If you’ve ever found yourself in the unemployment pile, or if you’ve ever heard of a friend (or even a friend of a friend) earning much more money than you currently earn, you may have considered a career change and a new start in recruitment. The recruitment game can’t be that hard, you’ve probably told yourself. All you need to do is take a few calls and match a few people to a few jobs. Headhunting staff to recruit is shooting really big fish in a teeny tiny barrel. Queue the Ferrari and brand-new house with more rooms than a hotel. Right? Well, maybe. If you’ve got what it takes, the sky really is the limit.
There’s probably one thing holding you back. Experience. Just like most things in life, experience is the difference between “welcome aboard” and “we’ll keep your details on file”. From mowing a lawn to baking a cake and knowing which bears can’t climb trees (and which ones will shoot up there right after you), experience is the key to your preferred outcome. Let’s look at how to become a recruiter for beginners.
What’s in Your Locker?
First thing’s first. Transferable skills from previous roles are a great place to start. Worked in a kitchen? You probably had a pretty tight schedule. That’ll cover things like time management and target driven performance. Worked in marketing? That could cover desirable personality traits such as having an analytical mind and being able to spot opportunity. Whichever agency you approach, you will need to highlight your transferable skills.
Learn From The Best For Free
Sports people can simply watch and emulate their favourite sports stars. Artists and musicians can take inspiration from the biggest names in their genre. And recruiters? Recruiters turn to social media and look at what everyone else is doing. From posts directly related to advertising a position that will show you the layout and tone of a professional angle, to taking advantage of the endlessly streamed blog updates explaining how the industry is evolving, you can immerse yourself in the culture of the recruitment biz.
Learn how to create a competitive social media profile, build a network of relevant contacts in your chosen specialist industry, and always ask questions (granted, not everyone will reply, but if you are humble and explain what you loved about a particular post, asking for clarity or extra recruiter industry tidbits usually goes well.