The life of a Trainee Recruitment Consultant… wow is it overwhelming at times. How did I get here? Am I going to hit my targets? Is this for me? Am I good at my job? These are just some questions that fly through my head every single day. So how did I get here? Well, my childhood dream was not to be a Recruitment Consultant, it was actually to become a vet (school wasn’t the easiest for me, so that went out of the window very quickly).
I fell into recruitment. When I say fell, it was actually a friend who applied for a job on my behalf and I only knew when I was invited into an interview. So technically, I was forced. However, from that day forward my life changed…. why is that? Because I secured my first ever recruitment role in January 2020 and I can honestly say, I was the happiest person on earth! I think I cried more over getting that job than I did getting engaged, but that’s a different story (it went out the window as well as my dream of becoming a vet.)
Knock, knock…who’s there? COVID! Surprise…I was made redundant like many of you out there. If you’re anything like me, my life fell apart. I was 4 weeks into my new role after leaving a job I had been at for 3 years. After many sleepless nights, lots of tears and a few bottles of wine, I secured a role at a care home in the height of the pandemic. Wow did that open my eyes. However, recruitment was still at the forefront of my mind.
Whilst working through the pandemic, I carried on applying for ‘trainee recruitment roles’. I was so determined to get back into recruitment because I knew that this was the job I wanted and honestly could not see myself doing anything else. Months passed and I started to lose hope that my dream job was becoming exactly that…a dream.
How did I know this job was for me? Well, I can talk the back legs off a donkey and I have been in the same position as a lot of people out there, hating your job and not knowing what to do with your life, so being the rational person I am, I decided to take some massive gambles so that I could be happy. There is no better feeling in the world knowing that you’re helping people who have fallen out of love with their jobs to secure their idea of a perfect role.
However, after multiple ups and downs, here I am, sat at my desk at Elizabeth Michael writing this. In all honesty, I have been wanting to write something like this for a while because I know the importance of loving your job but also finding the right company to be part of. The company plays a massive part - yes someone may offer you a lot of money which is great, but you need to take into consideration the people you will be working with. You spend more time with your team than you do with your friends/partners/parents. Your colleagues become like siblings in a way, you love them and really appreciate them but if you wind each other up, all hell breaks loose!
As a trainee you’re like a very little fish…or a shrimp… in the ocean, trying to stay afloat. You’re surrounded by successful consultants who are earning more money each week than you do a month (okay a little bit of an exaggeration, but you get the picture). Going back to my second question of ‘should I be this overwhelmed?’ YES, it is normal, you will put pressure on yourself to be like the consultants around you. The only problem is, they have been doing this for years, you haven’t, but with the right support and training, you will be like them.
In all honesty I could not be happier! For the first time in a long time, I feel part of a company, a team and a family. At my first interview I was told repeatedly Elizabeth Michael are a family. I sat there and thought ‘I have heard that before’. Seriously, the team are like a family here and I am now part of that.
I am in my second week here and feel like part of the furniture. I feel like I have known everyone here all my life. The best part is, I can be my weird self and no one bats an eyelid because we are all as crazy as each other and every single day is filled with laughter and success. What more could you want?
Don’t get me wrong, I have had a couple of roles within companies that I didn’t fit into. My last two questions that I first stated do not enter my head anymore and that is the importance of finding the right company for you. I can honestly say my team here at Elizabeth Michael are amazing and I wouldn’t want to spend nearly all of my time with anyone else!
Yes, a trainee role is hard, at some points you will doubt yourself and there will be tears because you’re overloaded with information and feel like it’s time to sink or swim. That is where Elizabeth Michael are different. Your targets are set out, explained and are so achievable. You’re trained to succeed and the management team genuinely care about you as a person and not just a number.
I actually started a week later than I should have as I caught COVID… ironic I know! I worked through the height of the pandemic, dodged covid and got it from going to a restaurant for my sister’s birthday. Better late than never I guess!
If you’re thinking about joining recruitment, do it. Yes, this past year has been hard, but it has been so worth it! If you want something you will work for it and I can tell you first hand recruitment is hard, there are highs and lows but it is so rewarding.
So, cheers to my journey with Elizabeth Michael and to my journey as a consultant. It is going to be a crazy ride!