To be honest, no one in India plans his/her career to become a recruiter. No one aspires to become a recruiter in India.
Career As A Recruiter In A Consultancy Firm In India
Becoming a recruiter is nothing but by a chance, or because of some compulsion.
I became a recruiter by chance. I had uploaded my fresher’s resume in Naukri.com for sales and marketing jobs. But fortunately or unfortunately I got a mail for a requirement of a recruiter.
The mail was sent through mass email services, but I, being a fresher mind, took it as a personalized mail sent only to me.
I went for the interview. I was not terrible at spoken English, and was ready to work for peanuts. Of course, I was in a dire need of a job and some money.
I was the perfect guy for them: someone who could speak English and work for a little salary. I’m not an MBA, and this in fact was a plus point for them.
Well, I worked there for three months, and then quit the job and joined another company as a recruiter. The hike was nothing, but meager Rs. 2,000.
Today, I’ve more than 7 years of experience. Despite this, my salary is not so great. But, I do make some good money as incentives and I’m free to work from home or anywhere.
Well, not all recruiters avail such privileges. Maybe this is my only motivation to continue my career in recruitment.
Should One Choose Career as a Recruiter?- My most wise answer would be mixed.
You can choose recruitment as a part of your career in HR operations, but going exclusively for end to end recruitment is not advised, encouraged or suggested.
Recruitment should be used as a tool or a ladder to reach one’s ambition of career in HR Operation.
Before you take up a job as a recruiter, it is better you already have any MBA degree: full-time or part-time.
Human Resources or Marketing, Subject Specialization doesn’t really matter; though the preference to Human Resources would be quite obvious.
Most MBA graduates start their HR adventures by joining small recruitment firms.
MBA degrees are not in fashion nowadays, perhaps this is why guys from big B Schools also don’t mind joining small consultancy firms.
There is no harm in joining consultancy firms as a fresher, but remaining there for 4-5 years is not something really wise.
If you are still working in consultancy firms after 5 years of experience in recruitment, then it means you are really enjoying your ‘tedious’ job or you are not much serious about your career.
Advantages and disadvantages of working in a consultancy firm
Advantages: If you want to make career in HR operations and want to see your future in big multinational IT companies, then certainly, consultancy firms are the best place to start off.
Working with consultancy firms gives you some great ideas about using job search engines or job portals.
This is the place you get opportunities to work for various requirements from various companies. Here you also sharpen your sourcing and headhunting skills.
And, you certainly improve your communication skills and boost your corporate confidence.
While working in consultancy firms, a recruiter should always try to experiment with new sourcing styles and strategies.
Boolean Search is one of the terms which must be mastered by a recruiter while working in a recruitment firm.
If, as a recruiter, you know about Boolean Search, you can always use any job portal efficiently.
While working in consultancy firms, you also learn a lot about Hard Work, Smart Work, and Work under Pressure. And these three things are going to be with you, your whole corporate life.
Disadvantages: though working with consultancy firms has got any advantages, and one should not drop a chance of working with a consultancy firm, they have got some bothering disadvantages too.
You will always have a load of work. You will have a deadline to close positions with the clients. You will have to make closures and hire candidates for the clients; this is the only way your firm makes money.
Some new recruiters think clients pay for sourcing and scheduling interviews, but it’s not true at all.
Another disadvantage of working with consultancy firms is that you don’t get much chance of working in various HR operations.
In consultancy firms, you limit yourself to recruitment, and nothing much. You don’t get exposure to payroll processes, employee grievance handling, employee management, induction, etc.
Over a period of time, you start getting awfully bored with recruitment. So, a smart recruiter should think of coming out of recruitment after about 3 years of working in a recruitment or consultancy firm.
The biggest disadvantage of working in recruitment firm is lower pay packages.
The most successful recruitment firm can offer you maximum 5-6 Lac CTC, that also to the most senior recruiters.
If you are into IT recruitment, you will have great opportunities to join big IT companies and earn handsome income.
In cities like Bangalore some IT companies offer a similar salary to their recruiters as they offer it to their IT engineers.
You should also not hesitate joining an IT Company on a contract basis, if offered.
Working for an IT Company on contract is always better than working for a recruitment firm.
Also, being an IT recruiter in an IT company is a much privileged job as compared to jobs in recruitment firms.
In final words: Start your HR career by joining a consulting firm, but try to move to corporate recruitment by joining FMCG or IT companies.