How to Succeed in Recruitment

If you’re embarking on a career in recruitment and want to get off on the best possible foot, we have some advice to help you hit the ground running, and ultimately succeed. Recruitment can be a tough gig, but with the right attitude and the necessary tools, it can also be an incredibly rewarding one. Below we have outlined some tips to keep you motivated on your hard days, consistent with your good days, and making a great impression right from your first day…

Find a Company That Invests in You

The first and most important step in a successful recruitment career is to get your foot in the door of a great company (like ours!) that invests in its people. You cannot thrive in the wrong environment, and this is especially true for those of you who are coming in fresh with no prior sales experience. There’s a lot to learn, and starting out in a supportive environment with a solid training scheme is the best and most effective way to set you up for the rest of your career. Our industry expert trainers want to see you succeed, and will push, challenge and support you until you can do so on your own two feet.

Embrace Mistakes

Being afraid to make mistakes is understandable when starting out in a new career, however it’s important to keep in mind that they are a vital part of learning, we all make them, and avoiding them will ultimately keep you stuck. It’s better to fluff a call to a candidate and learn from it, then be too scared to pick up the phone in the first place!

Time and time again we see the world’s greatest leaders credit their ultimate success to the errors they made along the way, so start seeing mistakes as invaluable opportunities to learn, and remember… the best time to make them is at the beginning on your career (the sooner you get them out of the way, the quicker you grow!).

Keep Your End Goal in Mind

As with any job, recruitment will bring good days, bad days, and everything in between. The nature of the business means we are at the mercy of the market, and naturally some periods will be tougher than others. It’s precisely for this reason that resilience is such a fundamental trait we look for when recruiting internally, and why we probe people on their motivators and aspirations.
When the going gets tough, it’s important to remember your why (in any sales role this usually translates to your financial goals). Perhaps you’d like to get on the property ladder in the next couple of years, maybe you’re saving up for the trip of a lifetime, or perhaps you have dreams of giving back to your family. Whatever they may be – goals are what get us out of bed in the morning, and what keep us powering through obstacles in order to secure those deals!

Be Honest and Self-Aware

One of the mistakes we often see people making when starting out in this industry is trying to conceal their shortcomings, and not asking for help when they need it. Your mentors and trainers are there to support you, and are not expecting you to be polished in every aspect of the job… particularly when you’re just starting out! Even the most experienced recruiters have aspects of the job they are better at than others, and if we don’t know your blind spots – we can’t help you work through them!

We would always rather employees be upfront about their strengths and weaknesses straight from the get-go, than to inevitably find out about them for ourselves further down the line. So get comfortable at asking for help when you need it, and remember that being self-aware is a skill in itself! It shows maturity, accountability and a desire to grow; all fundamental aspects in building a successful career!

Utilise Your Environment

Being in an office environment is a great opportunity to learn from others, so don’t waste it! You have a tribe of recruiters at your fingertips, each with their own unique ways of working, sales pitches and tricks of the trade. Some of NV’s longest standing consultants have been at the company for over 17 years, and there’s a lot to be learned from them. Ask questions, be observant, and absorb as much as you can!

So, remember…

… the best thing you can do to excel in recruitment is to throw yourself in at the deep end, show up each day with a positive attitude, and use every opportunity at your disposal to develop further. Progress isn’t always a linear process but as long as you’re learning, you’re growing. You’ll be amazed how far you can go, and the doors this industry can open for you!

If you’d like some more tips and guidance why not read What Does a Tech Recruitment Consultant Do?  and How to Answer Tough Interview Questions  . Good luck!

We are always looking for new talent who embodies the traits outlined above, so if you think you have what it takes… we want to hear from you! Reach out to us today for a confidential chat on:

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