The things you need to be a recruitment consultant are the same things you need to run your own recruitment business.
Think about that. If you’re working as a recruitment consultant the key things you need are fairly easy to define. You need business research and knowledge. Communication skills are essential. Knowing how to put together job descriptions and person specifications are a daily need. You’ll have good networking and ‘new business’ awareness. And you’ll know all about hitting the targets to drive the bottom line.
Of course, at the moment you’re probably applying all those skills, with considerable effort, to drive someone else’s bottom line. It’s hardly surprising then that the recruitment sector is populated by people who often leave their job to start up on their own.
If you’re thinking along those lines, or if you’re beginning to wonder if working for someone else is worth it, then take a moment to consider your own attributes. Suppose you did consider starting your own recruitment business. What would you need?
You can see where this is going. You’d need business research and knowledge. Check. Good communication skills. Check. Job description writing. Check. Networking. Check. Winning new business. Check. And of course hitting the targets. Check again.
That’s a lot of boxes ticked.
Now look over the parapet. If you could find sound financial backing, preferably from someone who understands the recruitment sector, and get operational systems in place from day one, you’d do it wouldn’t you?
If you could make sure that your branding and website were up and running, and you had the freedom to get on with growing the business, you’d do it right away wouldn’t you?
So, maybe being your own boss is more realistic than you thought.
You’ve checked a lot of boxes. Do a bit more checking – and do it.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Simons has extensive recruitment knowledge and experience having worked in the industry for over 20 years. He is currently Managing Director of Recruit Ventures where he works closely with joint venture partners, assisting and advising them on their start-up businesses.
You can contact David or find out more about Recruit Ventures via:
01362 8825 85 / 07900 26 30 43Back to Recruitment blogs