Recruitment has always been a notoriously a difficult industry to work in. Some will tell you it's a stressful and high pressure career, others will tell you it's highly fulfilling and financially rewarding. Some will tell you it’s the most stressful, ‘soul-destroying’ career you could choose. Others will tell you it’s a highly fulfilling and financially rewarding career path.
We speak to our newest rookie Oliver Pleasants on his recruitment journey over the last 6 months.
Why did you choose recruitment?
During my time at University studying History, I hadn't spent too much time thinking about the future and what I'd be doing. Luckily, my girlfriend decided we should start thinking, and dragged me along to a careers fair at the beginning of my final year at University. Here, I met with Jon the Director of Adeptis and Shannon the Operations Manager, and put my details down. In all honesty, I hadn't thought about recruitment before, but working in a sales position throughout my time at University gave me an introduction with working towards KPIs, building relationships and helping people; so recruitment at Adeptis Group seemed like a good natural step.
What was your perception on recruitment and the industry before you started?
Before I got started at Adeptis, I had obviously done some research as to what recruitment is all about and arrived on the first day with a preconceived idea as to take the recruitment world by storm (I was naïve!). Now I realise that without fully experiencing a day as a recruiter, all the previous research will not indicate as to how tough this job can be. I think the fact that because the principles of recruitment are straight forward, it lulls individuals into a false sense of confidence when starting as they think it is as simple as linking A to B... It isn't! I was quick to learn how much can go wrong and my perception of recruitment and the daily activity behind it changed drastically even after my first day.
What have been the biggest challenges since joining Adeptis?
During the first couple of months, I tended to invest too much emotion into each process and would take it to heart when something went wrong. When a candidate would drop out or not turn up to an interview, it would affect my other work and distract me from performing to the best of my ability for some days after. This would then have a knock-on effect and my other processes may suffer. I quickly learnt to not invest too much emotionally and learnt how to pick myself up and go again. Another challenge I faced was candidate control. I didn't believe in my ability as a recruiter at first and had to grow in confident in order to become more authoritative. I feel like I am getting there now, but there's still a lot to learn!
What are the biggest lessons you have learned?
Going on from what my challenges were, learning to not get too emotionally invested has definitely been a huge lesson that has helped with my progression asa recruitment consultant. Also, keeping organised has been vital. I got a diary for Christmas and this has helped loads! Mainly though, developing resistance has been crucial to tackling your workload every day. In this profession, you deal with many rejections and set-backs and so learning how to deal with these and use the setbacks to help you propel you into your next process or next opportunity is necessary for recruitment survival! On this, learning how to celebrate the small wins is important for morale and motivation. You won't get the rub of the green every day or every week, and so knowing when to pat yourself on the back and enjoy the good bits when things do go well will give you the motivation to get through the harder periods throughout the role.
Finally, what advice would you give yourself if you could go back before you started?
To enjoy the process of learning, ask more questions and absorb as much as you can! Working in an environment like this provided me with huge opportunities to learn from a variety of experienced recruiters that all have different ways in which they do things and they all make it work for them. So if I could go back, I would ask even more questions, listen to even more calls and take even more notes. At the start of your recruitment career, there won't be a period where you don't need to ask questions, so don't think you'll look silly by asking as each colleague has been in the same position. Additionally, I'd tell my old self that every candidate and client you speak to are just human! It is easy to see a job title or employer and think that they won't respect you as a junior recruiter, but everybody (well, most!) I have spoken to has been informative, helpful and eager to listen which has been a confidence boost.