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The First Six Months in Recruitment - My Experience

about 1 month ago by Kieran Duncan-Johal

​What have you enjoyed the most?

I have enjoyed working with the team and the collaboration that comes with it. The sense of teamwork and shared goals makes every day and every deal incredibly rewarding. What I enjoy most about recruitment is the dynamic nature of the job and the opportunity to match the right candidate with the right position. Building relationships with clients and candidates, understanding their needs, and contributing to their success is gratifying. The fast-paced environment keeps me engaged and motivated.

What were your first impressions vs reality?

Initially, I underestimated the importance of networking in recruitment. I thought success would primarily depend on individual skills and knowledge. Building a strong network has proven to be important for success and growth. Listening to colleagues in the business and learning from their extensive knowledge of their respective markets through networking is incredibly powerful. This deeper level of engagement has shown me how essential connections and relationships are in achieving success in recruitment. Networking opens doors to new opportunities and provides invaluable insights and support, making it a fundamental aspect of thriving in the recruitment industry.

What have you found most challenging?

The most challenging aspect has been maintaining consistent communication with everyone involved. Coordinating effectively with clients, candidates, and colleagues requires constant effort and attention. Keeping everyone on the same page can be difficult but essential for smooth operations. Ensuring that updates are timely, expectations are managed, and information flows seamlessly is a demanding task. Despite these challenges, mastering effective communication is crucial for building trust, preventing misunderstandings, and achieving successful outcomes in recruitment.

What skills have you used from past experience in recruitment and what new skills are you learning?

Social skills from my past experiences have been incredibly important in my recruitment career, especially in building relationships and establishing trust and rapport with clients and candidates. These skills have enabled me to communicate effectively, understand the needs and motivations of others, and foster strong professional connections. Additionally, I am continuously learning a lot about the recruitment industry by speaking to numerous experts and spending time out in the field. This hands-on experience allows me to gain valuable insights into market trends, industry demands, and best practices.

How are you tackling learning about the technical side of agriculture and horticulture?

I am tackling the technical side of agriculture and horticulture by actively seeking out conversations with knowledgeable professionals in the field. Engaging with experts allows me to gain insights and understanding that are not easily found in books or online resources. I also spend as much time as possible outside the office, learning hands-on by visiting clients and observing their practices firsthand. This practical experience is invaluable in deepening my technical knowledge. Additionally, I make a point to regularly read industry-relevant information such as Farmers Weekly, which keeps me updated on the latest trends and developments. Attending trade shows like Cereals also helps me stay informed about new technologies and innovations.

Advice to others?

My advice to others looking to start a career in recruitment is to remember that you get out of it what you put into it. Hard work and dedication will always generate the best results. Stay committed, be proactive and continually seek opportunities to learn and grow. Networking and building strong relationships can also make a significant difference, as they open doors to new opportunities and provide valuable support. Embrace challenges as learning experiences, and never underestimate the importance of perseverance and a positive attitude in achieving your goals.

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