I am brand new to RecruitingBlogs and I'm hoping that you, as a community, can help me make a decision about the next step in my career.
I have been working in marketing and for advertising agencies for the past 6 years in and around NYC. I recently met with a recruiter who was interested in me as a candidate for one of her job orders. About half way through the meeting, however, our conversation changed. Initially we were talking about the ad agency job, but as it turns out her recruiting firm is actually looking for an "industry person" to help them build their Advertising/Media/Creative recruiting division. She mentioned the recruiting position only after I expressed an interest so I don't think she brought me in with the hopes of making me a recruiter.
I'm seriously considering the job as I have been thinking of making a change for some time, and I love the idea of helping people find positions that are right for them (the NYC ad scene is pretty hard core, but it's a great business if you can find the right agency). Also I'm excited about the opportunity to gain some sales experience while still staying close to the advertising industry. From a compensation stand point, the job would have a strong base (non-draw) and the commission percentages are good. Also it's a pretty new division to the firm so I have a feeling there is a lot of untapped opportunity with little internal competition.
My question for the community is, what do you think? If you were me (in today's economy already with an average paying job) would you change careers to become a recruiter? Do you all like what you do? Is the industry faring okay these days?
Also if any of you are in NYC advertising/media recruiting, how's it looking? Are there job orders to be had? Candidates to be found?
Thank you in advance for you help!