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A day in the life of a Recruitment Consultant

  • Publish Date: Posted about 1 year ago

​Edd joined Metalis back in April 2022 after previously working in Recruitment in the industrial sector. Edd works as a Recruitment Consultant on our permanent recruitment team specialising in recruiting for jobs such as: Design Engineers, Project Engineers, HSE Managers, Sales Managers and more.

What does your typical day involve?

At Metalis we start our day at 08:30 which is great because it gives that little extra time to get in early, have a catch up on the previous night and most importantly get the kettle on for a cup of coffee.

Once settled, we begin every morning the same way by having a team meeting. This is a great opportunity to review the day previous, share and work through any frustrations, plan for the day and most importantly celebrate any wins we may have. From here on in this is where no day is the same.

The fundamentals of each day involve - CV Searching, client liaison, responding to emails/texts, more coffee, phone calls and business development but the order, priority and length of time allocated to each one is completely within our control. It’s this level of autonomy and trust to do our job well (in our own way) which offers a high level of satisfaction and gives a better buy-in to the overall success of Metalis.

Why did you want to pursue a career in recruitment?

Prior to working in recruitment, I had been a Retail Manager, I absolutely loved retail because of the variation in each day, interacting with people and an element of sales. What I did not love was the long hours and weekend work, so I looked to find a role which offered all of the good bits but gave me my weekends back! From there I found recruitment just over 3 years ago and never looked back.

What are some of the biggest challenges you face as a consultant?

At it’s very simplest our “product” is people. This naturally comes with its own set of problems as ultimately; we can’t control what people do and say. You think you’ve heard and read everything in this job, and someone will always surprise you with a new jaw dropping statement. Relationship building and creating a brilliant rapport between candidates and clients alike is the best way to ensure nothing too untoward is said and if they are it can be laughed about.

What do you enjoy the most about working in recruitment?

As mentioned before the variation of each day is a massive bonus. There are so many different ways you can map your day out. Personally, there’s a great feeling you get when you place a candidate and you know you’ve made a massive difference to their career whether it be a promotion, pay rise or seeing potential in them that others may have not.

In addition, I particularly like the BD side of recruitment where you bring on a new client and manage to place with them.

What advice would you give to anyone interested in starting a career in recruitment?

Just go for it! A lot of people “fall into recruitment” because they’re unsure what else to do. But if you give it your all and really learn a particular industry it can be very rewarding. I knew nothing of engineering before I started at Metalis and now have a great idea about a world I’d never have had the opportunity to do so before. Be ambitious, don’t be afraid to get knocked back, ask lots of questions and most of all enjoy it!