Recruitment Consultancy is very VERY competitive and if you are not prepared to be switched on and thinking about work during all your waking hours, it is not the job for you.
The main reason people consider working in recruitment is money. But don’t tell the employer that. Emphasise your enthusiasm towards helping people find their dream job.
The first two years are the hardest and you will have to work hard to establish a client base and build a rapport with your clients, so be prepared to put in your best. Buzzwords for your cover letter and interview are ‘tenacious’, ‘communicator’ and ‘motivated’.
You don’t need formal qualifications and there is no natural entry process. It is just a case of having some qualifications and the rest comes from your personal attributes, attitude and skills. A positive attitude is required here.
Some skills and experience that will be deemed useful by a potential employer are the ability to negotiate, good language skills, and knowledge of sales or working in a selling environment. You will be involved in negotiating contractual terms and salaries, selling candidates to a company or selling potential jobs to a candidate, and you might have to help with CV preparation and cover letter amending, so a ‘way with words’ is very important.
Recruitment Consultant Cover Letter
1 High Street
Mr John Brown
Dear Mr Brown
I am writing to express my interest in the Recruitment Consultant position with your company that I saw advertised in the Anytown Chronicle.
The position of recruitment consultant appeals to me because I know it can be competitive and fast paced – an environment in which I thrive. I am tenacious, enthusiastic and highly motivated. I also understand that a job in recruitment is not something you can afford to be complacent, and I am constantly on the lookout to build new relationships with people that may benefit my clients.
I have chosen to move towards Recruitment because I feel my skills are not best utilised in the role I currently occupy and I am thirsty for a new challenge to sink my teeth into.
I have enclosed a copy of my CV detailing my work experience, achievements and qualifications for you to peruse. I would be willing to attend an interview with a few days’ notice, and I have a four-week notice period to observe with my current employer should my application progress to employment.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.