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From Search Temp to Search Recruitment Consultant

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By Ben Bradley

This month, I hit my two-year mark in recruitment!

Prior to joining Search, I had been working in the retail sector for nearly 14 years – climbing my way through the ranks from part-time sales positions to managing some of the largest mobile phone stores in the UK. To the unsuspecting observer, it appeared as though I had my professional life figured out. And yet, something was missing.

Although I truly enjoyed the fast-paced nature of the retail industry, delighted in the buzz around new products, and took the ‘Christmas rush’ in my stride, the winds of change grew stronger - so much so that in the beginning of 2016, I finally decided it was time to move on.

Given my extensive background in sales and customer service, I had always been intrigued by the interactive and people-focused nature of recruitment. This, combined with my experience in internal recruitment on a regional basis, drove me to earnestly pursue a career within that field.

My relationship with Search dates way back to 2006, when I worked as a temp between various sales and customer service roles. Given my significant and positive relationship with Search’s temp recruitment team, I took the plunge and applied to join as a trainee consultant for Search’s Energy recruitment division.

Soon after submitting my application, I received a call from Peter Barry – Search’s Internal Recruitment Manager – who really took the time to get to know me, demonstrating a keen interest in what my passions were and what made me tick. After our chat, he made the spot on recommendation I try my hand at recruiting for the commercial sector.

I haven’t looked back since…

To say that I consider myself fortunate to work for Search would be an understatement! It’s been a rollercoaster to be sure, with no shortage of challenges on a daily basis. But have I loved every moment of the journey? Absolutely!

When considering a recruitment agency to work for, I believe it’s vitally important to keep your eyes peeled for a team that is both uplifting and gels with your personality – rather than simply chase the highest salary offer. My managers and directors at Search are incredibly supportive, consistently encouraging me to express myself as I continue to grow and improve on a professional level.

Rather than treat me just a number to generate profit for the business, the leadership team continues to demonstrate a vested interest in nurturing both my wellbeing and my intrinsic talents and strengths – which in turn empowers me to build significant and long-lasting relationships with colleagues, candidates and clients alike. I firmly believe that this is one of the main reasons why I was able to establish and develop a successful desk which continues to grow from strength to strength till this day.

Many sales and recruitment consultants get caught up in the rat race for quick financial gains, regardless of means or quality. As a person who continuously strives to deliver an exceptional service for candidates and clients, I believe many occasions require consultants to play the long game. This means taking extra time to really ensure that candidates are the perfect fit for the organisations that need them.

Although this may not yield instant results, it does go a long way in retaining existing clients and candidates – not only encouraging them to call on your services again should the need arise, but also recommend you to others within their networks. My managers are not only supportive of this approach, but actively encourage it!

I am truly grateful that Search gave me a chance two years ago. Since I joined the business, my experience here has been nothing but positive, and I genuinely feel that I have grown tremendously - both as a person and a recruitment consultant.

If you are looking for a change from your current role into the exciting and fast-paced world of recruitment, why not go with your gut like I did? Search boasts many fantastic consultants, for whom recruitment wasn’t their first role. Like me, they made the move to recruitment for a variety of reasons: an excellent recruitment experience they could mirror, a poor recruitment experience they knew they could better, or realising that a key skill was spotting cultural and skills fits between people and companies.

If you’re an industry specialist or experienced consultant, and feel that you would be an ideal addition to our team, then why not give us a call or have a look through our latest vacancies? I promise you won’t regret it!

Here’s to another 2 years!

About the Author

Ben Bradley is a Consultant for Call Centre and Retail recruitment at Search Consultancy's Edinburgh office.