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Thinking about a career in recruitment?

Thinking of a career in recruitment?


Thinking about a career in recruitment? // Our consultants share some advice

We sat down with both experienced and trainee recruiters here at Harnham and asked them what their advice would be to someone who had never worked in recruitment before would be – here’s what they said!

“It’s easy to give up! The first few months will be frustrating but if you expect that, and give yourself a few months to learn the ropes it will start to come together. You definitely need to be patient, you’re not going to start the job and do deals from day one!”

-        Lloyd Dunstall – read more about his experience at Harnham here


“Be patient! You’ve got to accept that recruitment isn’t a get rich quick scheme, but if you put in the hard graft and watch what the successful people do you will achieve more than most by the time you’re 30 (both emotionally and financially).”

-        Isla Smith – read more about her experience at Harnham here

“It’s a hard job with long hours and it can be an emotional rollercoaster, so be prepared for that! For those that are still choosing what type of recruitment to go into I would definitely advise working in a specialist market and asking as many questions as you can from people that you meet within the business you interview with. For me, I felt like it was really important to get a good feel for the person that was going to be managing me – and so I really got to know them”

-        Ewan Dunbar – read more about his experience at Harnham here


“Be sure you can work under pressure and make sure you don’t take things personally. Don’t be too hard on yourself, just be patient and work hard – it will come together if you’re in the right environment”

-        Sara Alvarez – read more about her experience at Harnham here


“Research as many companies as you possibly can and go somewhere that suits you personality – do you suit somewhere more corporate, are you an introvert or an extrovert? Ultimately the job is the same, it’s the culture that makes the job, the people around you and how your success is being facilitated – these are sometimes the things that are harder to find out at interviews, but ultimately they are the things that become important to a long term (and hopefully successful) career”

-        Kirsty Garshong – read more about her experience at Harnham here


“You’ve got to be realistic with yourself. I really think that you make your own luck – you’ve got to have tough skin and don’t take rejection personally – learn not to be put off by rejection.”

-        Sabine Odfjell – read more about her experience at Harnham here