7 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF SECURING A JOB IN RECRUITMENT #3: WORK ON YOUR CONFIDENCE

Be Confident

Without a certain level of confidence there is absolutely no way that you will even get through the door of a recruitment company for interview.  Once in, the up and down, rollercoaster ride of recruitment ensures even the most self-assured individuals, go through a confidence crisis at certain points of their career.

So if you want a recruitment job you should start to work on your confidence now.  Even if you think you are a pretty confident person, levels can ebb or flow depending on situations in your life, so you have to work on yourself.  You need to ensure your confidence comes from within.  Once it does you will be able to muster self belief and resilience, regardless of the challenges you face throughout your life.

To improve your chances of securing a job in recruitment start to work on your confidence straight away.  Here are 3 crucial things you must do and some inspirational videos to show you how;

SHIFT YOUR FOCUS:


STOP NEGATIVE SELF TALK:

STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE:

If you feel you are up for the challenge, we will be sharing our 4th insight into how to increase your chances of getting a recruitment job in our next blog post. You can sign up to receive this directly into your inbox via the box on the right.

For more guidance and advice join our groups on Linkedin and Xing .  We are also offering a limited number of readers the opportunity to receive a free downloadable guide covering all your questions about getting a job and working in recruitment. REGISTER YOUR INTEREST NOW to ensure you don’t miss out.

7 WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING A JOB IN RECRUITMENT #2:

In the first post of  7 ways to increase your chances of getting a job in recruitment we discussed how you should treat your job as a full time job search.  In our second post of the series we advise you to….

GET EXPERIENCE IN SALES

The reality of recruitment is that it’s an extremely tough job, especially in your first year.  Take a look at the following scenario, featuring a typical Trainee Recruitment Consultant.  Let’s call her Betty….

Recruitment is Tough #1

Recruitment is Tough #2

In this situation Betty has two choices, Fight or Flight.  She can either summon up the courage to dig really deep, drawing on the resilience she has already shown to stay motivated and positive, in the belief that she can overcome her many challenges… or she can give up and leave.

The trouble for many recruitment businesses is that many seemingly resilient and fearless people, just like Betty, do choose to do just that.  Considering that good recruitment companies will invest thousands in training and development each new recruit, it becomes clear why they look for indicators that you have got what it takes.

Previous experience of sales is one such indicator. The fact is, there is very little that can prepare you for what lies ahead when you embark on a career inrecruitment…being able to  thrive in a sales environment will prove your motivation and your skills in communication and negotiation.

We are not saying that you can’t get a recruitment job without a sales background.  It’s just that you will need to show compelling evidence that you have sales abilities and have got what it takes to push through the tough times, both on your CV and at interview, to get an offer.

So if you are struggling to get recruitment interviews, set yourself a goal to at least gain some sales skills.  If your current job doesn’t allow this, then apply for a B2B sales role.  Some of these organisations have really tough environments in terms of intensity within your working day.  Brilliant – this will lay the foundations for your future career.

Don’t be afraid, face the challenge, prove you have the guts to get through and that you can sell.   Even better, prove you can be the best  – just 6 months in an environment like this, will massively increase your chances of securing a recruitment job.

If you feel you are up for the challenge, we will be sharing our 3rd insight into how to increase your chances of getting a recruitment job in our next post. You can sign up to receive this directly into your inbox via the box on the right.

For more guidance and advice join our groups on Linkedin and Xing .  We are also offering a limited number of readers the opportunity to receive a free downloadable guide covering all your questions about getting a job and working in recruitment. REGISTER YOUR INTEREST NOW to ensure you don’t miss out.

7 WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF SECURING A RECRUITMENT JOB #1:

Make no mistake, securing a recruitment job is a massive challenge, so it’s no surprise that the first of your Top 10 Questions was “How can I increase my chances of getting a role in recruitment?”  

In our experience there are 7 main ways that you can do this, but they will require persistence, motivation and determination.  Recruitment is not a half-hearted job and your job search cannot be a half-hearted search.  Therefore the first thing you have to do is…

TREAT YOUR JOB SEARCH AS A FULL TIME JOB

It is often said that when you are job hunting you should treat your search like a full-time job.  Nowhere is this more relevant than in recruitment.  A major component of a recruiters job is to match the right people with the right job, so this is an excellent opportunity to start your recruitment career by working for yourself, learning key recruitment skills in the process. Approach it with the same motivation and attitude as you would any other full-time job;

Establish a Routine
Create a normal weekday routine with set times for starting and finishing ‘work’.  Then ensure you set your alarm and get out of bed at a regular time each morning ready to start work on time.  Not only will this put you into a professional mind-set for looking for jobs but it will also prepare you for the demands of getting into an office at a set time every morning.

Plan your day
How many times are we busy but never seem to get anything done?  The key to accomplishment is planning and it is one of the most crucial skills a recruiter needs to be successful.  Set aside some time in the morning and in the evening to assess and plan your job hunt objectives for the next day and how you are going to reach them. Small accomplishments will help you stay motivated and positive about your progress.

Be ‘it’ before you are ‘it’
Act in your job search as you would be expected to act in the role of a recruiter.  This means you need to be persistent, tenacious, positive and professional.  Sending a CV and hoping someone will come back to you will not cut it; your CV could be at the bottom of a pile of 200!  Send a CV and then chase it up with a phone call; recruitment companies will respond positively as this is what you will be expected to do in your job.  Be ‘it’ before you are it; by demonstrating the right behaviour and attitude in your job search will get you positive results.

Pay Attention to Detail
Good recruiters have an eye for detail and are skilled at gathering information.  Practice these skills on your job search, Draw up target lists of companies you want to work for and put some time aside for research.  Find out as much as you can about the companies you are targeting and use that information to sell yourself to them.

Invest the Time
Invest time in researching the companies that will be right for you and keep track of who you have applied to.   Don’t simply send hundreds of CV’s out to anyone and everyone.  If a business does contact you and you have no idea who they are or what you applied for, it doesn’t leave a good impression.  Select and research 10 companies, apply, then follow up.. and then repeat the process… for as long as it takes.  Every single application you make should be tailored towards each specific recruitment company so it has maximum impact, and this could take hours.  Sounds like a lot of work? We don’t know one successful recruiter who has not invested maximum time and effort in their career.

So there you have your first way to increase your chances of securing a recruitment job.  It is crucial that you give it 110%. There is absolutely no short cut to getting what you want, in both life and in recruitment. If this feels like too much hard work and is off-putting then maybe you need to start looking for alternative careers.  

However, if you feel you have to courage to take up the challenge, we will be sharing our 2nd insight into how to increase your chances of getting a recruitment job in our next post. You can sign up to receive this directly into your inbox via the box on the right.

For more guidance and advice join our groups on Linkedin and Xing .  We are also offering a limited number of readers the opportunity to receive a free downloadable guide covering all your questions about getting a job and working in recruitment. REGISTER YOUR INTEREST NOW to ensure you don’t miss out.