Have you ever considered a career in recruitment? Not sure where to start and are looking for some advice?
We sat down with trg. recruitment's director, Rob Dawson to answering all of our burning questions. He gave his expert advice about his experience in recruitment, what he loves most about his job and his advice about getting in to the field.
How did you get into recruitment?
Like many people, I fell into it. I desperately wanted a job in London, ideally in advertising but when nothing came through I switched to looking for sales jobs. I was scheduled to have an interview for a software company in Ruislip but a uni mate convinced me that I would hate working so far out of town so suggested I go and have a chat with someone he played football with – Phill. I went to meet Phill without any clue of recruitment or having done any research on trg. but we just got on and I thought to myself that the most important thing wasn’t the work itself but the people I worked with.
What’s your biggest achievement to date?
It would easy to becoming a director of the business but I rarely think about that. I guess it’s knowing that whatever success I’ve had came through really hard work – it didn’t come easy and I’m grateful that I pushed myself when it would have been easier to throw the towel in.
What area do you cover, why do you like it?
I cover data i.e. Data Engineers, Data Scientists, Data Analysts. Data is huge. I think everyone is aware now how important data is to every company now and the best companies use data to make their strategic decisions. It’s also an area where there’s a huge amount of innovation, so year on year the technology is changing.
What do you love most about your job?
I love working with people. I like talking to different people and learning what interests them and trying to work out how I can best help them. As everyone’s different each day is different and we have to find unique solutions on a daily basis so it’s never boring.
Any advice for anyone looking at getting into recruitment?
A lot of people underestimate recruitment. They just see it as a get rich quick job but it’s really not. It tests you in so many ways and so you have be emotionally intelligent. I could write an incredibly long list of all the traits and attributes that I think are fundamentally important so the reality is that I would tell 9 out of 10 people not to do it because they won’t enjoy it. But if you’re little crazy, love being challenged and want to work hard then it’s worth it.
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