Meet Daniel Tee

Meet Daniel Tee

Recruiter Guest Post


Tell me a bit about you and the industry you currently recruit for?

I’m a consultant with Robert Walters in the Melbourne Office (Australia). I recruit in the Accounting & Finance space with a Financial Services focus. I’ve been in the role for nearly a year and a half and prior to that was on the other side of the fence as a Banker.

Why did you choose to work within the Recruitment Industry?

Like everyone I fell into the role after not enjoying my job as a banker and realised that my favourite job prior to recruitment was involved in sales and dealing with people. Naturally I always had a gut feel that I would be good with “HR” or “Recruitment”. As I’m probably one of the few people that enjoy interviews and the process. I actually e-mailed the internal recruiter for my first job at BUPA Insurance about going for a coffee with her. Because I was interested in doing an internal role! Looking back it’s quite funny. She would have just made the placement and wanted me to stay in exactly the spot I was !

What do you find most challenging as a Recruiter?

Most challenging thing about being in recruitment is maintaining the balance between being emotionally invested. So that you care about your candidates, clients / outcomes. But also know how to have emotional discipline not to be too invested. So it clouds your judgement which results in negative outcomes. Everyone has good and bad days but the good recruiters can roll with the punches and find the perfect balance. Between having empathy and understanding, but also know how to take their emotion out of it when they need to.

To date what’s the best piece of advice you have received?

Best piece of advice I’ve received is you have to make an “impact”. You have to leave an impression, positive feeling or stand-out to everyone that you meet. I really only started understanding this recently and it’s becoming more and more true now.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career within Recruitment?

Advice for anyone considering recruitment is that it’s not for everyone. But if you genuinely enjoy working with people, enjoy the process and get a satisfaction from seeing other people ‘make it.’ It can be a very rewarding career. This can reward you intrinsically. Plus from a financial perspective it can reward you and give you a really blessed lifestyle. You will also have a demand for your skillset globally wherever in the world you go!

Lastly if you could go back in time and give yourself some advice 3 months into being a Recruitment Consultant what would it be?

Advice to myself would be, remember what it felt like to be 3 months in and have no idea. Remember the work you put in and the results that got you to where you are and never forget those fundamentals. The reason for your success isn’t a magic bullet. But the fundamental ‘non-sexy’ things and the work you’ve put in day in, day out. The work you put in and can’t see an immediate pay-off for. Will pay off in the end. Have some blind faith and continue to trust the process.

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