Have you ever considered a job in recruiting? It can be a flexible and rewarding career choice, especially if you're interested in working from home.
Gone are the days of men in suits, attached to a phone in a bleak white office. The pandemic may have had a nasty effect on the world, but from the recruitment industry's point of view, it led to some changes in the industry that we can't help but love.
As a Rec2Rec, we've been amazed to see just how far recruitment has come. Still providing the alluring giant monetary rewards but offering even more for an outstanding work-life balance.
However, recruitment requires creativity, tenacity, and a strong work ethic, so this shift to hybrid and remote working has presented advantages and disadvantages and changed the face of recruitment forever.
Let's take a closer look at what the industry looks like today and whether the work-from-home recruiter life is for you!
🏘️The environment: When you work from home, you have much more control over your working environment. You can create a space that is comfortable and conducive to productivity and add whatever you like to your surroundings to inspire you. Obviously, this is based on the notion that you have the space for a dedicated setup! We have heard horror stories of people working off ironing boards and inside cupboards. 😬 It's a significant factor to consider before applying for any recruitment job. If your setup isn't big enough, is too loud or too hot, then do you really want to commit to working from home even some of the time!
🚂The commute: A significant upside to working from home is avoiding the commute. That can mean a reduction in 'wasted' unproductive time, minimal spending on travel, and not getting soaked in the rain. However, is the time really 'wasted' ??? We have heard some WFH candidates mention how they sometimes miss the commute. Sure, most of the time, it's just annoying. Still, from a headspace point of view, some people have mentioned how they've noticed they now don't have that extra time to switch off and listen to a podcast or call family like they used to! It's an interesting point to consider!
⌚Flexibility: While most recruitment jobs still state the core working hours, we can't deny that WFH offers a more substantial flexibility element. You might be able to pop out for an appointment, and you'll undoubtedly be in for those all-important amazon deliveries with no worries. For those needing childcare or with other commitments, a WFH option might be necessary for your work-life balance. However, work-from-home recruiter jobs can be risky in terms of being overwhelmed by the lack of structure and missing out on deals. This job requires self-discipline and motivation; there's no one there to keep you on track if you start to slack off.
When you're not surrounded by other people working hard, it can be tempting to take breaks more often or do non-work related tasks during work hours. It's essential to be disciplined and stay on task to succeed while working from home.
🍜Social: Working from home means you don't have to deal with office politics (as much). You can just focus on doing your job to the best of your ability. However, do remember in recruitment, all the companies we've worked with certainly don't leave you in isolation. There are usually chat groups like teams to get you socialising and connected virtually. If you tend to read messages in the wrong way, you might find WFH harder than in the office from a political point of view!
An additional downside from a social side that we've seen is that people can often feel isolated from colleagues and miss out on the physical social aspect of work. It can feel like you're missing out on significant networking opportunities when you're not in an office setting. If you're someone who thrives on social interaction, there may be a better type of job set up for you.
📑Conclusion: For every advantage to a work-from-home recruitment job, there comes a counter version and potential disadvantage! It's essential to weigh the pros and cons before making a decision about whether or not this arrangement is right for you. Working from home is an excellent option if you thrive in a remote working environment. However, if you prefer being around other people or feel like you need supervision to stay focused, then an office setting might be a better fit. Ultimately, the decision is up to you!