I started to write this blog with annoyance, but the more I wrote, the more I actually felt empowered and excited about the amazing chance we have to help people in their careers.
I have been recruiting for almost 12 years now. I started in textiles and then began working for clothing and footwear manufacturers/suppliers in a mix of product development and sales roles. I am genuinely not a ‘salesy’ person but I am deeply passionate, and if you ask my work colleagues and friends about me, they’ll tell you this passion can be directed at anything from the latest role I am recruiting for, to food (just a simple sandwich), OR even a new pen or (my downfall) a leather bag!
The end goal for me as a recruiter is to find the best possible talent for the roles/clients I am working with. I thrive on speaking to an amazing candidate and then calling or emailing my client and booking them in. I love building a solid working relationship with both parties. I still work with people I worked with back in my first year at Success (2006).
To be a hungry, dynamic recruiter you clearly have to be motivated in some way by the money. However, this does not have to be your main driver. Good recruiters will be paid well enough on their basics to not have to throw mediocre CVs at clients in the hope of a small fee.
In the last five years, all recruiters have had to adapt to new ways of working. We are rarely the first to the candidate pool any more, with the likes of in-house talent teams and LinkedIn competing; we constantly have to think outside the box when searching for great people. But we genuinely accept this and are not discouraged by the challenge.
Frustration & honesty
Yes, we face challenges every day – particularly when dealing with people who have their own pressures and agendas, just like all businesses. We always say that as ex-retailers, our stock walks and talks and thinks, and sometimes makes what we consider to be bad decisions. So frustrations do come in and it is all about honesty and being straightforward, not skirting around an issue.
A heartfelt plea
We want clients and candidates to understand that we just want to do the job that we love. If we are asked for help, then help us to help you. Please don’t be frustrated with us because we’ve called you at a bad time for you. Supply us with as much information as we need to recruit for you or place you in your dream role. Recruiters can be given a rough ride in a tough industry and we always try and make sure that relationships remove that risk.
If you would like to have an informal discussion, please contact Emma Ramsden here about the roles we are currently working on.
Edited by Red Squirrel Digital.