Thinking of Leaving Recruitment? Ask These Questions First

If you’re crying out for an exit from recruitment, it’s time to stop and think. Leaving recruitment altogether may not be the best route to take.

When you’re not enjoying your job, leaving the industry can seem the only option. This isn’t the case. The problems you’re encountering may not be representative of the industry as a whole.

Here, we outline some key questions to ask yourself before you rule out a career in recruitment altogether.

What makes you want to quit?

There’s no shame in walking away from a toxic environment or leaving a position which makes you unhappy.

The question you must ask though, is why do you actually want to leave?

Even if you do want to leave the industry completely, this is a good exercise to complete. It will help you know which warning flags or issues to be aware of in your next position. This could prevent you from moving jobs, only to find the same problems follow you.

Are you leaving your job or your boss/team?

Is it the work that’s getting you down or are you struggling with the people you have to deal with every day?

If your main concern is the people you’re working with, you could find that another agency will offer an entirely different working environment. If you’re struggling with the day-to-day work you’re faced with, it may be because the sector of recruitment you’re working in is a bad fit for you.

Remember: Recruitment agencies differ greatly from sector to sector. Find out where your current agency fits on the spectrum before giving up on the industry.

Are you underpaid?

Money isn’t everything, but it does help a lot when you’re feeling undervalued. When you’re really struggling at work, a hefty payday can be all you need to keep going for the next month.

The recruitment industry is notoriously well-paid and rewards employees for their work. If you’re not seeing this, it’s not an issue with the industry but your individual agency.


What were you excited about when you first started your job?

Before you type out your letter of resignation and start racing to the door, it’s worth considering what made you excited about your job when you were first hired.

Have you fallen out of love with the work? Are you disillusioned about where you are in the company? Or have they failed to deliver on the promises they initially made you?

Are you good at your job?

If you’re disheartened but still good at your job, it could be a big mistake to leave the industry.

When you’re good at something, there’s a chance that if you’re in the right environment and challenged enough, you’ll enjoy the work.

If you leave and then decide that recruitment was actually right for you, it’ll be very difficult to get back into the industry.

What do you expect from your next job?

The grass might not actually be greener on the other side! What are you actually expecting from your next career move?

Recruiters get a lot of benefits which aren’t often found in other career paths.

• You could take a pay cut
• You may lose a sense of autonomy
• You could lose the thrill which comes from a sales position
• You may miss out on the buzzy atmosphere of a recruitment sales floor
• You could lose a lot of employee perks which come with recruitment
• You could lose the sense of achievement which comes with the job

Are you just looking for a new agency?

There’s a strong chance that the problems you’re experiencing aren’t issues with the recruitment industry as a whole. Your agency may be the biggest cause for your desire to jump ship.

If you’re on the verge of leaving recruitment and want to get an understanding for whether there’s an agency out there which will be more suited to you, get in touch. We’re always open for a confidential conversation about what you want from a role and whether we can help you achieve a position.

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