Meet Zack Raja

Meet Zack Raja

Recruiter Guest Post

 

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

I’m Zack and I work at Resolute Recruitment to Recruitment Ltd. We’re located in the North halfway between Leeds and Manchester. Yes GoT fans, we’re basically the Night Watch. We match great recruiters with some of the best recruitment businesses throughout the UK. My own background is in life sciences, higher education professional services, and construction – what a mix!

Why did you choose to work within the Recruitment Industry?

Like a lot of people. I finished at University and applied for a range of jobs not knowing what I wanted to do.

Because I had a full time job for two years between my undergrad and masters at the University. I was lucky enough to have a couple of options after graduating. In the end it came down to a choice between recruitment and a graduate management scheme. The management scheme had a whole raft of additional qualifications that I needed to achieve and I thought to myself…’you’ve just finished another degree, do you *really* want to spend another year reading?’ For obvious reasons, the answer was a firm no.

Recruitment felt like a more exciting option. Cards on the table. I gravitated towards the promise of a ridiculously inflated OTE. Foolishly, I’d painstakingly completed a life sciences degree and then went on to recruit in a field I had no experience in; construction.

What do you find most challenging as a Recruiter?

Not getting fat. When I started out in recruitment I put on a stone in the first 6 months. An actual stone. My colleagues called it ‘recruiter ass’. It was an actual thing that happened to people. I wasn’t in great shape to begin with FYI. But I think I dealt with the emotional rollercoaster that is recruitment through eating cake and bread. Since then, I’ve learnt to roll with the punches and have lost 2 stone. But the hardest thing that I still find in this job is staying active and motivating myself to run / go to the gym either before or after a really long day at the office.

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

Always do what you say you’re going do. Simple!

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

Recruit in an area you already have an expertise in. If you’ve got a degree in something specific. Find a candidate-short niche market in that area and a recruitment business that have put out good quality content on that market and work for them.

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

Don’t work with clients who have ridiculous payment terms (anything over 30 ) I had to learn this the hard way!

You can connect with Zak on Linkedin;

https://www.linkedin.com/in/zack-raja-4351421a/

https://twitter.com/ZackR2R

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