Thanks to the constant horror stories that I keep hearing from my friends about how difficult it is to apply for a job after graduation, I have began hunting for a job four months before I actually receive my degree. And by job hunting I mean relentlessly sending my resume out to whichever positions that my degree is suitable for, without much caring about what the job entails.
That was how I got my first job interview with a HR Firm that deals with headhunting just yesterday as a Recruitment Consultant. The name sounds attractive at first but here in Singapore, one has to always keep in mind that the name of your position is never reflective of the actual job scope that you have to do. Heck, even a bus driver is known as a bus captain here, whereas an insurance agent is called a financial consultant, when in actuality you don't really "captain" over people nor are you paid for trying to give financial advice to people.
Well back to the story. You see, while I made a mental note to myself to stay clear from jobs like financial consultants, the name Recruitment Consultant was particularly new to me, as well as the whole field of HR recruitment itself so I thought it would be quite awesome to help people find their dream jobs and to help companies find their dream candidates for the vacancies.
Well it turns out that what I pictured was far from the reality. While the core of the job itself includes pairing up candidates with vacancies, the job is mostly sales based in a way. You see, when a vacancy opens up in a particular company, there are numerous HR recruitment companies out there that are eager to find the suitable candidate for that one position. And as a recruitment consultant, you are fighting against time to find the candidate for the job before other recruitment consultants from other companies do. And you'll only get paid if the candidate gets hired for the job. There's also cold calling companies, hitting quotas and all sort of stuff you'll expect from a sales based job.
I don't know about you but I do find this type of job to be a bit redundant in a way. After all, if I'm not mistaken, companies have been doing fine in filling up their vacant positions and suddenly out pops a fella that says, "Hey, do you need help with finding people for your vacancy? I can help you do that" and thus the middleman position was born. This whole HR recruitment thing is big in Singapore, judging by the number of companies in Singapore that specializes in this but I had my fair share of sales job back in Malaysia. While I like the challenge, I hate the stress. Everyday it's a battlefield in the workplace where you have to constantly strive to outplay each other. It's cutthroat work.
Still, you can't say that I'm not considering the job at all though. The lady that interviewed me came from the exact same faculty as me and I guess when you're am Arts graduate, there's just so many and yet so little things that you can do. Besides, I have the experience of working in sales before and if there's really no other choice, I can survive in sales. It's just that I wouldn't want my whole life to be revolved around hitting quotas every month.