From no experience in recruitment, to helping three Digital Marketers take the next step in their career; in only her third month as a recruitment consultant. And the month isn’t even over yet.
Today we’re speaking to digital recruitment consultant, Molly Cawley. We’re asking her about her experience as a newbie recruiter at Herd Digital, and how she secured her first deals.
Because I’m just starting out I’m working closely and learning from #Alexis. I’m finding candidates and talking to them to find out what they really want from their next job. What would make them happy? I want to get someone the best possible job for them. And I care a lot that the job I help them get is the one that’s right for them. That’s what’s important to me. I wouldn’t want to put someone where they wouldn’t want to go. It’s not just “filling a role” to me.
I didn’t know a thing about recruitment before I started.
Before I started here at Herd I was working two jobs: And I wasn’t really going anywhere with them. It was just day shifts to night shifts, back and forth. There was no progression, and with the work I was putting into them. I wasn’t getting anything back.
I wanted a career where I would be recognised for my achievements, where I would get back what I was putting into it, and where there’s real progression and everything!… Basically, everything I wasn’t getting in my old roles.
I was working as a 999 Operator and a Support worker.
For 999 you can’t progres, you just take calls. And with mental support health there’s nowhere to go either. I really enjoyed the work I was doing, but I wanted to work somewhere where my drive to work hard would be recognised and rewarded.
Every company I’ve been in has been a massive company. And when you’re just one person in a huge company, you’re not recognised. Whereas the work I do here, it feels like I can really make an impact. I’m part of a smaller team and we all get on. It’s a good culture, and it just feels like I’m working with my mates.
It’s probably the best company I’ve worked for, and I’ve had quite a few jobs. And it’s great to work closely with John, Adam and Alexis. Working closely with the senior members of the team, and the people who founded Herd Digital makes me feel recognised and supported. And I’m starting to understand more and more about digital marketing. It’s all starting to make a bit more sense.
The first deal I made was someone who I stayed at work late to call. Obviously everyone says about recruitment that you only get out what you put in, and that was the real evidence for me right there. If I hadn’t stayed late to call that person, my first deal might not have happened, and I might not have helped that person get their new job. So putting in that extra bit of work really paid off.
The next two candidates both came from searching for candidates on LinkedIn. It’s all about building a network in your industry: When I started, I had no idea how important that was.
My advice for someone who’s just starting out would be being active on social media and really getting involved into the industry you’re working in. Just work hard (especially at the beginning), and the rewards will come. Now I’ve done those 3 deals, I feel so much better. I’m feeling much more confident now and I’m looking forward to what’s next!
I’m looking forward to working with my own clients, to being able to bring in and choose the job I work on. I want to start building relationships, having my own network of people, candidates, and clients. And being at the point where I’m going down to London to meet the clients. That looks exciting.
Does Herd Digital sound like the place to start your recruitment career? If you want to find out more about working at Herd, head to our Careers page for more insight into the life of a Herd Digital Recruiter and apply.
Or have a look at our Recruitment Consultant role here. We’re always looking for more eager and driven recruitment consultant’s like Molly to join our team.
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