University of Leeds English & Philosophy graduate Annie Moss completed her degree studies in 2018, she now works for Xpertise Recruitment. Annie’s placement year in a recruitment consultancy helped her to understand that this fast paced challenging, rewarding profession was for her. Here she offers insight and advice on how it could be the right career for you.
How I got into Recruitment
I graduated in 2018 from Leeds University with an industrial degree in English and Philosophy, then I went straight into recruitment. Possibly not the most obvious choice considering my degree background, but definitely the right one for me.
I got into recruitment when I was researching industries for my placement year. I didn’t know anything about recruitment at this stage and was looking at roles in marketing, supply-chain, HR, (you name it, I applied for it)! Then I came across recruitment and after spending one day in the office to have a look round, I realised that it was a really good fit for me.
Why a career in recruitment?
Because recruitment is a fast-paced, lucrative, challenging profession. In the words of my manager, “if you want to progress in your career and achieve your financial goals quickly, then recruitment is a great industry to be in.”
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A graduate recruitment fair brings leading graduate employers together under one roof and allows you to quickly build rapport with each one you speak to, giving you an excellent impression of the organisation whilst highlighting your talents at the same time. Continue reading
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1. I should apply for as many jobs as possible to increase my chances of success
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