Early careers in recruitment - Intro

Early careers in recruitment

Every day we help our customers - whether they are candidates or organisations seeking the right employee - achieve success.

If you are a recent graduate or new to recruitment, you will start your journey at Hays as an Associate Recruitment Consultant. Your role will be to develop and manage a portfolio of clients and source high calibre candidates to match clients' expectations.

Our culture is a meritocracy which means promotions and rewards are based solely on your performance. You will receive regular, structured feedback during your 9-month 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

Roles and responsibilities

Are you excited by the fast-paced working environment, varied roles 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 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 from across the Netherlands, 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


Bas van de Sande
Bas van de Sande Principal Recruitment Consultant, Hays Specialist Recruitment

"Recruitment is an important part of a business process. To be successful in the commercial recruitment sector you need to be entrepreneurial."

Eva De Rooij
Eva De Rooij Content & Social Marketeer

"The recruitment industry is very diverse anyway; you have to be able to respond to the issues of the day, be flexible in order to move with the market and at the same time steer your own course according to your (marketing) plan."

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