In my last article, I looked at 3 reasons why you should join a boutique recruitment agency. No prizes for guessing what’s coming next!
You’re exploring opportunities in the market and you’re thinking about what type of recruitment agency will suit you best. Why should you consider joining a global recruitment agency?
When referring to a global recruitment agency, we’re talking about the biggest names in the game, with a high global employee headcount upwards of 1,000 with over 10 international offices. Think about Michael Page, Hays, Randstad, Robert Walters and SThree.
For examples of global agencies, you can search for recruitment agencies that have a headcount above 1,000 in our new company directory here.
In this article, we explore 3 reasons why you should join a global recruitment agency to help determine whether it’s the right choice for you at this stage in your career.
1. Training opportunities
I started my recruitment career straight out of university and, at the time, I was completely unsure about which companies to approach. I reached out to several recruitment leaders on LinkedIn and asked their advice about the type of agency I should join as a young fledgling who was fresh out of campus in Manchester. The resounding advice I received was to join a global player as these companies are unparalleled ‘training grounds’ for up and coming recruiters.
Whilst I actually ended up joining a boutique as an entry-level recruiter, a couple of years later I joined Michael Page. It was an itch that needed scratching as I had always wanted to be part of an international business with a well-known and respected name in the recruitment industry.
As anticipated, my onboarding process with them was streamlined, efficient and incredibly professional. Despite having notched up over 4 years of recruitment experience prior to joining the business, I embarked on a rigorous 5-day training program with about 15 additional new starters across the ANZ region. Due to the large number of new starters in an induction group, there was a great feeling of solidarity as everyone was pretty much in the same boat.
Most large companies have the resources and platform to utilise a large internal Learning & Development team, which plays a crucial role in learning the foundations of the recruitment industry, for all levels. You will receive continuous ongoing training as you work your way up the ranks from consultant to manager and beyond.
In my case, thanks to a dedicated Learning & Development team, a tailored training program was created for me based on my existing strengths and areas for growth.
Working for a global recruitment business can be a real eye-opener. The atmosphere in a large, open-plan office is often high energy and fun. Bouncing ideas off other consultants on the sales floor is actively encouraged. Having the opportunity to listen to the consultants around you on the phones and observing their recruitment style was an invaluable learning tool for me.
I also had the pleasure of speaking to recruiters from so many different backgrounds and cultures. There is a huge sense of unity in what is often a very high-pressure job. It’s great to have the support from other consultants across the business who are experiencing the same pressures, especially at the end of the quarter! Cross-discipline collaboration in a global business is actively encouraged, and senior leaders from international offices across the globe would often pop by the office every couple of weeks or so.
Lastly but certainly not least – the social life! Naturally global businesses have a large headcount so there is an opportunity to make some great friends along the way. There is usually a great emphasis placed on social activities like Friday drinks. Many global businesses have a dedicated team who organise all of the social activities on your behalf.
3. Platform & mobility
Working for a global business gives you the advantage of joining a well-established brand and platform. Whether you’re starting a cold desk from scratch or stepping into a warm one, you will be given access to a database with valuable client and candidate information that spans across several years. Many global companies also have a separate digital marketing function. They will provide an abundance of marketing resources/tools that you can utilise to build a personal brand via LinkedIn and other social media channels.
Another massive draw towards a global business is the vast number of geographical mobility options available at your disposal. During the interview process, recruiters are encouraged to share their future plans and aspirations. In many cases, this will include intentions to work overseas in another country. One of my ex-colleagues in Sydney, for example, is looking to be transferred to the New York office; there is a clearly defined strategy outlined in her personal development plan which was proposed by her line manager about how she can achieve this over a specific time period.
Often the business will finance your international move if you are transferring to another office, covering the cost for flights, accommodation and visa. The caveat is that you will be contractually obliged to stay with the company for a specific time period once you have relocated and started working in the new country. If you came this far, you’ll probably want to stay with the company anyway!
If you’re considering a career move, you might be thinking about whether a global recruitment agency is the right fit for you. Here are my key takeaways about the biggest benefits:
- Take advantage and grow your career with the training, structure and global platform on offer
- If you’re looking to join a high-energy, fun, fast-paced environment with a very social culture then one of the globals can be a good option for you
- Global recruitment agencies offer an unrivalled level of global exposure and mobility, with the opportunity to transfer overseas with the business
- Gain access to cutting-edge resources, historic data and a huge platform which will put you in the best possible position to succeed in your recruitment career