It’s that time of year again. Sunny (well, for some) holiday season, time to relax on the sunbed, cocktail in hand, and forget about recruitment for a couple of weeks.
But you know it’s not going to last.
We’ll soon be on the roller coaster ride from Halloween to Christmas and before you know it – BOOM! – next year rolls around.
So, is now a good time for you to consider where you’re at in your recruitment career? Are you playing it safe in your recruiting role; in that comfy, well-known and easy option?
Perhaps it’s time to break out and look for a new challenge?
You wouldn’t be alone – a recent report in the Recruiting Times found that nearly 84% of Brits are currently planning on changing jobs to fulfil their career ambitions.
Before you do consider a move, check these following points on your current situation: are you are in danger of stagnation, does your current role offer you the chance to achieve your goals, or is now the time to move on…?
Are You Getting a Great Experience?
Are you getting the most out of your current recruitment role?
Is it satisfying?
Do you feel challenged?
Ideally, your role should be something you thrive on, using your autonomy to make decisions, manage your time and workload. It should be something you ‘own’ and you should be able to see how you fit into the bigger picture.
For example, you may be a Recruitment Consultant in a London office working as a 360 recruiter with a hot desk, busy networking and leveraging off existing client relationships as part of a collaborative, supportive and high performing team.
At the same time, a bit of a challenge in your role is a good thing – challenges will stretch your current capabilities and enable you to develop new skills which will, in turn, provide you with a sound set of skills when you are looking for that Billing Manager promotion opportunity in the future.
Challenges will also provide you with the motivation to learn new things and enjoy new experiences in the workplace, contributing to the overall success of your recruitment organisation.
Is Your Training Relevant and Useful?
Training and development should provide ongoing learning opportunities across the board for employees.
Recruiters who embrace lifelong learning understand the benefits it provides – enabling individuals to build both soft skills (such as communication and teamwork) and hard skills (such as IT and accounting/finance knowledge).
For you to progress, it’s critical that you are offered consistent and relevant training to upskill - keeping up to date with the latest technologies and industry practice.
Training should help build a culture of knowledge that enables you and your colleagues to work together to progress the recruitment agency as a whole, hitting and exceeding targets and establishing your recruitment agency as the ‘go-to’ for top talent and clients.
Is Your Agency Going Places (or Stuck in a Rut)?
Is your recruitment agency forward-thinking?
Are they embracing company culture, diversity and inclusion, the gig economy and the rise of AI?
All of these trends are here to stay, and your recruitment agency needs to know about them and how they will impact your clients and candidates. To dismiss them as unimportant ‘fads’ means risking the agency falling behind others in knowledge and practice.
Recruitment is a fast-changing world and recruiters need to keep up with the times. Did you know that the recruitment sector has doubled in size over the last five years across the UK?
That’s a lot of competition in the recruitment marketplace.
There are a lot of recruiters out there, and they all want the best business leads, so it’s crucial that your recruitment agency is engaging its employees, motivating staff and building an excellent reputation to ensure you stay ahead of the pack.
Great leaders and managers will ensure that your recruitment agency seizes the opportunity for progression and development and builds the company profile to enable you to stand out in a busy and competitive marketplace.
Do You Still Enjoy What You Do?
Do you still enjoy the thrill of matching the right candidate to the ideal client?
Are you excited and motivated in aiming to smash your billings every month?
Or, be honest, are you feeling a bit jaded by the whole thing?
Successful recruiters work hard and put in the hours. You know that a great work ethic is needed to achieve great things.
But maybe your billing numbers have started to drop, or you don’t have enough time to research appropriately before cold-calling companies. Perhaps you’re finding that your competitive spirit has just been extinguished.
Loss of enthusiasm is the kiss of death for a recruiter. If you’re dragging yourself to work every day without genuine motivation, you’re not going to be able to hit your targets.
You know that in the face of fierce competition, you need to be ambitious and able to stand out from the crowd. So, if you’ve lost your mojo, you’re going to be in a bad place.
A great workplace will enthuse you to enjoy a positive culture of inclusivity and cohesive teamwork: a place where individuals support each other while maintaining (friendly!) competition for billings.
Recruitment should be a dynamic environment where you feel motivated and keen, taking a genuine interest in your clients and candidates, enjoying the recruitment process and achieving your goals.
Can You See a Clear Pathway for Career Progression?
Does your recruitment agency offer you an individual personal development plan?
Well, it should.
A personal plan will enable you to build on your skill set, achieve goals you agree with your manager, and provide a clear and detailed pathway to progression.
Without a good plan, you could end up stagnating in the same job, with no additional skills and experience to help you out, and with no bright future to look forward to. You’ll soon become demotivated and unhappy in your work.
In turn, that’s bound to lead to a drop off in leads, less successful billings and before you know it, a very vicious circle has formed.
If you see yourself in any of the above scenarios, now is the time to take stock. There’s still the opportunity to change direction this year and place yourself in a better place for success by the time the clock strikes midnight for New Year.
Working with a company like GSR2R can help you clarify your objectives and aspirations, and help you secure that great recruitment job that will see you smash billings and climb to the top of the career ladder.
So, while you’re on your sunlounger, give it some thought, and when you return to work, make sure it’s with a positive mindset to make the most of your career.
Until next time