The first six months of my career in recruitment

In today’s Diary of a Recruiter, we catch up with Rebecca Mayall who is reflecting on the first six months of her recruitment career.

Rebecca joined the Recruitment Solutions team in September 2021 following an admin and reception role at a firm of solicitors. At the start of 2022 Rebecca documented what it was like to make that career switch with the Diary entry, Starting out a career in recruitment, and today we find out what it’s been like on her recruitment desk six months on…

Rebecca said:

I am now six months into my position, and in that time I have been given a lot more responsibility around both clients and candidates.

We were keen to reach the stage where I was comfortable managing my own campaigns as quickly as possible. I’m now doing this and enjoying the opportunity to get to know my own clients on a one-to-one basis.

Managing my own campaigns means I also lead the candidate preps for the clients I’m working with, so I see the process from both sides. Obviously, this means making sure the client and candidate are both right for each other, but I’m also responsible for prepping the candidates ahead of interviews and making them feel comfortable to ask us questions if they are struggling with anything.

A big part of my first six months as also been stepping out of my comfort zone to get involved in rejecting candidates, which I hate! This is an important part of any recruitment process though, as the client and candidate have to be right for each other. Another crucial part of that process, however, is making sure the candidate gets the feedback they need around why they haven’t been successful; this allows them to build confidence and move forward from it for their next interview!

The culmination of any good campaign though is the result of putting offers to candidates and having the buzz of placing them in a role they really wanted! Despite only being six months in I’ve already been lucky to be a part of that end of the process and I see it every day with the other team members – it’s the best part of our jobs!

Rebecca Mayall | Recruitment Resourcer at Recruitment Solutions

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