Case Study – From Apprentice to Candidate specialist!

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Today’s post is focused on our superstar candidate specialist Harry and his journey from apprentice to candidate specialist…

  • What is your role at Insight and how did you get here/why did you join?

I joined Insight straight from college after gaining some relevant experience and undertook an apprenticeship scheme in Level 3 in business administration and have loved every minute since joining. A couple of my family are also in recruitment and they told me of how exciting the industry can be, but after progressing at Insight the think that has really excited me is the career path and where it can take you. After working through my apprenticeship I have progressed into a Candidate consultant role and am really enjoying, the challenges of speaking with different people and investigating new technologies. The commission comes in handy too (-:

  • What does success mean to you?

Success to me is the thought of doing better than you ever thought you would, pushing past barriers previously set by yourself or others and to be consistent when achieving targets you set yourself. I have targets every day in my role for example how many candidates I meet with either face to face or over Skype, but the extra recognition (and mickey taking) that happens in the office helps to push you on day to day.

  • What are your top tips for success?

I once heard a quote saying “The key to success is to start before your ready” and that might sum up how I started at Insight, as an apprentice that just threw myself into it. Over and above that my tips would to constantly remain positive and love what you do. In my time of working in recruitment, I have already noticed it is a crazy roller-coaster ride with its ups and downs but I have thoroughly enjoyed my time and the challenges I face every day.

  • What’s the best advice you have for anyone on the job hunt?

Perseverance. Don’t get knocked back by people saying no and continue to be proactive whilst searching.

  • What’s the best you have for anyone trying to make it in recruitment?

Be different. You will constantly see on LinkedIn and hear people bad mouthing recruiters for all of them being the same and not caring for their candidates. Put thought and effort into your work Harry 3and remember that your candidates are your most valuable assets; give them a reason to see you differently and not as just another recruiter.  For me it still amazes me when I meet candidates and they say they have never met a recruiter, I’d hope taking the time to build these relationships sets me aside.

  • With it being feel good Feb, what makes you feel good?

Developing good relationships with my candidates; being able to just call them up to have a chat and see how they’re getting on. Not every conversation has to be work related.