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4 things you must know before starting your recruitment career

Working in recruitment can be incredibly rewarding; few feelings come close to landing a candidate a job they’ll love with a client that is keen to invest in their skills. However, recruitment isn’t without its challenges and to reap its rewards you need to know and be excited about what lies ahead.

Make sure you’re comfortable with the sector

Existing knowledge of the infrastructure, power, and rail markets can help you quickly find your feet as a ewi recruitment consultant; after all, both candidates and clients will rely on your understanding of their field to secure results. However, we don’t expect you to be an expert from day one. As long as you have an interest and willingness to understand our world, and are happy to dive in using our clients’ language, you can still excel with us and build your knowledge as you go.

You need a take charge attitude

While ewi offers all our consultants career support through the East West Academy, we also want to give you the freedom to grow, and ultimately how far you go is in your own hands. Recruitment consultants tend to operate independently, and once we’ve shown you the ropes you’ll take charge of building and nurturing your own network of clients and candidates.

To excel, you need to use your initiative and be willing to change lane should a problem arise. A take charge attitude will not only fuel more positive results for your clients and candidates, but will fast track your progression too as promotion here is purely performance based.

Be ready to listen

Recruitment consultants are famous for being five star talkers; however the art of listening is sometimes overlooked by those new to the industry. It’s one thing to be able to sell a candidate or a role, but unless you are really taking note of what a client or candidate is looking for you’ll never secure a perfect match. 

Be open to organising face to face meetings where possible, ask clear questions, and really listen to the answers. Remember to take notes during your conversations too – recounting specific details during future conversations (even those seemingly unrelated to recruitment) will help you build better relationships and make better matches.

Recruitment is marketing

The internet is a goldmine for today’s job applicants; granting access to hundreds of jobs at a time and connecting them directly to employers. As a recruitment consultant you need to prove your worth over this DIY approach to job searching, giving candidates a reason to leave their job search in your capable hands. You’ll need to market your network, the support you can provide in building a CV and prepping for interviews, and the leg work you’ll do to connect them to exclusive opportunities they won’t find anywhere else.