This week we welcomed a new team member to the Cpl Healthcare Nursing Team and all the team were asked to contribute to training our new colleague. It doesn’t feel like that long ago I started my own recruitment journey and sat on the edge of my seat taking in every word my mentor said. Now it’s my turn to be the mentor and I realised that this trainee would take everything I said as gospel and it got me thinking about the knowledge I had actually built up in my year and a half in the role and how I was going to help this trainee make a good go of this job!
Given the task to impart my knowledge of recruitment and the industry I work in has made me think more about my job. Recruitment is all about managing your desk, being organised, good time management, sourcing candidates, marketing and building a name for yourself in this industry. As I start telling our new Trainee Recruiter how best to develop and manage her desk I started to ask, ‘how well am I actually working, and am I practicing what I preach’?
In recruitment it is so easy to get caught up on a particular task, be it a project, sourcing for a particular role or even getting bogged down with administration. Soon you realise you are ignoring other important parts of your job. Am I managing my time as I have suggested in my training? How high is my activity, how many calls am I making to clients and candidates, am I doing enough business development and getting new jobs on, am I maintaining a good presence on social media? The thing is we all know how to run a good desk but do we always do it? By showing my new colleague how to run her desk it has really opened my eyes, maybe I am not running my desk as best as I could. I recommend all Recruitment Consultants take the time to review this; it’s amazing how you can pick up bad habits or even get stuck in your ways over the years. With a new Trainee on board it’s a good time to make some changes and practice what you preach, it may even help make your desk more successful and inevitably make your more money.
Annmarie Kelly BBS (Hons), NRF cert RP| Recruitment Consultant| Cpl Healthcare
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