How to get a career in recruitment

Careers in recruitment: the lowdown

Recruitment is a core part of any leading organization. It involves placing the right talent in roles that suit their skillset and benefit an organization. A career in recruitment is much more than just technical skills and revolves around  knowledge and intuition with a focus on getting excellent results.

The ideal recruitment professional has a broad skillset which includes technical knowledge, business acumen, people skills and the ability to adapt and work under pressure. Want to find out more? At Miller, we aim to guide you through some key pointers when it comes to starting your career in recruitment. 

Careers in recruitment consultancy: trouble shooting and understanding needs

If there’s something that our 50 years’ experience in talent and recruitment has taught us, it’s that the needs of our clients are paramount. Each client has a diverse range of goals, strategies, values and visions that an expert recruiter must take into account when embarking on the talent selection process, including  pooling, screening, interviewing, liaising and selection. If you are interested in starting a career in recruitment, you’ll need people skills, knowledge, an intuitive ability to problem solve and make the right call when it comes to decisions based on the evidence you’ve collected during the recruitment process.

Facts to bear in mind: recruitment in the United States

  • The lack of skilled and high-quality candidates is the biggest challenge for 67% of recruiters. You will be required to find a way to jump over this hurdle and find the best candidates to fit your clients’ positions in the timeframe available while working to detailed specifications.
  • 50% of recruiters report problems with bottlenecking. What does that mean, exactly? Candidates need to be moved through the hiring process in a way which is efficient and streamlined while being thorough and deep-diving at the same time. An excellent recruitment professional optimizes time and ensures that deadlines are met while always putting quality first.
  • 78% of candidates report that they feel uncomfortable with “computers making hiring decisions”. We agree. Recruitment manager careers require professionals who bring people skills to these key roles and build strong, lasting relationships with companies and candidates. Your job is to bridge the gap and create healthy and successful relationships that help you do your job better and meet clients’ needs.
  • Recruitment is competitive. The drive to find the right candidates is becoming more urgent for companies and skilled candidates are competing for top positions. A recruitment manager or coordinator knows how to get the best out of all the parties involved in the process and strengthen talent.


Recruitment managers vs recruitment coordinators: what’s the difference?

Recruitment managers focus their efforts on the recruiting the right candidate and making expert decisions while providing the first and most in-depth point of contact for leading organizations, dealing directly with management teams and doing the in-depth research required to meet exact requirements. Oftentimes, recruitment coordinators are responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the entire logistics process when it comes to recruiting talent. This ranges from posting online using the latest technology, scheduling interviews, liaising with recruitment managers and finding solutions for last minute changes. Logistics, administrative and people skills are essential.

Miller: resources for candidates and employers

At Miller, we provide expert resources, consultation and support for candidates looking to kickstart their careers in a wide range of industries. In addition to our knowledgeable team, you’ll find a wealth of resources here on our site, giving you an insight into what our clients look for when it comes to finding the perfect candidate for their organization.

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