We asked Tom, one of our lovely home-grown recruitment consultants, some questions about working at an IT Recruitment agency. Starting here at 17, he’s worked really hard to get where he is today. Here’s what he had to say.
- Describe your career to date:
Over the past 3 years I believe my career has been fast paced, somewhat like a rollercoaster from week to week with both ups and downs. Sometimes recruitment can be stressful but luckily here at Barclay Anderson we have a great team and we are still able to enjoy the great times of all our successes
- What do you enjoy most about working at Barclay Anderson?
Barclay Anderson has a unique culture, they really care about who they employ and enjoy taking the time to help them progress with the careers. I enjoy working in a recruitment position with a good / friendly team around me who are always willing to help and support to the best of their abilities. We do also enjoy good times out of the office on all expensed days / nights out!
- What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened with a client or candidate?
Speaking with candidates and clients all day we do see / hear some funny stories, one of the best ones has to be when one of our candidates were being interviewed, all they wanted to find out was the sick pay regulations (not a great idea at interview stage!)
- Give me a brief outline of your day:
Once we have sorted through a number of emails from clients / candidates in the morning we would normally asses what has to be done within the day, what clients are in need of urgent IT Specialists and start approaching relevant job boards and social media sites in order to find these candidates (we use different techniques which take great training and practice to master including Headhunting and Networking)
- What do you think are the most important skills needed to be a recruiter?
To be a successful recruiter I believe you need to have staying power, determination and a great attention to detail in order to be able to focus on the small elements of the role that other people forget! (In recruitment you need to be able to manage all parts of the process, one small mistake can make a long process fall apart)
- What would be a really good day for you at the office?
For me, a fantastic day in the office would be to match up a number of prospective clients with a number of great candidates and make some successful placements.
- What are you most proud of achieving at work?
I think with the help of the management team I have had a number of achievements in IT recruitment. I believe my most recent achievement is successfully placing a programme management and business analysis function into a major blue chip organisation in the Midlands.
- How would you summarise the recruitment industry at the moment?
Working in recruitment you notice a drastic change in the market from time to time. I think at the moment there are far more opportunities out in the world than there are candidates who can fill them because there are a lot of jobs and not so many candidates. The recruitment industry seems very fast paced at the moment and Barclay Anderson believe over the next few months this will slowly change and it will start to even out!
– Millie McCormick