When you think of the ideal recruiter, there’s a good chance you focus on soft skills. A knack for sales, eye for detail, and natural ability to build relationships are all vital elements of what makes superstar recruiters tick.
But while soft skills are important, more and more recruiters are looking for formal ways to increase their ability, learn best practice, and guide their careers to success.
That’s why we’re excited to launch our new recruitment qualifications, providing nationally recognised and regulated certifications that are open to everyone. From new hires to Recruitment Resourcers and Recruitment Consultants, we’ve created a flexible way to become certified.
But why should recruiters spend their time working towards a qualification? What are the day-to-day benefits that make certification worth it? And why should recruitment businesses encourage their recruiters to earn a professional qualification?
FOR RECRUITMENT BUSINESSES…
#1 CLOSE SKILL GAPS
The most successful recruitment businesses are able to see the personalities and traits that make for a great recruiter. Qualifications provide a comprehensive way to translate those skills into capability that can be applied toy our business.
Our new recruitment qualifications cover two areas:
- Level 2 Certificate in Recruitment Resourcing (Cert RR)
- Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Recruitment Practice (Cert PRP)
Each of these qualifications is designed to cover the entire spectrum of recruitment practice – from understanding the industry to sales techniques, from relationship management to compliance. All delivered in a way that’s fun, flexible, and tailored to the way people want to learn.
#2 IMPROVE RECRUITER RETENTION
Particularly amid a widespread skills shortage and the Great Resignation, every business is focusing on employee retention. According to IBM, people who don’t feel they are developing in their job are 12 times more likely to leave.
Enabling your recruiters to get qualifications that last a lifetime is a powerful way to help them feel engaged and motivated. And while these qualifications may increase the potential of a recruiter finding a great role elsewhere, studies show that 94% of employees are more likely to stay with an employer if they provide strong learning and development.
#3 RAISE CAPABILITY ACROSS YOUR BUSINESS
Crucially, the skills and best practices that are developed through professional qualifications affect more than the individual learner. Recruiters with qualifications also become rich sources of knowledge and guidance for your wider teams.
As a result, entire teams can benefit from the knowledge developed as part of a recruitment qualification. In turn, you can improve productivity, efficiency, and operations right across the board.
#1 EARN MORE
The bottom line is that qualifications are good for your bottom line. According to data from the Office for National Statistics, earning power consistently improves at every level of qualification, from GCSEs and A-Levels to degrees and vocational qualifications.
In short, qualified recruiters can command higher salaries in the short term. And their career earnings improve too, with more opportunities to progress and move into more senior roles.
#2 IMPROVE YOUR EMPLOYABILITY
As recruiters, we all know the power of qualifications in helping candidates stand out for great roles. The same is true of recruiter certification. If you have comprehensive, formal training that’s focused on recruitment skills, you’ll rise to the top of the CV pile, every single time.
In part, qualifications help you validate your experience and expertise. At the same time, they demonstrate your mindset and commitment to recruitment as a career. Holding an approved qualification shows your drive to constantly learn and improve in the field – the kind of traits a potential employer would love.
#3 BUILD INSTANT CREDIBILITY
The recruitment business is based on trust and strong relationships. That’s why seasoned recruiters are so valuable – they come with established relationships with clients and candidates alike.
With a recruitment qualification, you’re able to use letters after your name – Cert RR or Cert PRP, depending on your course. At a glance, these accreditations are a powerful shortcut to trust, establishing your professional credibility right at the outset.
#4 TRANSFORM YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND CAPABILITY
Beyond how they look to employers, clients and candidates, recruitment qualifications have a more inherent value: they teach you established, proven best practice that you can use every day.
Getting approved qualifications is an effective way to build your professionalism. But, more than that, it’s a way to build the skills you can use to fuel a successful career.