Early careers in recruitment - Intro

Early careers in recruitment

Every day we help our customers – whether they’re candidates or clients – and our employees strive for success.

If you’re a confident and enthusiastic person, with heaps of ambition and an entrepreneurial spirit, you could be exactly what Hays is looking for in an associate recruitment consultant.

Our talented team develop and manage a portfolio of clients and source high-calibre candidates to fill job vacancies, so if you’re someone who is innovative, good at networking and wants to grow in their career, it could be the perfect fit for you. We provide the best tech tools in the industry to help set you up to succeed, and heaps of support from our experienced leaders.

We welcome applications from people at any level of their professional journey, from recent graduates looking for a step onto the career ladder, through to those who are seeking a career change. It’s not a job, it’s a calling, and at Hays we invest the time in you. Working at Hays will give you security, stability and all the tools you need to succeed in your career. There’s never been a more exciting time to join us, as we’re growing fast across all specialisms.

We offer flexible working practices with unlimited commission potential; social, inclusive and supportive work environments; performance-based promotions and rewards; internship programmes and much, much more. In addition to the above, Hays is fully committed to equity, diversity and inclusion.

Any questions? Get in touch today.

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Success of our new starters

The very best learning and development

Our learning and development training at Hays is recognised as the best in the industry. We support all our employees to unlock their full potential with developmental programmes, on-the-job coaching from experienced colleagues and regular, helpful feedback sessions. You’ll also find thousands of internal and external courses in our Learning and Career Zone.

Unlimited earning potential

Our basic salaries are competitive and our uncapped commission schemes mean there is unlimited earning potential for our recruitment consultants. It’s all down to personal performance – what you put in, you truly get out.

A full range of benefits

You’ll receive many benefits, including a generous holiday allowance, pension scheme, life assurance, private medical/dental cover, retailer discounts and much, much more.

Unrivalled career progression

Our culture is all about fairness,, which means promotions and rewards are based solely on your performance. We provide more management opportunities than anyone else, giving you the chance to accelerate your career. We offer two distinct paths to the top, which focus on either people or business management.

Early careers in recruitment - Roles and responsibilities

Roles and responsibilities

Are you excited by the fast-paced working environment, varied role and people-focus career that working in recruitment can offer? Then read on to discover more about the daily roles, responsibilities and activities of Hays consultants.

  • Finding the best candidates

    In order to ensure they have a number of great candidates to recommend for a new role, a junior recruitment consultant will go through the CVs of people who have applied - before contacting those with the right technical skills to find out more about them.

  • Securing new business

    Attending client meetings with colleagues is a great way for junior recruitment consultants to learn more about what makes an organisation tick, and better understand what kind of candidate will be best able to contribute positively to the team.

  • Learning and development

    Continuous growth and development are central tenants at Hays. Junior recruitment consultants will spend time undergoing formal training programmes with colleagues from across the UK, as well as on-the-job learning and coaching sessions.

  • Being a lifelong career-partner

    Calling candidates you have recently placed in roles to check they are settling in is vital. Not only is it important to ensure both employer and new employee are a good 'fit' for each other, but it helps foster a strong, authentic relationship - ensuring that Hays consultants become a professional's go-to career-partner throughout their life.

  • Becoming an expert

    Hays regularly produces market-leading reports, guides and blogs all about the world of work. In order to truly be 'experts', junior consultants should read these and stay abreast of the latest trends, legislations and changes that are affecting their market.

  • Getting to know your colleagues

    Being part of a great workplace culture is not just something we simply talk about, but something we encourage. Ask any junior consultant, and they will tell you that the opportunities to meet and socialise with colleagues are plentiful, and an enjoyable part of their daily work routine.

Early careers in recruitment - Testimonials


Kayelle Danyluk
Kayelle Danyluk Senior Recruitment Consultant

"No success goes unrecognised, promotions and milestones are always celebrated."

Salman Masud
Salman Masud Senior Recruitment Consultant

"Hays offer the best support in the industry by investing in your learning and development."

Josh Wilson
Josh Wilson Senior Recruitment Consultant

"I have a supportive manager and great team – that is why I am returning after I graduate."

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