“Challenging”, “fast-paced”, “demanding” are just some of the descriptive words people used to describe a role in recruitment to me and I can definitely say they were right and it hasn’t disappointed!! I have been at Uxbridge Employment Agency for four weeks now and no one day is ever the same, if I’m not sourcing excellent candidates for the roles that we currently have I am referencing. If I am not referencing I am registering candidates to put forward for new roles and if am not busy doing that you can guarantee I will be making or answering phone calls. So, it’s fair to say it is fast-paced and can be challenging but no one can argue that it is exciting and I’m thrilled about working in recruitment!
Let’s back track a tad, my name is Sian Madigan and I have recently been employed at Uxbridge Employment Agency as Branch Resourcer in a trainee Internship. I have just finished my A-Levels in which I received two A*’s in Business Studies and a C in Media Studies and I am currently on a gap year before deciding whether to go on to University. So I guess you’re wondering how I got here?! Well to tell you the truth I have been interested in Recruitment for a year or so and decided that this would be the ideal job for me as the fast-paced environment and challenging aspects of it, truly offer job satisfaction coupled with the fact that it is a great career choice for anyone like myself who is just starting out in the ‘big wide world’ as it offers so many opportunities and career pathways.
If you have been following our recent blogs then you can see that it is a very exciting time to join Uxbridge Employment either as an employee, like myself, or a candidate or client, like you, and this blog is a great way for me to share my experiences. I hope this blog can provide an insight into ‘recruitment life’ from both sides of the interview table and help you with your recruitment process through tips and tricks along the way.
From one newbie to another...
Starting a new job can be very daunting to anyone at any stage of their career, whether it is your first ever job, or your tenth. I was extremely lucky when starting here as everyone was so welcoming that I felt a part of the team within a couple of days (thanks guys!). As much as it was the team that made me feel welcome it is always a two-way process because if I wasn’t receptive or welcoming back then it wouldn’t have gone so smoothly. So here are my top five tips and tricks to help your transition into your new job go as well as I did!
1. Be prepared
One of the most important things about starting a new job is being prepared and knowing your role. I know this may sound silly and you may think you know a lot about the role your going into, however it always best to be specific. When applying for a job you will be given a job specification and you should study this and know it like the back of your hand. If you are unsure about certain aspects of the role then research it or contact someone and get to grips with it. This will help you feel a lot more confident when you start and you won’t feel likefeel like such a newbie or drained from an overload of information.
2. Don’t be shy
Another important thing about starting a new job is to make sure you start building relationships as soon as you start – this will not only make your time at work more enjoyable but it also helps if you need advice with anything, or support when settling in. As mentioned with my own experience, it is a two way process, if I made it difficult or wasn’t as receptive towards everyone then I wouldn’t have settled in as well as I did.
Three mini tips within the tips and tricks
Smile – the friendlier you are, the quicker you settle in.
Make conversation – don’t hide behind your computer.
Remember names – especially the people next to you.
Before I started this job I had two interviews for the role and one of the very first things Liz told me was to make sure I listen to everything going on around me - four weeks on and I am still grateful for this advice! In our morning meetings I write everything down because as the day goes on so much can happen and you could forget things (not because of poor memory, it’s just throughout the day you can get easily distracted by other tasks). The more you listen, the more you take in and learn. It will also help to gain knowledge of the business and what’s going on, helping you get up and running more quickly and eventually helping you to become a successful asset to the company.
4. Ask questions
When people say there’s no such a thing as a silly question they do actually mean it! One of the things to remember is that everyone has been in your position and has had a first day, so they all know you will have lots of questions. There is however a way to be effective when asking questions rather than disturbing your colleague every two minutes, write down the questions you have and ask them when they aren’t too busy. The more you ask – the more you will get to know.
5. Don’t run before you can walk
I know you are super keen to get started – trust me, I feel the same. However, I had to remember that I had to pace myself and although it’s great to be thrown in at the deep end you still need to learn the processes inside out including all the “nitty gritty” as this will make it a lot easier when you start taking on more challenging tasks and more responsibility. Much like a bridge – if the foundation isn’t strong enough then it will be harder to build on top of it.
So, my tips and tricks all kind of roll in to one sentence: Take it all in, listen, learn, enjoy the experience and then grow!
Just a quick message to say thank you to the UEA team for making my first few weeks into recruitment as good as it has been so far! And also thank you to everyone that has read my blog and I hope it has helped in some sort of way. If you have any other suggestions or want advice on other issues then please email me at email@example.com. Look forward to hearing from you!