Who knew – I’m in the 14th best job in the UK….

Intriguing results published in City AM this morning. Being a Recruitment Consultant is ranked 14th best job in the UK.

Yes, after over 18 years in recruitment (all with the same company), I can safely say I love my job – you get to work with some brilliant brands and companies, you’re continually dealing with people and no one day is the same. Nothing beats that buzz of placing a ‘difficult to help candidate’ in that ‘difficult to fill job’.

But I wonder – for all those people who carve out successful long term careers in recruitment, there’s a good number out there who find it tough going and harder than it sounds! It’s no secret that the majority of trainee recruiters last less than a year. Over the ages, I’ve had to combine being a listener, an adviser, a salesman, a realist, an optimist, a multi-tasker, a project manager, a writer, a do-er and more often than not a counsellor. Lightning reaction skills are required, at the same time as being thoughtful and considered. You need an eye for detail, whilst still being very appreciative of and understanding the bigger picture. You’ve got to be sensitive to the needs of others, whilst developing a thick skin in the face of adversity. A cheery disposition combined with a sense of humour is pretty much a prerequisite – and honesty and ethics go a long way in this business too.

All sounds a bit chameleon-like, doesn’t it? But I’d suggest that the fundamental trait  of the best recruiters out there is the ability to be themselves and show their own individuality and personality at the core of what they do. It’s a matter of adapting one’s style and approach to situations, whilst retaining the essence of what you are all about as a person. Indeed, not as easy as it sounds.

If all this chimes with you, then you’ll find like minds here at BLT. We’re one of the UK’s longest established recruitment businesses, where we specialise in Management Consultancy and Indirect Tax appointments. We’re actually looking to hire a couple of recruiters right now to join our team – so if you think you’ve got what it takes, click here to find out more about what we’re after.

By Guy Barrand


Recruitment Blog



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