I’ve run a recruitment agency for a decade and interviewed many consultants over that time.
A question I regularly ask is: “so how did you get into recruitment?” Unfortunately, this is commonly met by an even more common response: “I just fell into it.”
I want to point out that I see nothing wrong with starting your career in the recruitment industry without meaning to. Nor do I think it reflects your capability or contribution to our industry.
I have met some amazing consultants who ended up joining an agency after interviewing with them as a candidate, or were in between jobs and were encouraged to try recruitment by a friend working in the industry.
My concern with this comment about “falling into it” is the impression within our industry that all (or at least the vast majority) of consultants unintentionally found their way in a career in recruitment.
Intentionally, or unintentionally, it infers that anyone can be a recruitment consultant and it is often a second choice.
However, I would argue we need to change our language and the associated perception it gives of those working in our industry.
WE NEED FRESH TALENT
Our industry is facing a talent shortage. In December 2017, a report by online recruitment platform Indeed listed Recruitment Consultant as the 17th hardest job to fill in Australia.
The Australian Department of Home Affairs has made it even more challenging to attract and engage international talent by removing our occupation from the Strategic Skills Occupation List meaning recruitment consultants can no longer work i