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I have recently clocked up my first year in recruitment. I can honestly say it’s been great, of course like any job it has its ups and downs, but overall it’s been a brilliant introduction to the industry. The key thing for me has been the amount of training and support I have received throughout the year. I joined Meet with no significant sales experience and a pretty unconventional working history. I also had some initial reservations about recruitment given the reputation of certain companies.
If I rewind even just 18 months I certainly wouldn’t have predicted that this is where I would find myself. I was coming to the end of a 6 month ski season in the French Alps, and whilst I knew it was time to ‘grow up’ and get a ‘real job’, I didn’t really have a clear idea of what I wanted to do. At Uni I had decided against pursuing the standard undergraduate internships during my holidays and instead decided to spend the summers working as a lumberjack. A decision I definitely started to question upon graduating, as whilst it was pretty well paid and funded several holidays, along with giving me a decent tan, cutting down trees offered very little in the way of transferrable skills I could apply to the type of career I envisaged.
As such, during the spring of 2014, I started to consider my options, I knew that I wanted to move to London, and after 3 years as a student and another 6 months on a chalet host salary I knew I wanted something that offered the chance to earn decent money. I was always confident that I had a strong work ethic, although I perhaps hadn’t applied this in conventional means, and I certainly felt I was a good communicator. It was at this point that I was looking after several guests who encouraged me to look into recruitment. Certainly many aspects of recruitment seemed appealing, in particular the competitive nature of the work and the opportunity to quickly earn decent money.
Once I returned to the UK I immediately started looking into recruitment. During several of my initial interviews I faced the predictable questions about my background and how I could relate my various ‘experience’ to recruitment. However from the minute I met Paul and the guys at Meet I was encouraged that with the right attitude and enthusiasm along with some good training and guidance I would be able to forge a successful career at Meet, even without a conventional sales background.
The first couple of weeks were focussed on the basic principles of recruitment and gaining an understanding of the pharmaceutical industry. This provided a great introduction to the world of recruitment and gave me a solid foundation to hit the ground running. At this point of course you are expected to find your own way to an extent and really throw yourself into it, but I was by no means abandoned. Throughout this first year I have worked closely with both my Team Leader Nick, and Blaze, our Internal Recruitment and Development Manager, to hone the skills I was taught initially and identify upon weaker areas.
Whilst I still have a long way to go and a lot to learn, I am really pleased with start I have made, and with a plan in place and my targets set for my next promotion to Senior Consultant I couldn’t be more excited for the next 18 months.