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Find out more about graduate careers in Sales and Recruitment:

Internal Sales

Internal sales involves working in an office based sales team, often supporting a more senior sales executive by taking incoming calls, preparing paperwork and being the point of contact for customers after a sale has been made.  A graduate job in internal sales can expose you to many aspects of sales, marketing and customer services, providing an ideal starting place for graduates who want to go on to develop a career in sales.

Field Sales

Graduates in field sales can expect to work ‘in the field’ or out of the office, and their job will often involve being responsible for sales in a certain area of the country.  A Graduate Field Sales Executive will spend their time visiting existing or potential new customers to win new business, manage relationships, up sell, or introduce new products or services. Salary is often made up from a basic salary and commission based on volume of sales or income generated so is often seen as OTE – on target earnings.


A recruitment consultant is the intermediary between organisations wishing to recruit (the client) and the individual seeking a career move or temporary assignment (the candidate). It is primarily a sales role, with high rewards for impressive results.

Many consultancies or agencies are industry specific, or are subdivided into industry specific jobs so that most of the time, as a graduate recruitment consultant, you will be recruiting similar posts within different clients.

The role of a Recruitment Consultant is broadly to:

Identify and develop client business relationships in a competitive environment; Contribute to the attraction of candidates and the integrity of the details held on them; Assess and respond to the needs of each particular client or assignment providing relevant solutions; Source suitable candidates, brief them on the opportunities offered by the client and prepare them for interview; Manage the process through interviews to offer stage and beyond Offer CV, interview and general career advice.

What will make you successful?

You will have an excellent opportunity to succeed as a recruitment consultant if you can answer 'YES' to the following questions:

  • Are you able to sell yourself?
  • Can you demonstrate first-class communication skills?
  • Do you have: entrepreneurial spirit, enthusiasm, drive and determination?
  • Are you self motivated and competitive?
  • Are you adaptable?
  • Can you change your style of delivery depending on your audience?

Industry specific sales training and on-the-job training are offered. Graduate starting salaries vary from consultancy to consultancy, & upon location around the country, up to over £20,000 basic. Bonuses and or commission will be added to this over time, making recruitment consultants salaries amongst the fastest growing available to graduates today. It is usually a work hard, play hard environment.

Management potential is usually spotted at an early stage, enabling faster progression than within many other longer established careers.

Graduate Jobs in the recruitment industry are high pressure, but highly rewarded!

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