A Day in the Life of a Recruitment Consultant at Appoint Group
In July 2012, I was fresh-faced, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as a graduate emerging from university, about to dive head-first into the world of work. As most would assume, I did not plan to have a career in recruitment. No child at school says “when I grow up, I want to be a Recruitment Consultant”. Nevertheles, after a bit of research and a chat with the Careers Advisor at Uni, I thought I’d give recruitment a go.
So on seeing a job advertisement for a Graduate Trainee Recruitment Consultant at Appoint Group, I immediately applied. Coming up to two years later, I’m now a Senior Consultant (hopefully still looking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed) and still loving it for the following top five reasons…
1. The nice feeling when you get someone a job.
Now, I’m not saying I’m the Mother Teresa of the recruitment world, going about my daily life saving people from the clutches of unemployment, but there is some warm fuzzy feeling when someone gets their ‘dream job’ and you helped them get there. Whether it’s someone screaming their Hallelujahs down the phone, or just a simple email six months down the line telling you how much they are enjoying their new role, there is a definite sense of satisfaction and altruism involved.
2. The people at Appoint Group
It’s not only the job, but the people you work with, who have the biggest impact on your day-to-day happiness and contentment. If you work with grumpy scrooges who merely give you a grunt of acknowledgement on a Monday morning, it’s not an ideal start to your week. Here, there is always a friendly pat on the back and a “whoop whoop!” from colleagues in the office when you succeed. This is by far the top reason why I love my job. Everyone who works here is genuinely keen for others to make their own achievements, however small their personal accomplishment might be. We are fun, energetic and ever so optimistic. There will always be someone here to “turn that frown upside down” and tell you you’re doing great.
I once heard that you should not pick the right job, you should pick the right manager. This, I have found, to be very true. On the occasion where I might not be doing as well as I had planned in the perfect scenario in my head, the amount of support available is more than I could have ever hoped for. My managers always make themselves free to help me improve, no matter what my problem is. They are understanding and have a great sense of humour too (this is an essential requirement of working at Appoint Group, by the way).
3. The commission!
I’m not going to lie, the commission is fantastic. I now cannot imagine myself being in a job where my hard work was not rewarded. This is where people considering recruitment should take note: more effort = more money. It is always nice to buy yourself something new or save up for a holiday, knowing you have fully earned it! Hooray!
4. The cakes, donuts and endless cups of tea
Another essential requirement of working for Appoint Group is to love your food and openly discuss it at length, analysing the varying types, strengths and weaknesses of the selected food. Of course, I’m joking about this, but it is one of my top five reasons for loving Appoint Group. There is usually some form of treat going around the office, whether it be birthday cake (for a birthday), chocolate (for Easter) or another pack of custard donuts (because it’s a Tuesday).
5. Events, treats and outings
Following on from the food, we also go out for an amazing lunch every time someone new starts (secretly my favourite thing about having a new colleague). On top of this, there are end-of-quarter events to celebrate our hard work and success – in the past, this has involved wakeboarding, power-boating over to the Isle of Wight for Cowes Week and going out for dinner and a drink (or five). Always a good laugh. We also like to make fools out of ourselves at our Christmas party, dancing embarrassingly and drinking one too many glasses of wine.
We work hard too of course. But we like to enjoy what we do.
By Eve Lethbridge
Senior Consultant - Mental Health Team