Career Enjoyment: recruitment consultant
Recruitment consultants and/or headhunters work outside an organisation but take responsibility for part of the organisation's recruitment process. They usually get involved in the hiring of more senior staff, and perform an initial screening of applicants to provide the company with a shortlist of candidates to interview. This career tends to have salaries in the range £20-50k (based on research in the UK). Typically, therefore, it has a higher than average earnings potential.
Views from people doing the job
The common feedback from people in this career was:
- When people in the job described what they liked about it, the common themes that emerged were: fast moving environment, deal making, interaction with people, financial reward, great feelings when doing well, targets.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: working towards financial targets, only see one part of process, not being able to control the final outcome, pressured environment, can be boring/repetitive, have to follow basic procedures, emotional highs and lows, long hours, everything is urgent, outcomes are not personally meaningful, no career development, lack of challenge.
When we asked people in each career to rate their job for enjoyment, on a scale between 1 (low) and 6 (high), the average rating for all jobs was just over 3.5. The average score for this career - recruitment consultant - was 2.8, making it less enjoyable than the average job. This is only one part of what makes a job enjoyable. You can find out how well your unique personality fits the job by completing our personality questionnaire.
The table shows the balance of preferences that are required in this career, using the language of the Myers Briggs model of personality. This career therefore involves:
|The demands of the job|
- Slightly more Extraversion than Introversion.
- More Sensing than iNtuition.
- Slightly more Thinking than Feeling.
- Slightly more Perception than Judgment.
The wheel provides a more detailed view of the types of behaviours required in this career. Each segment represents a behavioural style. Lighter segments indicate that you need to use that style more in the job. On a PC, you can hover the mouse over a segment for a brief description.Lighter/redder segments show the types of behaviour you will need to use more of, i.e.: dealing with data or detailed information; listening to other people's concerns; following defined procedures; solving immediate problems or crises; doing things that have an immediate impact on people.
The job does not involve as much: theorising or analysing; working towards ideals.
Comparison with your personality
You can find out how well your personality matches this and all the other careers by completing the MMDI personality questionnaire.