So, you want to be a recruitment consultant. You need to impress the recruiter – let them know that you’ve got what it takes to spot talent in another candidate. What better way to prove this than to show you know how to BE the perfect candidate?
When applying for a role, a cover letter accompanies your CV and gives the employer or recruiter an insight to your goals and experience, and also why you’re interested in working for the company.
Open the letter with a line stating what position you’re applying for and at which company. This gives the impression that the cover letter is genuine and written for this specific vacancy. State your career path or current status, and why you’d like to work with this specific company.
If you’re applying to a job advert, there should be a description of the type of candidate they’re looking for – and then show them that you are that candidate.
For example, here is an extract from the advert we use to recruit for internal Recruitment Consultants:
- You will need to have a background in recruitment, telesales or business to business sales or (non-retail) customer service.
- This is a sales and service driven industry and you must be prepared for the highs and lows that come from this.
- Strength of character, tenacity and broad shoulders must have been a part of what has made you who you are today.
- As a Recruitment Consultant you will have the ability to enjoy yourself and have a positive outlook that your customers will buy in to. We can teach you the job but we can’t give you a personality!
Take a look at your work history. Do you have experience in any of the sectors listed? If so, talk about this role and the skills your learned.
Think about your experiences. Can you prove that you can handle pressure and disappointment?
What about your history shows that you’re a strong character?
Think about your personal life, outside of work. What are you interested in that shows you are individual, interesting and optimistic?
Once you’ve written the answers to these questions, it’s time to edit. You should remove:
- Repeated information
- Specific information which doesn’t contribute to your application
- Long-winded sentences (replace these with more articulated points)
Dear (hiring manager)
I am writing to apply for the position of Recruitment Consultant at Essential Recruitment.
As an experienced account manager for a leading online job board, I feel I have an understanding of the industry and could easily adapt my skills for this role. I believe my personality fits well with your company culture (as I have seen on your social media) and your attitude towards your employees is one of the best I’ve seen.
I have experience of both gaining and losing business through my sales activity, the pressure of negotiating contracts and the importance of developing rapport and relationships with my clients. My previous work experience taught me to remain objective during tough times, and to avoid letting 90% clients suffer when 10% are being difficult.
You state you’re looking for someone who has the ability to enjoy themselves – In my spare time I am currently undertaking French lessons and I’m part of a sailing club. These two passions allow me to develop as a person and explore my individuality. Sailing allows me to free my competitive side!
I look forward to hearing from you,
We wish you the best of luck! Why not try your new found skills on our vacancies? Click to here to find out where we’re recruiting! Essential Recruitment Internal Vacancies