A lot of people are considering a career change; many want to strike out on their own and not work for someone else any more. At the same time, they want to do something ‘meaningful’; perhaps something that helps people and society.
If this strikes a chord with you, then perhaps taking on a recruitment franchise is something you might like to consider? Recruitment is a people business, where you have the satisfaction of helping others and franchising will make you the boss.
If recruitment isn’t something that has crossed your mind before, here are a few reasons why it could be right for you:
You have boundless people skills
The first bridge you need to cross is whether recruitment is the industry for you. Recruitment consultants require a certain skill set; shrinking violets need not apply. You should possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, endless patience, be able to influence and persuade and have unparalleled organisation skills. It goes without saying that you should also have what are collectively termed ‘people skills’, that is professionalism, empathy, being approachable and generally helpful.
It’s not just candidates you’ll be dealing with, though. You’ll also need to establish, build and maintain relationships with the employing companies in order to get on their ‘preferred supplier lists’. Therefore a certain degree of schmoozing might be necessary. Successful recruiters also recognise exactly the amount of pushing they can get away with – too much and the company could refuse to work with you, too little and they’ll forget about you. If this sounds like you, a recruitment franchise might just be a perfect match.
It’s a service that’s in demand
Thousands upon thousands of people in the UK are searching for jobs, whether they are fresh out of college, returning from maternity leave or looking for a career change. What’s more, the job market is a scary place for those that have been ‘out of the loop’ for a while. Huge swathes of the population have no clue how to sell themselves and end up with rejection after rejection.
Fortunately, it’s a well known fact that registering with a recruitment agency can help improve job prospects. Therefore, if you’ve already got some good corporate partnerships forged (or head office has), then with any luck, you won’t have too much trouble attracting candidates to register on your database. Businesses, too, are struggling to recruit people with the skills they so badly need, thus if you can create a pool of niche-skilled candidates, you could see your franchise sky-rocket.
Personal job satisfaction
Recruitment is a fine balance of supply and demand; it requires a lot of hard work, persistence and the growth of a thick skin. That said, it can be an extremely rewarding career move; helping people get back into the workplace that might not have had the confidence before speaking to you. Candidates will be so grateful when you talk them through interview techniques or help them tailor their CV. Imagine how amazing it will feel when the employer calls to offer one of your candidates the job? It might be challenging at times, but the job satisfaction can far outweigh this.
Benefits of being a franchisee
Of course, there are many advantages to becoming a franchisee, regardless of the actual discipline. Firstly, you get to be your own boss. Secondly, you don’t actually have to start everything from scratch, as the business model already exists. Franchising is thus the best of both worlds: the business – if a re-sale opportunity – is up and running, ready for you to take the helm. If the franchise is well-established, then the business has clearly been proven successful and any issues long-since ironed out. It’s almost a fail-safe alternative to starting an enterprise yourself.
Hopefully this has provided some food for thought – why not choose a recruitment franchise? see what Driver Hire can offer new franchisees