A role in Retail Recruitment comes under the wider career umbrella of Recruitment, which is a field that specialises in finding the right jobseekers and placing them within a company or industry that best suits them. Retail Recruitment personnel are responsible for placing jobseekers in retail environments, e.g. clothes shops or big fashion houses.
Someone working in Retail Recruitment will usually be hired by a client looking for employees (for example, a fashion outlet like House of Fraser needing to add to its fashion buying team). The retail recruiter will then have various meetings or conversations with the client to work out their exact needs, before searching for the right jobseeker for the role.
The Retail Recruiter will collate a list of options for the role by reaching out to contacts, getting in touch with recommended personnel, and advertising on traditional and social media. They will typically screen candidates before putting shortlisted jobseekers forward to the employer for interview. Recruiters often do background checks on jobseekers and ask for references.
Retail Recruitment personnel need to have good people skills for the client-facing aspect of the role, and a talent for understanding how personalities fit together in order to fit the right jobseeker to the team. A working knowledge of retail is a bonus but not essential.
Some people working in Retail Recruitment will have a background in retail, but others will have entered the field via other routes, for example a previous job in a different field of recruitment.
-Sourcing clients and developing longterm relationships to generate more business
-Sourcing and screening candidates for vacant positions
-Keeping up to date databases of talented jobseekers