An Insight into Sam’s journey
What is your role at Insight and how did you get here?
I am one of the Senior Recruitment Consultants at Insight. As an ex professional tri-athlete, I started my recruitment journey 3 years ago as a resourcer working with some of the team and Sean, the MD for Insight made a lasting impression on me by the investment he puts into his staff. Over the past 3 years I’ve experienced all sides of the process, working initially as a candidate focused consultant for a large global recruitment agency, to an account manager on site at power stations throughout the UK and more recently a market specialist working for a well established UK based agency.
Sean approached me over an excellent opportunity to join a new brand for Insight focusing on Engineering and along with the freedom to work autonomously this gives me the opportunity to bring all of this experience together. I was also excited about the opportunity to work with the person who believed in me and gave me the opportunity to work in recruitment.
What does success mean to you?
Success to me is being able to provide a stable and secure future for my family. I am also getting married this year and being able to give my future wife the wedding she has always wanted is something I am very proud of and a definite sign of success (in my opinion).
One of the things I enjoy about recruitment is this success can be measured in terms of results (and I am pleased to say I’ve made 4 placements in my 1st month at Insight), however these form me are just measures of me getting towards the longer terms success of providing for my family.
What are your top tips for success?
Recruitment is an industry that will test you mentally and physically. It is so important to remain positive and believe in yourself and the others around you. Set goals and keep them at the front of you mind every day and if you get stuck do not be scared to ask for help.
What’s the best advice you have for anyone on the job hunt?
The advice I always give to my candidates is to be honest and proactive. If you say you have done something be willing to provide supporting information. If you are put forward for a job make sure you are committed. Think of things that separate you from the rest of the rest, what is unique about you?
For example I spend my time understanding the industry I work in, I’ve spent time going around different power stations for example just to understand what the engineers I place do and they appreciate me being able to talk to them about their challenge’s, I feel this stands me out from another recruiter who’s never been out from behind their desk.
What’s the best you have for anyone trying to make it in recruitment?
Start slow, don’t build your business on sand, make sure that you are focusing on the long-term gains and build relationships. Don’t expect to pick up the phone and get a job. If you take your time to develop relationships the jobs will come. Don’t be that guy who finds a candidate matched on a few buzz key words and immediately mailshot him to a list of 2000 managers, reputation is hard to build and very easy to lose.
Speak to candidates who work in an industry that you are interested in, find out what skill sets are easy to find and which one are harder to find. Speak to your managers and ask what they struggle to find, eventually you will find a niche that you can optimize. Remember at some stage all candidates become manager and managers become candidates.
With it being feel good Feb, what makes you feel good?
The best feeling I get is when a manager takes their time to compliment you on your ability and your approach as a consultant. My aim is to always deliver more than I’m asked to deliver but to get recognition for that as well makes it all worthwhile.