Recruiter Guest Post
Tell me a bit about you and the industry you currently recruit for?
I’m a senior recruitment consultant at TEC Group with over 5 years experience. I specialise in Life sciences recruitment; it is a field that depends on innovation, excellence and the highest standards. From drug development, trial to commercial deployment, there are no mistakes in a field that is leant-upon by whole populations. Therefore the standard of the very best professionals is second to no other industry which mirrors my own beliefs.
Away from this I’m a rugby has been! Former quins now a weekend player who tries to stay competitive – works well with recruitment.
Why did you choose to work within the Recruitment Industry?
“I didn’t choose recruitment chose me” – that’s the answer I’d want to give, but in reality I’ve always been great at connecting with people at a variety of levels and understood the wider impact of getting the right talent in. A friend of mine from when I was a good rugby player worked in recruitment and told me with my natural “charm” and “understanding” I would suit it.
I listened to his advice and since helped a great number of exciting companies place the right people at a senior level making a number of great connections. Also deep down I am incredibly competitive and wanted to do better than him!
What do you find most challenging as a Recruiter?
I would say its staying up to date with the market and making every conversation count. The people that understand the life science market best are the candidates involved and the market changes literally everyday. Whether its AstraZeneca buying out a small pharma or a Drug in development failing its trials, the changes directly effect you and being proactive rather than reactive with these changes is what keeps you ahead.
To date what’s the best piece of advice you have received?
Was actually from my rugby coaches after my first major injury and I’ll never forget it I’ll minus the expletives “**** happens, **** happens to great people, it happens to **** people, it happens to everyone. What sets you apart is how you bounce back, how you deal with that **** and deal with it again and again and not get caught up with it. You can’t change what happened, but you can come back and face it again and again and not let it define you and never linger on what could have been.”
Although it was specifically about a major injury at the time I think that the advice is universal and relevant in recruitment as well. Bad things happen to everyone. Candidates reject offers, Clients pull roles, but don’t just let that define you, move on and work on a new client a new candidate, don’t linger on what could have been!
Lastly if you could go back in time and give yourself some advice 3 months into being a Recruitment Consultant what would it be?
“she won’t accept the offer!” on a serious note it would be along those lines but I would tell myself to keep my foot on the peddle, don’t rely on something because you think it will happen. Be proactive, not reactive!
I’d also tell me to believe in myself more at the start, If you don’t believe in yourself, why would anyone else?
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