When you’re looking for a break in a new career, you can either train yourself by reading books, researching articles and attending courses on your potential vocation, or you can get a trainee post with a company who will pay you while you learn. The latter is obviously the best option if it’s available to you.
For a new career in recruitment, you can research books and videos such as the above
Many sales-related trainee posts can offer an income on a commission basis only, which may sound like a good deal when you’re looking for a new job opportunity. However, there are also organisations that also offer a basic salary as well as commission. One such company that does offer trainees a healthy basic salary and commission is leading digital marketing, eCommerce and product management recruitment agency Intelligent People.
Just the Job
The agency was founded in 2002 by Chris Mason and Doug Bates, both experienced recruiters within the finance and investment sector for City-based banks. Both co-founders were looking for a new challenge in the younger technology-based arena of the Internet and online job opportunities, so they created Intelligent People to help the then-emerging online retail companies to find technology-savvy recruits. The agency’s clients have grown alongside Intelligent People, and now some of the largest online eCommerce giants are on their repeat-client list.
“Recruiting for this new sector back in 2002 was much an experimental process because, to tell the truth, neither Doug or I knew exactly how huge the Internet and online-based job sector would become,” says Chris. “All we knew was that we wanted to break away from the more traditional City job recruitment and we could foresee the potential of the digital world.”
Leading Industry Recruiter
Now the agency is leading in this field, and acknowledged as one of the most successful recruiters for online and digital marketing, with the greatest in-depth understanding of the industry.
“It’s because we understand the element of taking a risk in a new direction that we offer such a good trainee package,” explains Doug. “We did it ourselves over a decade ago and it turned out to be a huge success story! Our aim now is to attract – well, intelligent people! Many of our trainees may be graduates or could well have worked in our specialist industry areas themselves, but they’ve never recruited before, so when they start they already have some knowledge of our clients’ requirements.”
“For example,” continues Chris, “someone who has worked in a digital marketing role such as, say, search engine marketing or optimisation, or product management, you’ll be very appreciative of the skills and talents needed to fill an SEO job vacancy or director of product management.”
“Our extensive trainee program will give our novice agents a thorough introduction to the best-practice recruitment methods and processes. And for those with little or no industry knowledge, we give trainees insight into all our digital industry areas of expertise.”
Doug says, “Our training also includes external management and sales courses, and extensive internal on-boarding and mentor supervision.”
With the right training, aptitude, attitude and knowledge, Doug and Chris are firm believers that well-educated and intelligent trainees will soon turn into expert recruitment consultants with a strong appreciation of the needs of their clients when searching for a new employee to add to their digital, eCommerce and product management teams.
“When training is complete, salary and benefits rise to reflect how valuable our new consultants are to us and our clients,” Chris concludes. “And of course their commissions will inevitably go up, hopefully drastically, once they possess all the industry knowledge and recruitment skills and tactics that make them so much more effective!”
To read more on Intelligent People and the clients and job opportunities that they recruit for, see http://www.intelligentpeople.co.uk/