How to become a talent acquisition manager: Ray’s story

Meet Ray and find out about her life as head of talent acquisition at Universal Music UK. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

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  • Ray is responsible for finding the right people for junior and senior job roles at her company’s record labels. She also helps employees with career advice

  • Ray is dyslexic and says she struggled with academic subjects but did well in Art and Music at GCSE

  • She says you need to be able to build good relationships and a network. It is also important to be trustworthy

  • You don’t have to have formal qualifications to do Ray’s job. She got into it by getting office experience through temporary employment agencies

  • She studied Popular and World Music at university. She originally wanted to be a gospel or R&B singer

  • Ray says it is tough to get into the music industry, but she worked hard and got out there to meet people.

A similar role to a talent acquisition manager is a recruitment consultant. Recruitment consultants help employers find suitable staff, and match people to permanent and temporary jobs.

What to expect if you want to be a recruitment consultant

  • Recruitment consultant average salary: £16,000 to £40,000 per year
  • Recruitment consultant typical working hours: 38 to 40 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be a recruitment consultant?

You could get into this role via a university course, an apprenticeship, working towards this role or applying directly.

Sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service

This information is a guide and is constantly changing. Please check the National Careers Service website for the latest information and all the qualifications needed.

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