative turn when it comes to delivering bad news; for example, informing a candidate that they have been unsuccessful following an interview.

 

"Should I Work in Recruitment?"

When it comes to determining if recruitment is the right industry for you, a lot of it can depend on the individual and their personality. A role in recruitment can be the perfect career for one person, while it may be totally the wrong path for someone else.

For example, introverts that enjoy a set routine and a rigidly structured approach to the working day may not translate as well to a recruitment role as a socialite with the gift of the gab who thrives on a varied, fast-paced environment.

Luckily, recruitment is also an industry that is very much sink or swim. Whether you take to it like a duck to water or flounder unceremoniously, it won’t take you long to find out if it’s the right sector for you.

That being said, the benefits can far outweigh the drawbacks for the right candidate and the risk can be well worth the reward. As such, a “no guts, no glory” mentality could pay off big time, while the alternative could leave you forever wondering “what could have been”.

 

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Life in the 21st century is very much a world of instant gratification, from online shopping to on-demand TV. If you want something, it's never been easier or quicker to get it post-haste.

However, one thing that is very much immune from such immediacy is careers and achieving your professional goals is a habitually lengthy process.

Worse still, simply being good at your job won't always translate to upward momentum and your professional fate is often frustratingly out of your own hands.

In order to go from the outhouse to the penthouse, you'll need to be patient and bide your time, navigating through the murky waters of office politics along the way.

Here are a few helpful tips to help you secure that promotion without selling your soul.

 

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Asking for a Promotion

When it comes to asking for a promotion, simply knowing how to ask for a promotion can make a huge difference. It's a lot more complex than simply putting in a request and getting the thumbs up.

Self-evaluation is a key part of the process. Gaining an honest assessment of your own skills will help you to gauge what you're realistically capable of, as well as what you feel you deserve.

Timing is often a pivotal factor too and simply catching your boss at the right time can play into your favour massively. Similarly, asking for a promotion during a downswing in business is also an unwise move.

 

"How Do I Get Promoted?"

While the phrase "you don't ask, you don't get" is often applicable in life, in the workplace, simply asking for a promotion isn't always the best course of action.

Preparation is the best provision for opportunity and will stand you in good stead when it comes to demonstrating just why you deserve a bump up the pecking order.

Put the groundwork in beforehand by following these five steps to success and make your dreams of promotion a realistic, achievable goal.

 

Go Above and Beyond

As cliché as it may sound, going the extra mile can go a long way (considerably further than the aforementioned mile), particularly if that additional effort involves working at a level above your pay grade.

The best way to prove you're the right person for a role is to audition for it first. If you're already doing the duties of the role you want, it'll make it a whole lot easier to plead your case when the opportunity arises.

While this could backfire and lead to management letting you continue to perform at a higher level for less pay, any company worth their salt will recognise your worth and channel that potential accordingly.

 

Take Action

Assertiveness shows confidence and, as the old saying goes, it's better to ask for forgiveness than permission. If you see an opportunity to better the company, don't be afraid to grab that opportunity with both hands, even if it falls outside your remit.

While it can sometimes be a bit of a gamble, it's always worth weighing up the risk/reward ratio. Actions speak louder than words and a keen eye for opportunity, along with the hunger to act on it, is a valuable asset to any manager.

For example, if you work in a gym tasked with manning the front desk, it's highly unlikely that the manager would reprimand you for securing an annual membership from a new arrival.

 

Make a Difference

When you talk about ammunition for a promotion, validation doesn't come any stronger than cold hard facts.

If your contributions have a direct effect on the organisation as a whole, there's no denying the impact your presence has had on the company. Take note of any stats that reflect your performance, such as revenue or conversions.

Similarly, making yourself an invaluable member of your team can also make you a indispensable commodity in your immediate working environment and, more importantly, to your manager.

Don't be shy when it comes to helping your colleagues and those around you to help establish yourself as a critical cog in the working machine.

 

Dress to Impress

You've probably heard the old adage "dress for the job you want, not the one you have". While it might not be as applicable if you dream of becoming a pro wrestler or a rock star, it can work wonders when it comes to getting a promotion.

Take a look at what your boss is wearing… and what their boss is wearing… and what their boss's boss is wearing. If they are suited and booted and decked out in shirts and ties, an un-ironed polo and jean shorts probably won't get you a seat at the head table.

Think smart, dress smarter and look the part to get the part. Looking sharp will also get you noticed and help you stand out from the crowd, which brings us nicely to our next point…

 

Break Away from the Pack

If you want your superiors to see you as someone special and, more importantly, someone with a higher purpose, you'll need to stand out from the crowd.

Make yourself known to those that make the decisions, whether that's via a personal introduction or a more cerebral approach.

Get involved with projects and make an effort when it comes to social occasions and team exercises. An outgoing approach will help raise your profile and prove to management that you're more than just a nameless face at the coffee machine.

 

Earn It the Right Way

In your pursuit of that elusive promotion, never lose sight of the golden rule: nobody likes a brown-noser.

While playing the game is often a necessary part of the process, doing so at the expense of your teammates to get ahead is highly unethical, not to mention unpopular and inflammatory.

What's more, it won't win you any friends and can make your working life somewhat miserable. After all, a promotion can lose its appeal if your team universally dislikes you.

Follow the steps above to gain your promotion the right way – on the basis of your worth, not your ability to suck up and laugh at unfunny jokes.

 

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2019 HRS Networking Event Q&A

Last night - the 23rd of October, 2019 - we held our annual HRS Networking Event at the Royal Society of Chemistry in Burlington House, London. As in previous years, the event was a great success, with many industry scientists in attendance and some fantastic speeches from a variety of influential figures.

The date for this event wasn't chosen idly: 23rd October 2019 was also Hyper Recruitment Solutions' 7th anniversary, and it was wonderful to spend the evening in the same room where Ricky Martin and Lord Sugar officially launched the company 7 years ago to the day.

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Pictured above: Ricky Martin and Lord Sugar launch HRS on 23rd October 2012.

 

Who spoke at last night's networking event?

HRS Networking Event - Guest Speakers

Our guest speakers were:

 

Ian Birch, Quality Director and Consultant QP

  • Focus: Quality Assurance

 

Dr Sharon Brownlow, Head of Collaborations at Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

  • Focus: Cell and Gene Therapy

 

Elizabeth Madichie, TOPRA Board Director and Global Regulatory Affairs Consultant

  • Focus: Regulatory Affairs

 

Dr Tony Jones, CEO of One Nucleus

  • Focus: Life Sciences

 

All speeches were very well received, and the ensuing Q&A segment bore some interesting questions and sparked lively debate. The topic for this event was 2020 Considerations for Pharma / Biotech - here are some of the key takeaways from the evening's discussion:

  • A common thread concerned how technology is evolving at a rate we've never seen before. All of the functions within a successful pharma / biotech organisation need to adapt their approaches to data, automation and machine learning.

  • Overlaying the message about the future of tech in pharma / biotech, another clear theme was how to attract and retain talent in this sector.

  • HRS founder Ricky Martin closed the above conversation with a clear message to the room: that every person within a business should be clear on their 'why'. Why do they work there? If this question can be answered, it well help organisations to support existing talent and identify why new talent should want to be there too.

HRS donated £10 to the Alzheimer's Society on behalf of each and every delegate in attendance - the Alzheimer's Society is one of our dedicated charities, and it's especially close to the heart of our Managing Director Ricky Martin.

As ever, we went all out with the decor and refreshments at this event - we even had a whole periodic table of colourful chemistry-themed cupcakes!

Periodic table cupcakes and HRS balloon

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Switching jobs can be an exciting prospect, full of potential, opportunity and financial reward; however, it can also be a stressful proposition.

Change can be scary and venturing out of your comfort zone can be daunting. Fear of the unknown is a natural anxiety for many, making the offer of a new job a tricky decision.

To help you through the misty landscape of professional uncertainty, here are our top five tips for handling potential job opportunities.

 

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“How Do I Know If I Should Accept a Job Offer?”

If you’ve been in the same company or a similar role for an extended period of time, your daily routine can become just that – routine.

Shaking up your working regime with a new role can be just the impetus needed to reignite the spark in your professional life. On the other hand, accepting a new role without forethought can be a regrettable decision.

Ensure your career trajectory remains in a positive direction by considering these key points before you make a decision.

 

Why Did You Apply?

First things first, getting well-acquainted with your motivations is extremely important in evaluating whether or not you should accept a job offer.

If you applied for the job, ask yourself “Why did I apply for the role?” Simply revisiting your reasons for throwing your name into the hat can help you to rediscover just why you wanted the job in the first place and/or why you wanted to leave your current role.

If you applied for the position because you really wanted the job and everything that comes with it, take it as a green light to move forward. You invited opportunity to your front door and it’s knocking with zeal!

Conversely, if you were head-hunted or you put your name forward for reasons other than your own, it may be worth mulling over. Entering a new job with reluctance is not a great way to start.

 

Quality of Life

One of the biggest factors that affect our daily lives in the 21st century is the balance between work and homelife. If one outweighs the other, it can cause upset and make one or both sides of that equation extremely taxing.

Money doesn’t buy happiness but it can make life easier and a lot more enjoyable. That being said, if there’s no time to reap the rewards of your hard work, what good is money anyway?

While living to work may be ideal for some, most of us prefer to work to live. If your new role presents a better quality of life for your circumstances, be it financially or in terms of time management, it could be a smarter choice than staying put.

 

Revisit the Man in the Mirror

Self-doubt and insecurity are common feelings to have when faced with a potential new role. After all, it’s unknown territory – who knows what they will expect from you, right?

“Am I the right person?”; “Do I have what it takes?”; “Can I get the job done?”; are all perfectly natural questions, but it’s important to remember one key fact: they chose YOU above everyone else for this role.

Your potential new employer believes you fit the bill, so why dispute it? Go back to the original job ad and re-read the person specification for peace of mind. If you tick all the boxes, consider your reservations cancelled.

               

Fake It ‘Til You Make It

Richard Branson famously once quipped: “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later.”

If this is the job you’ve always wanted or the opportunity of a lifetime, letting it pass you by out of self-doubt can be an irreversible mistake you may come to regret for the rest of your life.

It’s long been said that fortune favours the brave, so be bold enough to step up and be prepared to grow into the role, if necessary. Remember, fear is temporary – regret is eternal.

 

Stuck in a Rut

If you’ve been in the same company or a similar role for an extended period of time, your daily routine can become just that – routine.

Clocking in for the sole purpose of clocking out can be soul destroying, yet many of us are happy to do so for the simple fact of familiarity. Better the devil you know…

However, a trip outside your comfort zone can be just the ticket to reignite your professional passion and reinvigorate your working life.

Best of all, a change of scenery can do wonders for your mental health, providing new goals, new experiences and new challenges to keep you emotionally invested in your career.

 

For more advice on job applications and life in the working world, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0203 225 5120 or get in touch online using the button below.

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While conventional methods of job application are the widely accepted norm for job hunters nationwide, neglecting the alternatives could be hindering your job search dramatically.

Outside of the standard application route, there are myriad of unconventional ways to find a job, ranging from the weird and wonderful to the risky and daring.

Straddling that dark horse somewhere in the middle, we’ve created this unique list of creative ways to find a job to help you stand out from the crowd.

 

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Creative Ways to Get a Job

When it comes to the bland world of job applications, variety is very much the spice of life. So, brush those of bland CVs, dull cover letters and generic applications aside and take heed of these quirky and unconventional ways to find a job.

 

Start Over

One of the best ways to ensure your new CV and cover letter are as relevant and up-to-date as possible is to rip up your old version and start over.

While your professional history may not have changed since you last applied for a job, employment trends likely have, including layout and look as well as content.

As the old saying goes, you can’t move forward while your looking back, so let go of the pre-existing resume and march on with the new and improved version of you.

 

Be Creative

Speaking of cover letters, put yourself in the shoes of the employer when it comes to penning your application.

Reams of candidates listing their professional experiences in dry, matter of fact, business-speak is enough to put a glass eye to sleep. While it’s important to include key achievements, there’s no law preventing you from injecting a bit of life into your writing.

If you’re claiming to be an “outside-the-box thinker”, throw an anecdote or a witty quip in there to prove it. Originality is engaging and memorable, two attributes that could well secure you a place at interview.

 

Go Old-School

The world has never been as digitally-focused as it is today, with more focus on online activity than ever before.

For many businesses, the hiring process takes place exclusively online, whether it’s through recruitment sites, email or online application forms. What better way to stand out than to take the road less travelled?

A printed CV accompanied by a hand-written cover letter is the perfect way to break away from the pack, stand up and be counted. Simply post your hard copy application to the relevant person/department.

 

Show Personality

Much like creative engagement in a cover letter is a great way of allowing your personality to shine through a piece of A4, showing that same personality at interview can be the difference between a fleeting farewell and a hiring handshake.

By the time you reach the interview stage, the talent pool will have been whittled down from the many to the few with little separating the field of competition in terms of skills.

A sure-fire way to distinguish yourself from Candidate A, B and C is to drop the interview façade and be yourself. After all, if you are successful, it’s only a matter of time before they find out the real you anyway.

Likeable, funny and genuine candidates that pass the personality test are far more likely to be deemed a good fit for the team than an uptight and reserved applicant who plays the cards close to the chest.

 

For more unconventional ways to find a job, why not call HRS today and speak with one of our trained advisors? Call now on 0203 225 5120 or alternatively get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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