Think all recruitment sectors are the same?

By GSR2R Admin | 10th December 2020

Thinking about changing recruitment sectors?

Do you think all recruitment is the same?

Think again

Did you know the role of a Recruitment Consultant can differ widely from sector to sector?  As we discussed in an earlier blog there can be a wide variety of reasons why a Recruitment Consultant may want to change sector.  When looking for a new Recruitment Consultant vacancy, it’s a mistake to think you can apply your existing skills to that same vacancy, especially if it means a move into a new sector for you.    When you change sector and have to deal with different clients and a different candidate base, your own skillset may have to change too.

So if you are thinking of applying to a recruitment vacancy in a different sector, it’s important you understand that not all sectors recruit in the same way.  HR recruitment is different to Technology recruitment for example.   You will really have to do your homework and ask detailed questions at interview stage about how that market works and what skills you will need to have to be a successful recruitment consultant.

To give you an example we have highlighted 4 sample sectors and the skills needed for each…

HR recruitment

This is all about relationship building and often your candidates can be your client and vice versa.  You would need to have great communication skills and be able to build a rapport with your client/candidate, get to know them as people and take an interest in who they are outside of work.  It’s not just about do they have the right qualification for the job and personality fit can be key.   Even when filling a contract/interim role the process can often mirror a permanent process with candidates having more than one interview to secure the role.

Commercial/Secretarial

The recruitment consultant job within Commercial/Secretarial recruitment can be really varied with roles ranging from administration, reception, customer service, team secretary, PA, EA and more.   You could be dealing with temp roles that are just for one day or long term cover where key skills will be important as well as permanent roles where in the longer term, it can be more personality driven.   To build a successful desk you could be dealing with high volumes of candidates, you have to assess their skills and get to know them personality wise too to make sure they will be a good match.   This role requires you to be able to think quickly on your feet and build relationships really quickly.

Medical/Healthcare

The recruitment consultant job in the Medical/Healthcare Sector can be varied. A recruitment agency that works on frameworks will have a high volume of vacancies that are already approved for you to work on. You would need to work quickly and efficiently to fill these vacancies.   They place Locums which could be anything from one shift to long term bookings that can last years’ so the majority of your time in this role would be generating candidates and building strong relationships. You would be expected to personally make the decision on the right candidate and have all the correct compliance checks in place.  It can be admin heavy.

Hospitality

The recruitment consultant job in Hospitality is normally a high volume, fast paced traditional temp desk. You can work with various candidates for emergency cover as well as generating a high volume of candidates for an event you are working on.  This role can also mean evening and weekend work as this market is busy 24/7.  Having good organisation skills and being able to deal with a high volume of calls is needed in this sector.

I’d like this article to highlight to you that different sectors in recruitment need different skills, when thinking about a new role please do think about what you enjoy and what sector fits you best. This way you can enjoy a long stable career with your company.

If you’d like to hear more advice/tips you can contact GSR2R, London’s recruitment to recruitment specialists on 020 3889 1670 or at hello@gsr2r.com

Until next time,

Cheryl

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