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.

Depending on whether you are a recent graduate or are a working professional transitioning into recruitment, we have 3 different entry level roles at Hays, including: Graduate Trainee, Researcher and Associate Recruitment Consultant.

Graduate Trainee: A 6-month internship designed for new graduates looking to kick-start their career in recruitment. During the first phase of the programme you will focus on candidate acquisition and candidate management before being trained in client-facing tasks, such as business development and job management, to progress on to either a Researcher or an Associate Recruitment Consultant.

Researcher: A 180 recruitment role focused on candidate acquisition and candidate management. Supporting an experienced Recruitment Consultant or Key Account Manager you will deliver high calibre candidates to fill our clients job vacancies.

Associate Recruitment Consultant: A 9-month development programme for professionals new to recruitment. This is a 360 recruitment role where you will be developing and managing a portfolio of clients, as well as sourcing high calibre candidates to match clients' requirements.

Our culture is a meritocracy, which means promotions and rewards are based solely on your performance. You will receive regular, structured feedback during your initial development programme to help you reach your full potential.

Early careers in recruitment - Reason Blocks

Reasons to join Hays

The very best learning and development

The learning and development at Hays is recognised as the industry’s best. We want all our employees to be successful, so we offer formal development programmes as well as on-the-job coaching from experienced colleagues who are passionate about their work.

Unlimited earning potential

We offer competitive basic salaries and uncapped commission schemes meaning unlimited earning potential based on your personal performance.

A full range of benefits

We offer a competitive suite of employer-paid benefits which include a generous holiday entitlement, private medical cover, the ability to buy and sell holidays and more.

Unrivalled career progression

We provide more management opportunities than anyone else, giving you a chance to accelerate your career. We offer two distinct career paths to the top: people or business management.

Early careers in recruitment - Roles and responsibilities

Early Careers in recruitment roles and responsibilities

Are you excited by the fast-paced working environment, varied role and people-focused 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 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 / calls with colleagues is a great way for 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. Recruitment consultants will spend time undergoing formal training programmes with colleagues in the UAE, 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', 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 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


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Fabina Hussain Researcher – Accountancy & Finance

"Challenged to think beyond, every day at Hays is an adventure, full of opportunities and lessons that enhance my personal and professional development."

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Sam Barker Recruitment Consultant

"My secret to success? Resilience. And of course, to ride the waves of the dynamic field of recruitment."

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Karen Kassabgy Consultant, Technology

“Resilience and a genuine interest in others are the cornerstones of success in the recruitment space.”

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