Insight into Abi Kirkpatrick.. From flipping cars to flippin’ good recruiter!

What is your role at Insight and how did you get here?

My role at Insight is Operations Management Specialist within the Engineering division of the company. When I left uni I delivered pizza for a few months and met my next manager. He directed a company specialising in recruitment in Logistics and Oil & Gas, which we got chatting about when I delivered his pizza faced-down on his garden path. When the oil & gas industry took a turn for the worst, I spent the next few months travelling around Asia. When I’d spent every last penny on beer and shenanigans I headed home and joined a well-known car rental brand. Long story short, I flipped a C-class Mercedes Benz on its roof and decided that wasn’t the career for me… and that I’m a terrible driver. I wanted to get back into recruitment and make more money to fund my social life. I then delved into graduate recruitment, briefly, but found the marketplace and the earning potential didn’t match what I was looking for. I wanted to get back into technical recruitment in an industry where I could be a bit of a geek and have less month at the end of my money, that brings me to Insight.

What does success mean to you?

Success to me is always just over the horizon. I find when you meet the goals you’ve set you always have new ones in mind to go after. To me this is really important and helps me with the early mornings. Not struggling for money and living like a student is goal number 1.

What are your top tips for success?

Don’t settle and make sure you’re always moving forward. I also think in life you have to back yourself, because no one else will. Even if you don’t think you’re the best in the room, fake it until you make it. Then someday you’ll look around and realise everyone was thinking the same thing. You’ll go from looking for the ‘adultier’ adult for advice to realising that’s now you and you’re still guessing 80% of the time. Keep setting goals, keep reaching for them and don’t take life too seriously.

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

Don’t rush. Interview a few times and don’t take the first job you’re offered. I think it’s important to give yourself a bit of exposure to different companies to ensure that when you make your decision, you can be confident in it. I also think it’s important to pick a recruiter you trust to help you. It’s what you know and who you know, first and foremost it’s an invaluable way to increase your network.

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

Don’t forget the basics and don’t take rejections personally. Resilience Is really important, as is drive. If you can’t find a way to motivate yourself you’re in the wrong industry

Tell us about yourself on a personal level – when you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?

I’d love to say the gym but that would be an absolute lie. Typically, I spend all my money on food and beer. My focus personally is now trying to adult better.