PUTTING ON THE CONSULTANT HAT
By Daria Campbell
When I began my career as a Recruitment Consultant I had no idea what I was in for. I came to Precruitment with Administration and HR Management experience but I had never actually focused all of my energy on finding great candidates and great clients. However, my amazing Boss told me that she “believed in me” and thought that this role would truly excite me and I would do well. She did not speak with a forked tongue. She was correct all the way and I have never looked back since.
However, that being said I feel blessed because I came into Recruitment at a time where big changes had been made toward how the classic Recruitment model had been for years. When I lived in New York and went to staffing agencies desperate for work I remember thinking it was a meat market. I was just a number. One agency had so many little rooms for interviewing that it felt like the hallway in the Shining.
It was very disheartening when you are already worried about how you are going to pay your bills, and then you have to sit across from someone sometimes half your age as they assess your worth. No offense to the younger generation breaking into recruitment, but honestly, I feel that this industry is like stand-up comedy, jazz, and wine. You only get better with age. Wisdom, empathy, and life experience are amazing tools.
With these crazy Covid times I find myself being more of a Consultant than a Recruiter. My goal is to help anyone who comes across my path. Yes, a job is the ultimate “help” but sometimes it is just giving people the opportunity to be heard or giving them a small bit of advice on their CV or interviewing skills.
We all wake up every day hoping this too will pass but it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere so we might as well help each other in any way we can. For me, it is believing that every person has the “right fit” job out there for them. Sometimes you have to go through a few to find it but it is there.
Now that I am on the other side of the table I want people to know I am “with” them. I will advocate for them. I will champion them if need be because I have been in their shoes. I am far from perfect at it but I am happy to get back up when I fall down because that will make me a better Recruitment Consultant for the next person who meets with me or I talk with on the phone. We can get through this one day at a time, together.