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8 reasons to work in recruitment

If you’re considering a role in recruitment, or you’re just finding out about the career potential it offers, you may have already recognised some of the attributes that attract so many to the industry. There are plenty of reasons to step into recruitment, but we’ve tried to cut the list down and focus on the stand-out factors.

1. Low entry levels

A university degree and x years’ experience are frequently seen as requirements for entry to high-earning industries, frustrating many job seekers in the UK. Recruitment is one of the few industries without these boundaries and can still boast high earning potential. Recruitment agencies are on the lookout for people who are passionate about the opportunity and are able to express a clear motivation to be successful in a challenging industry. Ultimately, they hire people they believe can be successful.

2. It’s more than sales

Many people have told me that they think recruitment is just another sales job; they couldn’t be more off the mark. The majority of agencies have a range of teams, each complementing different skills and attributes. For example, a candidate who would be interested in a Client Services role would need to be good at negotiating, confident in face-to-face meetings with high-profile clients and candidates, as well as happy to travel across the UK. In contrast, our Team Leader roles require strong coaching skills and the ability to lead a team to achieve their personal and team targets. There are many skills needed to be successful in recruitment, sales being just one of them. Whether you enjoy being able to match a candidate to their dream job or supporting big brands in the growth of their talent, there are roles to suit most personalities.

3. Proven progression

In a target-driven environment, your performance doesn’t go unnoticed. Personal KPIs (Key Performance Indicators, sales targets, phone times etc.) are great as they give you the opportunity to be recognised for what you do. Consultants who consistently deliver and are able to show the competencies of a leader will soon find development opportunities. This is apparent when understanding the number of recruitment managers who began their careers as consultants.

4. Influence your income

You could argue that all careers offer the opportunity to influence your income, but there are not many where you can see fast results. Outside of recruitment, most workers will only see a pay rise when they earn a promotion. This is because recruiters start earning a commission as soon as they start placing candidates, seeing immediate benefits to their bank balance.

5. Incentives

A good recruitment agency will have have a range of incentives that they use to reward high performing teams and consultants. These can range from bottles of bubbly to trips abroad, so it’s certainly worth taking a look at what the agency you’re looking to work for has on offer. The incentives don’t just help you to stay motivated to meet targets, the rewards are often social activities and events, helping you to get to know your colleagues better.

6. International experience

Consultants need to have a relationship with the clients and candidates beyond phone calls and emails. International consultants find themselves travelling overseas to pitch to clients or meet with candidates. Multinational agencies may offer opportunities for secondment or even more long-term placements by transferring branches.

7. Work with the best

A great recruiter will have great relationships with key stakeholders in leading organisations. As businesses frequently need to outsource their needs, especially in specialist roles, it gives you the opportunity to be the go-to guy/girl to source the perfect candidate.

8. Commission

There’s a trend in recruitment, higher base salary / low commission vs low base salary / high commission. Finding the right role will depend on your personal goals. Here are a few key things to consider..

9. Average salary, low commission.

  • Higher entry requirements
  • Stable income
  • Less self-pressure to achieve basic targets
  • Lower overall earning potential

10. Low basic salary, high commission

  • Uncapped earning potential
  • Significant increases in your take-home salary
  • Income is not determined by seniority

In a low basic, high commission environment, an entry-level recruitment consultant can earn more than their manager through their commission alone. You, of course, need to have a high level of ability to reach these high earning figures, but it is possible. Hard work, a passion for the role and the determination and commitment to succeed will be essential for anyone with the ambition to be in the higher-earning tier. The downside is the basic salary itself, but if you learn quickly and can handle the lower income in the early days, the rewards, later on, will be significant.

Average basic and low commission supports a consultant early in their career when they may need to gain the necessary skills to earn commission through placements consistently. Conversely, an experienced recruiter with high ability may question the rewards they receive when consistently adding value to the business, missing out on higher percentages of commission and finding themselves reaching their cap.

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After working at Whitehall for a number of years now, I look back and wonder why I didn’t get into recruitment sooner. The company values, team spirit and the atmosphere is what makes Whitehall the place to be. On top of that, the commission structure, company rewards and career progression are second to none and I am excited for what my future holds and the goals I can reach.

Nicola Saxham - Senior Consultant – International (DACH) team

Since I started working at Whitehall, I am the happiest I have ever been in my career. The company really do look after you and I enjoy coming into work every day. The operations team always get included in all the incentive schemes, so no one is ever left out. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for me here at Whitehall.

Keeley Bell – Operations Coordinator

I have worked at Whitehall for a long time now and it has been a pleasure to be part of the company’s continued growth. It is an exceptional place to work, with a family orientated mentality, and you are rewarded for working hard and being dedicated. I have loved my time here so far and look forward to progressing further.

Jason Wood – Credit Control Supervisor

Whitehall has really helped me curate my career into one I can be proud of – starting as an admin assistant,  I was promoted to the Facilities & Senior Administrator after just 18 months! Just recently, I was part of a project to help the company become Carbon Neutral, which is the best news!! The camaraderie of the whole team is wonderful, and I would thoroughly recommend Whitehall to anyone who is looking to kickstart their career into something amazing!

Abbie Elwood – Facilities & Senior Administrator

I joined the company as an entry-level consultant in the newly formed Key Accounts team back in 2010. Throughout those years I have progressed within the company and have had multiple promotions along the way and have never once looked back. At the moment, I’m looking to continue the growth of my team by adding to the current headcount and in supporting their development to help them to achieve their aspirations.

Adam Edgell – Associate Director – Key Accounts Delivery

The environment here is second to none, I am constantly learning and improving thanks to those around me and from the support of my managers. This is a company that rewards hard work and gives you all the tools you need to develop and succeed. I would recommend Whitehall to anyone, from those looking to start their journey into recruitment to those who already have a number of years’ experience as you will be joining a close-knit team and have the opportunity to thrive and work with some of the best in the industry.

Nathan Joseph – Principal Consultant – UK Permanent – ERP & IT Client Development

Since joining Whitehall Resources, they have given me the opportunity to grow and develop from a trainee position. Whitehall Resources is the ideal company if you are looking for career progression.

Kirsty Small – Contracts Administrator

I joined Whitehall with no experience in recruitment or IT and I could barely use a computer myself. Since joining, I have built a career and a joined a family here. I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity I have been given and the guidance I have received from my managers and colleagues (friends). With hard work and a bit of tenacity, Whitehall can give you the chance to change your life for the better.

Jacob Lee – Executive Consultant – UK SAP Contracts

I joined Whitehall Resources with zero recruitment experience and a background in pharmaceuticals. Fast forward six years I have been promoted on multiple occasions and can vouch first hand that Whitehall Resources is a great place for career progression whilst having lots of fun along the way. On top of the career available you get to win lots of incentives including holidays abroad and overall, it is a great place to work.

Georgia Pike - Executive CSM - CSM

After joining Whitehall, I have really found myself within recruitment and even achieved rookie of the year! I am continuously learning and growing. I am looking forward to challenging myself in the future and seeing what I can achieve here at Whitehall.

Hannah Pile – Consultant – UK SAP Perm

I joined Whitehall in late 2015 as IT Support Engineer and have now progressed to Team Lead. Whitehall is a fantastic place to work, where hard work and a strong work ethic is rewarded in both Sales and Operations alike.

Dan Appleby – IT Team Lead