Becoming a recruiter was a gradual decision for me, previously my career was in customer service and I’d advanced to a level where I was recruiting and managing my own teams. I really enjoyed this aspect of the job as an extension of my service career as the careers of entire teams were under my watch. That’s when I started thinking about working in recruitment.
Because I’d already experienced a lot of the practical side of recruitment; conducting interviews, matching candidates with the right opportunities and communication and rapport building, I felt really comfortable going into my official recruitment career at TwoScots and definitely had a head start. Since then, I have learned a hell of a lot more, especially around the advertising and sourcing of roles as well as the ability to work really quickly and be extremely responsive to the market.
But I’m not done learning, in fact a new challenge comes up every day and that has really tested and developed my resilience. It’s also developed my soft skills, such as finding a balance between being personable and being in control of and running a successful process.
The consulting piece has also been a real learning curve that is continuous. I need to be abreast of the market, multiple industries and different personalities at once in order to create a correct match which means that no two days look the same – a big pro for me as my job is never boring!
That’s another real appeal for me, being part of a team who are always on the go and really compete every day to be extraordinary. The really phenomenal thing is that even though we’re a really competitive bunch who strive for excellence the prevailing atmosphere is of collaboration and camaraderie.