Consultant in the chair : Sophie Jones
How did you get into recruitment?
After I graduated I was not sure what career path to take, I walked into a Recruitment Agency who asked me if I had ever considered Recruitment, I started the next day and I have been a Recruitment Consultant since.
What are the main challenges in the London recruitment market?
The London job market is currently very competitive, more so than ever we are finding more applicants for each job, which means companies can be more selective in their shortlist and recruitment process.
What was your first placement in recruitment?
Facilities Manager for a leading Construction company in Manchester
What do you enjoy the most about your job?
I enjoy meeting different people every day and obviously the great feeling knowing you are helping people find their next job.
What are the main challenges of working in this division?
The industry can be quite niche, so often good candidates are not on the market long. Therefore, you must be efficient, build excellent relationships with candidates and stay up to date with what is happening within the Market Research industry.
What are the three most important qualities in a good recruitment consultant ?
Being able to think on your feet and think out of the box
Organisation – the ability to coordinate many roles and projects at any time
Excellent at building strong, lasting business relationships
What advice would you give someone who was thinking about a career in the industry?
Recruit in an area you have an interest in and do some prior research into the role and company before applying. You must be resilient, adaptable and understand that the role can be very ‘sales’ focused. If you enjoy building relationships and working in a fast paced environment then Recruitment could be a good industry for you.
How has the recruitment industry changed since you started ?
Since I have only been a Consultant for the last two years, the industry has not changed that dramatically. However, using social media tools,such as Twitter, has become more important than ever in order to build up a strong network of individual.
What is the biggest lesson you have learnt in life?
Don’t worry……Be Happy!
What would you be doing if you weren’t in recruitment?
Being a lady of leisure