How to Build a Career in Recruitment

Luke Percival

One of the big benefits of a career in recruitment is that your progression and development are transparent and straightforward. What does this mean? Whilst in other industries (or recruitment agencies), you might need to wait for a vacancy, relocation or even change companies to be promoted, this is not the case at Whitehall – we have a structured progression plan that helps you grow and achieve promotions as you hit your individual targets, rather than depending on a company organisation chart. That’s not to say it’s easy, but there are various metrics that can track and monitor your performance as well as different career paths to match your career goals and aspirations.

How do you build a career in recruitment?

Your journey at Whitehall starts with Boot Camp – a learning period where you will be introduced to the basics of recruitment, our industry and the company. This is carried out by our in-house Learning and Development team – a function of our business that you will be in touch with throughout your career here. During the first six months, you’ll learn about our markets, technologies, our candidates and clients, sales processes, negotiation, leadership and more, mentored by the L&D team and with day-to-day support from your teammates and manager.

Over the following six months, you’ll create your own network and use existing relationships we’ve built up over ten years, and you’ll start to see the results of building relationships with candidates and clients. After 12 months, it will be all about your input, resilience and determination to perfect your skills and gain new clients – it’s never easy, but it’s very rewarding when it all comes together.

We also provide you with a strong support system through our Administration, Finance, IT, Marketing, Legal and HR teams. All we need from you is the drive to succeed!

What are the career paths in recruitment?

If you have no previous experience in the industry, you will start your journey as a Recruitment Consultant, and as you develop, you’ll become a Senior Recruitment Consultant. From here, the career path splits into two: You can continue growing as a recruitment consultant through to Senior, Principal, and finally Managing Consultant, or you’ll be able to choose to work towards becoming a Team Leader, a role in which you will build, support and mentor your very own team to then progress on to Manager as your team grows and is successful.

Consultants who go down the management route attend higher levels of L&D’s leadership training, where they’ll work with you based on your strengths and opportunities for improvement.

How long will it take before I am promoted?

There isn’t a set time for promotion; it depends entirely on the individual – you will be required to hit billing targets and show a track record of various competencies. Promotions are transparent, and you work towards them with the assistance of your team leaders and managers. The benefit of this promotion structure is that if you put the effort in, you can reach senior positions quicker than you would in other industries such as finance, business management, retail or hospitality.


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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