I am a qualified CIMA accountant and worked in finance in the Marcomms industry since I graduated from university. Until last year, I was a finance manager at a media agency in London and on a good career path in finance within that industry. However, towards the end of 2018 I made the decision to change my career and, to cut a long story short, I decided to become a recruitment consultant for a small recruitment consultancy specialising in placing finance & HR candidates into marcomms agencies i.e. the sector and skillset that I was familiar with.
The recruitment consultancy I joined is different. The owner and my current manager is a qualified ACA accountant from the Marcomms Sector and my other colleagues are either qualified or have worked directly with accountants. I didn’t know any other consultancies that could claim that of all of their consultants.
I’ve now been working at VisionFR for just over one year and learnt so much more than I thought I ever would. Here are the top 10 things I’ve learnt in my first year:
- You have to learn to multi-task like you’ve never multitasked before
- Organisation is key!
- The highs are the best! There’s nothing like placing someone in their dream role and having a happy client.
- You must learn to pick yourself back up from disappointment quickly and crack on with the next task.
- Expect the unexpected – you think you’ve absolutely nailed a placement and the candidate seems very positive and the client seems super positive… then someone will change their mind OR…
- You can work on a role for weeks, and then the job brief will change so you have to start from square one
- You must learn to be very flexible with your time. Before work, lunchtimes and after 5pm are usually the best times for candidates to catch up with you. So, I try to time my break between 3-4 rather than the usual lunchtime!
- It’s super important to meet candidates regardless of whether you have a job for them or not. Candidates often don’t realise that although we don’t have a vacancy right now… we may tomorrow. If they are on our system and we feel they are suitable, they will be put forward for a role first!
- A lot of people don’t respect recruiters. This is mostly because they don’t fully appreciate or understand what good recruiters do. We’ll cover this is more depth in a subsequent post!
- People apply for jobs but don’t respond when you reply to them….I don’t understand why!