When I first joined White Horse in May 2019, I had no experience of recruitment whatsoever. The industry was alien to me. My previous jobs have been in retail, which despite being customer facing and dealing with people every day, recruitment was still a major culture shock.
The biggest surprise of the “world of recruitment” was undoubtedly the ups and downs. No amount of training could prepare you for the emotional rollercoaster of recruitment. From making a successful business development call, to a candidate pulling out of the interview process; winning an assignment from a new client, then candidates not answering your calls and emails; then the thrill of making your first placement, only to have the candidate accept a counter offer 3 days before their start date.
Of course, there’s more to recruitment than just this. I mean, who could forget the wealth of knowledge you are forced to take in from day one, as well as the variety of skills required in order to succeed. Negotiating, cold-calling, warm-calling, networking, the list is endless! Then of course there’s the added knowledge of specialism (if you were to specialise within a specific sector, of course). For example, being an Accountancy and Finance specialist has forced me to learn a considerable amount about my field (shock horror!)
So, there you have it. A summary of what I have learned in my first 9 months of recruitment. I’ve certainly realised that a successful career in recruitment requires perseverance, enthusiasm, but most importantly dedication. Recruitment certainly isn’t for the faint hearted.