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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 social care market can help you quickly find your feet as a Caritas recruitment consultant; after all, both candidates and clients will rely on your understanding of their world to make the perfect matches. However, we don’t expect you to be an expert from day one. As long as you have an interest and are willingness to understand our world you can absolutely excel with us and build your knowledge as you go.

You need a take charge attitude

While Caritas offers all our consultants career support through our training programme, 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 be free to build and nurture 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.