Ok, you finally made it. You are entering your final semester of college. You completed seven semesters of grueling midterms and final exams. Now is when it hits you…that looming thought that enters your head, “I need a job!”
Frantically you put together a resume, cramming any resemblance of work experience onto a piece of paper and show it to every professional at your college career center. After editing it fifty times, you post it on every job board known to man, but surprisingly, you get no response. There are only a few months until graduation and fear makes you realize it’s time to get proactive. So you start applying to every job you see on monster.com and every company website you’ve ever heard mentioned in a conversation. The harsh realization that you are under qualified for about 80% percent of them, raises the thought, “how am I supposed to get work experience if no one takes a shot on me?” Interesting question…
According to the recent U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics report, over 56% of 2009 to 2012 college graduates are struggling to find jobs today. In addition to this, the majority who do have jobs are in positions that don’t require a bachelors degree. The Wall Street Journal recently wrote about a Rutgers University study that claimed, “Only 49% of graduates from the classes of 2009 to 2011 had found a full-time job within a year of finishing school, compared with 73% for students who graduated in the three years prior.”
In certain circumstances the job market appears brighter for the new graduate, but they typically need to have a very specific background. Current research posted on businessinsider.com and salary.com indicates the highest paying jobs/careers for new graduates are petroleum geologists, engineering, software development, IT analysts, accounting, business analysts, and market research. The majority of these jobs require a technical degree. So what career should people explore who don’t have technical degrees in engineering or programming?
Many nontechnical-degreed graduates proceed down the career path of education, insurance, marketing, sales, and advertising. Those individuals who want to gain a foothold in corporate America may endure another internship filled with getting coffee and similar mindless tasks. The bottom line is there are not a lot of options for many new graduates out there in the real world!
One career avenue that many college graduates have not explored is recruiting. Often people think that recruiters are only individuals who interview future employees for positions at their company. However, this is only one facet of recruiting, the internal side. There is a whole different side of recruiting that can provide new graduates with an exciting and interesting career. External recruiting businesses, otherwise known as third party recruiting companies, are an awesome place to start your career!
Here are four reasons why headhunting (external recruiting) is a great career choice for a new graduate.
1. Insight to a Variety of Businesses
Becoming a recruiter allows a new graduate an interesting insight to a multitude of businesses and professions. As a recruiter, you are constantly learning new information from the people you interview and the client companies for whom you work. Very few professions provide the same kind of insight to how businesses operate.
2. Learn the Art of Prospecting
Another valuable skill acquired as a recruiter is the art of prospecting. Sales is a skill that is valuable in any industry and all companies. Whether making a pitch about the next great idea, gaining buy-in from fellow co-workers for a project, or closing a deal, sales is the life blood to any organization. Since they sell continuously, every day, every talented recruiter is an expert salesman. A recruiter sells a career advancement opportunity to a candidate, and sells the talented candidate to the client.
3. Growing Your Network
In recruiting, one is constantly networking – trying to increase their reach in their industry. In order to facilitate this, a recruiter needs to identify what industries are currently hiring. A recruiter also needs to identify what those companies are looking for beyond the job description and use that information to find the best possible candidates to fill the position. Networking and information gathering is important in any business because your contacts are vital to business growth /development.
4. Acquiring New Business Skills
At some firms, a recruiter can also focus on contract recruiting, which hones a different skill set. Contract recruiting offers a new graduate a valuable insight to payroll, on-boarding, employment contracts and much more. This develops business acumen for any new graduate which is instrumental in their career development.
A recruiting or a staffing company can offer tremendous opportunities to someone seeking a job out of college. So, do your research (not every recruiting firm is the same) but look into recruiting. It’s a fabulous place for you to initiate a career in the workforce and become extremely successful!