Meet David Johnson!

Meet David Johnson!

Recruiter Guest Post

 

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

I have been in recruitment 10 years, come November 2018. It’s crazy to think how quick it has gone. I moved into recruitment later on in my career and it was a steep learning curve. I now lead a team of recruiters. They specialise in both Permanent In-House & Freelance recruitment within SAP. Specifically, we help clients with areas such as SAP SuccessFactors, SAP Hybris, SAP Ariba, SAP FICO and many others.

Why did you choose to work within the Recruitment Industry?

I moved into recruitment because I felt that I had hit a bit of a brick wall in my role at the time. It was the type of company that had employees working there for many years, but there never seemed to be promotions or internal moves. I was passionate and hungry to succeed. But felt I’d still remain in that role for as long as I stayed. When I assessed my strengths and desire to earn money in relation to the efforts I put in. It left one option… recruitment.

What do you find most challenging as a Recruiter?

For me the most challenging aspect of recruitment is the preconceived ideas people have of recruiters. Plus how they let that impact conversations and processes from the start. I fully understand how recruiters have played their part. However I think there are many recruiters who simply want to help their clients successfully fill a role.

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

I’ve received many pieces of advice over my time in recruitment. A piece of advice that springs to mind is “Two Ears, One Mouth!”. Simply put, stop talking and listen. Although I’m approaching my 10-year anniversary, it’s still one I need to remind myself of from time to time.

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about entering the Recruitment Industry?

The best advice I can give to newcomers to recruitment is this… Be a blank canvas, if a senior recruiter or more experienced recruiter gives advice, take it and act on it without question. Too often, I see people challenging advice in a negative manner. By all means ask why, and learn the reasons, but firstly, lower your guard and run with the advice. Invariably, the advice will be correct and you will benefit. Similar to this, I always say to junior/trainee recruiters… Bring a pen & pad to meetings and make notes. Be committed, work hard and put the hours in. Above all, pick up the phone and get to know your market.

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

The advice I would give myself, is to ensure I join a recruitment business that not only says they’ll train you, but actually do it. To make sure I have a manager who does not micromanage, but cares and has a willingness to guide and drive the business.

You can connect with David on Linkedin and Twitter;

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sapdach/

https://twitter.com/DACHSAP

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