Chelsea Flynn, swapping the Cayman Islands for sunny Manchester – Why not?
What is your role at Insight and how did you get here?
My role at Insight is Senior Recruiter, specialising in placing .Net Developers across the North West. I used to work under Sean over 5 years ago in my first recruitment position within another recruitment firm, I then lived and worked in Boston in the US, recruiting in the Engineering space and then onto the Cayman Islands recruiting for Finance and Legal professionals and now here I am – full circle, recruiting under Sean again at Insight. I was thrilled to come onboard.
What does success mean to you?
Success to me is making an impact and adding value. I get a huge amount of satisfaction from feeling like I’ve made a difference (as cheesy as that sounds!) I’m incredibly ambitious and always on the lookout for what’s next. How can I improve? What can I do better? I’ve learnt a lot in my 6-year recruiting career so far and I’ve learnt that I’ve been most successful when I’m able to feel passionate about what I’m doing so my goals have changed from merely financial, they’re now more focused around how I can professionally develop my relationships, become more credible, become a trusted partner, be known for my integrity. I think your reputation, particularly as a Recruiter, is extremely important and this is vital for success.
What are your top tips for success?
Stay focused. Success doesn’t happen overnight and I have to remind myself of this constantly as I’m very impatient! Also, identify a role model, someone you aspire to be like either personally or professionally and mirror their attributes. Of course, talent is important in any industry but I am a believer that hard work can trump talent. Having specific goals is crucial too. You have to know what you’re working for and what you’re trying to achieve, this will help to keep you motivated.
What’s the best advice you have for anyone on the job hunt?
Do all the basics like having an updated CV, LinkedIn, posting your CV on job boards and applying to vacancies you see online but also go above and beyond. Think outside of the box. In a highly competitive market, you need to ask yourself how you can set yourself apart from all the other candidates out there. Try and be strategic: come up with a list of your target employers, research them thoroughly, know their business and even if they don’t have any immediate openings, still present them with your CV but make sure you highlight how and why you can add value to them. If you use multiple recruitment firms, just like you would with the companies you wish to work for, do your research and keep track of where your CV has been sent for follow ups.
What’s the best advice you have for anyone trying to make it in recruitment?
Be resilient. You get a lot of no’s in this business, whether that’s from candidates who aren’t necessarily looking for a new career right away or from contacts who aren’t open to working with you immediately, but if you love what you do and you’re passionate about what you do, you’ll be able to pick yourself back up and seek out new opportunities to demonstrate how you can add value.
Tell us about yourself on a personal level – when you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?
I have two little ones: a 2-year-old and a 5-month-old so they keep me busy!!