Wow, how the tables have turned over the past year. The hiring market is quite literally booming, with the number of jobs increasing by nine per cent year-on-year according to statistics from the second quarter of the 2014 totaljobs.com Barometer.
The report which analyses the behaviour of 5.9 million British jobseekers and 5,000 recruiters shows a major surge in opportunities in transport and logistics, customer service, administration and graduate/trainee roles.
In addition to this surge in job creation, the recruitment industry has seen a dramatic drop in available and qualified permanent candidates. The ‘REC/KPMG Report on Jobs’ published on the 8th July shows the largest contraction of both permanent and temporary staff since the survey began in 1997.
Vacancies are on the up and the availability of candidates is plummeting leading to employers increasingly looking to recruitment firms to help them. In my opinion, there’s never been a better time to be a recruiter, but are you with the right firm to make the most of it?
Whilst most recruiters are well and truly on the ball when it comes to understanding the opportunities within their candidate's specialist areas, it does seem that some recruiters are selling themselves short. When you're focused on your candidate’s careers and earning that next chunk of commission, it's easy to forget about your own career. Too many recruiters are simply unaware of all the amazing opportunities on offer to take that next step up the career ladder.
When I talk to recruiters I find that even the busiest of recruiters are aware of opportunities within their own company or with their major competitors, but it's pretty difficult (impossible) to keep track of all the other opportunities out there. According to The Recruitment & Employment Confederation there are now 8,000 recruitment companies in the UK. The question you need to ask yourself is; could one of them be holding the opportunity that you've been waiting for?
From experience, I’ve found that there are 3 distinct groups amongst recruiters that should be considering a career move. If you find yourself in one of these groups, maybe now is the perfect time to start mulling over your options.
The recruiter with 2-3 years’ experience
If you’ve been working as a recruiter for 2-3 years, you’ve now built up the experience to take it to the next level. Recruitment firms are looking to expand and they need high quality candidates that can hit the ground running. If you’ve been smashing your targets but feel that you aren’t commanding the pay packet or lifestlye that you deserve, now is the time to manage your own career. You don’t want to end up in your 40’s regretting that you didn’t make the right decisions early on in your career!
The high street recruiter
Being a high street recruiter can be tough. It’s fast paced, high volume work, without the benefit of being as highly paid as niche or executive level recruiting. The bonus is that your experience of dealing with employers, making the hard sell and giving your candidates the tools they need to bag the job will put you in good stead for stepping up a level. Now could be the time to make a change, are you ready?
The senior manager
A good senior manager within recruitment can be the glue that holds it all together. Masters of strategy, with the ability to motivate hoards of recruiters without breaking a sweat, your skills are in hot demand. It’s easy to stay in your comfort zone, with a company you know but there could be opportunities out there that are more exciting and better paid. The industry is changing and with the right skills you too could be riding high on the crest of the wave.
If you would appreciate the chance to have a confidential chat about your options, do give us a call on 0208 123 8292 or email [email protected]
About the Author
Drum Recruitment is a friendly Rec2Rec business, recruiting for the recruitment profession in the UK and Australia. For more recruiting insights, follow us on @drumrecruit
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