So you’ve finally landed your first job as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant, and it ticks all the boxes as far as your dream career is concerned – great company, comprehensive training, excellent benefits and fantastic earning potential!
But like everything in life, there is a yin and yang to recruitment, and any seasoned recruitment professional will agree that a career in the industry can be one heck of a wild ride - with ups and downs and everything in between!
So as a fresh-faced Trainee Recruitment Consultant who has just entered the weird and wonderful world of recruitment, we invite you to read our 5 tips to survive your first month working in the industry.
5 Tips to survive recruitment training at Search
As a company that's thoroughly invested in professional development of Recruitment professionals across the board, our training is both comprehensive and drives ambitious and motivated Trainee Recruitment Consultants to grow and be exceptional in the industry Our seasoned Recruiters share their top tips for surviving your time as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant at Search:
1. Don't be shy to learn from the best when training to be a Recruitment Consultant
A wise Trainee Recruitment Consultant learns from the successes – and failures – of others. Ryan McKay, who joined Search as Consultant and has since progressed to Senior Consultant says, “Listen to advice from as many experienced colleagues as you possibly can. There is no such thing as a silly question, and I guarantee you’ll learn so much from those who have been there, done that and gotten the T-shirt!”
2. As a Trainee Recruitment Consultant, remember every challenge has a solution
“Even the most seasoned Recruiters still learning, and it’s important to remember that every challenge has a solution. If something goes wrong, don't panic, because it can be fixed. Rather than overthink, it’s important to remain resilient and focussed on the tasks at hand, and not take constructive criticism (or at times unpleasant feedback) personally,” says Vicky Howard, Principal Consultant for Search Accountancy & Finance.
3. Find your groove as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant
As you continue to receive recruitment training on what needs to be done to get the results you want, develop a strategy to achieve success. Yes, as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant you’ll have lots to learn with all the new systems and processes, but make sure you stick to KPI’s that you know deliver consistent results.
4. Set clear goals to achieve as you train to be a Recruitment Consultant
Set yourself a stretch goal to achieve in your first month on the job. Break it down into daily and weekly actions and stick to it. If it means getting in early to spend 90 minutes on the phone connecting with past clients do it. Keep a record of the actions you take and the results you achieve.
5. As a Recruiter in training, don't overlook your candidates
Many Recruiters make the mistake of schmoozing clients and overlooking candidates in a hurried and flurried quest to ‘follow the money’. For this reason, Nick Tagg, Managing Consultant at Search Financial Services and one of our Values Champions, recommends, “You should be respectful to everyone that you come into contact with, regardless of who they are, because you never know when you will need their help further down the line in your career.”
While a career in recruitment certainly has its fair share of ups and downs, our Recruitment Consultants agree that the rewards far outweigh any challenges thrown their way. As Ronan Keating once said ‘life is a rollercoaster’, the same applies to recruitment.
Do you know someone who could be our next Trainee Recruitment Consultant?
Do you know someone with an interest in becoming a Recruitment Consultant at Search? By taking part in our STAR referral incentive, you could earn up to £1000 if you refer someone to us. Get in touch with our Recruitment Team to find out more.