A day in the life of a new Recruiter

A day in the life of a new Recruiter

 24 May 2018

Coming into recruitment with little experience can be daunting at first, but the one thing to remember is that you will always find your flow. The amount of work that can come in (even just overnight) can be intimidating but with perseverance and a forward-thinking attitude, your planning and hard work will pay off. Once you find your feet it’s a job that can be rewarding for you, your candidates and your clients.
 
The task I was probably most hesitant about doing was using the phone to speak to candidates. Going on the phone is just like “ripping off a band aid” – Confidence comes in time, but you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take, so you need learn through practice. It builds up your confidence having conversations with candidates (and in time clients) as it helps you learn more about the roles you’re recruiting for because, who better to talk to about a position than someone with the knowledge and the background of that position?
 
A quality I have come to realise that all recruiters need is to have a positive attitude. It’s almost a competitive sport working in the recruitment industry, jobs can come in quickly and be filled just as fast. So, don’t lose heart if you miss out on a role because experience creates proficiency, skills you have gained/improved on will only aid you in succeeding next time around. Something I always like to tell myself if I’m feeling disappointed is, if you believe in yourself anything is possible.
 
A simple thing that I have come to recognise which is a great way to receive positive feedback is adding that little personal touch. This could be for example adding a bit of ‘personality’ to your emails, many companies tend to just copy and paste the same messages to everyone, over and over. It becomes robotic and puts barriers between your communication. Show people you care by taking the time to reply to someone and put effort into the messages and correspondence.
 
Building up a relationship with clientele is one of the most rewarding responsibilities. Working well with someone and achieving a successful outcome is all that anyone wishes for in any job/industry. So that’s why an easy task like taking the time to get to know someone can be advantageous to all parties. Whether it’s candidates having a chat to help you understand aspects of a role better or clients putting their faith in you because they trust you can find a good person to fill that job.
 
Overall my first few weeks starting as a budding young recruitment consultant have been rather busy, to say the least! I’m excited to see what this year has in store for me here at RED. Now the quote I’m going to part on (and this is a shout out particularly to my fellow new recruiters out there) is, “Hiring the right people takes time, the right questions, and a healthy curiosity” – Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group.
 
Written by Cara Clark

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