In the current state of affairs, the Government and the Industry are willing to spend millions of dollars to upskill graduates, present them with an abundance of opportunities and bring them into the workforce. At this juncture, I often think about what kind of recommendations I can make to young graduates who seek my advice. Though careers in IT, ITeS, BFSI and Retail business are high on my agenda, there is one career choice that stays close to my heart. Yes, I am talking about a career that can even withstand the worst of the recession or economic downturn: Recruitment.
I first ventured into recruitment as a novice without any prior experience or relevant educational qualifications in HR. Soon, I realized that I was laying a strong foundation for a successful career. I still consider my stint as a Recruiter to be the most valuable and life-changing experience. It was challenging, rewarding and most of all – fun. It is also the industry that gave birth to my first entrepreneurial venture, Work Protocols. Recruitment is a fantastic industry filled with some of the brightest people I have ever met. It is no wonder I still dedicate so much of my time tracking trends in the Recruitment Industry.
So why should you choose a career in recruitment? What makes it a fitting recommendation?
It is a Career, not just a Job
Working in recruitment requires a highly defined skill set and it isn’t a career everyone excels at. A common misconception is that recruitment is a basic sales job that attracts those with ‘the gift of the gab’ and not much else. This is never the case for top billers. Recruitment is a part of every business’ operations making it a highly valued job, so do not underestimate the high levels of esteem it can be held in.
Broad business knowledge
I learned an enormous amount about different organisations, different industries, different work cultures, different organizational structures, different remuneration packaging, and different recruitment practices.
Dealing with an IT Services Organization one minute, a large bank in the next hour, a not-for-profit after lunch and a Retail company later in the day. What other job provides such a rich array of intimate insights into the business world?
Financially rewarding Career
Recruitment can be extremely financially rewarding if done properly. If you follow the right process then you will make placements and you will receive the monetary benefits. For many of you, this is the most appealing.
An understanding of human behaviour in the real world In other industries, most graduates are put into some sort of ‘entry-level graduate training program’, which gives them a range of carefully monitored experiences to build their confidence and competence. Sometimes you don’t even get a chance to interact with a client in the first year of employment!
In Recruitment, graduates are lucky if they get to pass off time on their first day without some form of exposure to Clients (both Job Seeker and Employers).
Acquire better Communication Skills
Recruitment requires you to interact with people every day. The depth of interaction has developed over the years. With the emergence of email, social media and mobile the depth of communication you can have with these people is almost infinite.
An opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of many, many people I once received a call from one of my Candidate’s Mother, thanking me for getting her Son a job he deserved and how this would help their family. That was a re-assuring moment for me. I thanked the almighty for providing me with an opportunity to be a change agent and change the lives of many, many people.
After personal relationships, a person’s job/career is typically the next most important thing in the world so when you have an opportunity to positively impact this area of life for people, it can be profoundly fulfilling.
Opportunity to Stay at the Top of Your Game
Recruitment is competitive. Even if that competitiveness is not in the workplace it will be apparent with other recruitment businesses. The recruitment industry is a saturated market in India and being such a service-led and people-based business, you will find that it is a matter of your personality and character that distinguishes your company from the rest.
Other industries may have more high-profile graduate positions but nothing beats the recruitment industry for an opportunity to fast track your career – earn what you are really worth and experience raw emotion in all its forms! Why would you make any other choice?