What It’s Like to… Go Into Recruitment

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As I mentioned last week, I am aware that I’ve not been very personal in a while, and that I wanted to change that. With that in mind, there’s no interview today, but I will be explaining a little about what I’ve been up to.

I left Big Japanese Company back in July, and that was a big step for me. It was a little easy and I had a good routine going, but I knew I wanted to do more. So I joined Small Media Company as a PA. In my interview, the boss was pretty unwelcoming, but the role would have given me a lot of experience in things I wanted to do. I ended up doing a lot more personal things for the boss than I did the things I wanted to do, and Boss and I were equally unhappy with each other. I left not long after I joined. It was a good experience looking back, and I know now to not go for a job when I don’t feel 100% in the interview.

So I sat down and thought long and hard about what I wanted to do. I wrote a big list of things I like doing. I like making other people happy. I like getting my head down and working really hard. I enjoy talking about other people’s jobs.

I decided to get into recruitment.

I now work in a medium sized specialist recruitment company, which deals only with one field. My “desk” is the European area of this company, and I help people get jobs in Europe.

I’m getting ahead of myself a little. Before I chose this company I did SO much research – and that’s something I recommend for people wanting to get into recruitment themselves. There are so many different companies out there – big recruitment companies who deal with all kinds of jobs, specialist ones, very very niche ones. You also have internal recruiters in companies, who will work for one salary and not commission like I do. Each company will have its own training programme so you have to look into what would suit you. I didn’t want to go through 3 stages of interviews and 6 weeks of classroom learning, I wanted to be thrown in.

My colleagues are a little varied, but are mainly early 20’s, high energy, and very outgoing. I’d say it’s 80% guys, but there’s not a “bro” culture, though there is a fair amount of banter that goes on. Everyone is really lovely, and it’s not a cut throat environment like it could be. The differences between this and being a PA create a list that stretches long, but I’d say the main difference is that in recruitment it really is non-stop. No mobile phones on desks, no coffee making during “phone hours”, just pick up the phone and call people. It’s my second week in and I really am pretty exhausted. My mind slips every now and then and thinks about something else, but I’m getting better at sticking my mind into the right mode.

Right now, my job involves phoning up candidates and checking their current situation. Have they changed jobs since we last spoke with them? Are they looking for more money than they told us 6 months ago? Are they happy where they are for the time being?

Then, when jobs come through, I have to go through and look for people that match that spec. I had one come in yesterday and the company is looking for someone very particular, so I have been phoning people, asking if they fit the description and if they are interested.

It’s probably the hardest I’ve worked – or at least equal to crunch-time when translating at Nintendo. The hours as a recruiter are long – 8am to 6pm, and the noisy office with everyone picking up the phone all the time can be overwhelming at first. But there are really great parts – when someone makes a placement, the whole office does a mexican wave. There’s free breakfast (more cereal than I can ever imagine to eat!) We go to the pub on Friday nights, and my colleagues really are great people.

All this means that I am pretty exhausted when I come home and I do want to curl up and watch The Good Wife and then fall asleep. Which is why I’ve been skipping blogging days recently.

As always, if you have questions then do let me know. I’m still new in my job, but I might be able to help. I’m happy to be here now, and I wish I’d thought of it sooner.

Now I’m going to watch The Good Wife and fall asleep…

 

Comments

  1. Juhu!! Congratulations!! I am so happy for you that you’ve finally landed somewhere that’s making you happy (and in exhausted in a good way, I hope?!). Terrific news 🙂
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  2. Blimey – sounds tiring but positive atmosphere which is super important! Looking forward to hearing more 🙂
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