You might associate a career in Recruitment with a fast-paced, competitive working environment and the opportunity to make big earnings. But beyond the obvious, what does day-to-day life at a recruitment company look like?
Award-winning energy, engineering and infrastructure recruitment company, Spencer Ogden, are searching for the next generation of talented Recruitment Consultants. We spoke to one of their Management Consultants, Jemini, all about her experience at the company, the rewards and challenges that come with a career in recruitment, and what you can expect if you join their global team.
What does your typical day at Spencer Ogden consist of?
I like to be and have always been quite organised. I like to plan everything out and follow a routine as much as I can to make sure that I get everything done.
At the moment, my role is very business development focused. I spend the morning on client calls, introducing myself to new clients. I am also trying to open up new areas within one of the main clients that I work with outside of the usual areas we have worked with them in.
In the afternoon, as well as candidate work, I usually have meetings with my team. I have one person that I currently mentor at the moment, so I go through his day plan with him and talk through what work he has got one.
What is the most rewarding part of the job at Spencer Ogden?
As part of the EMEA Renewables team, I would say the most rewarding part is that I feel like I am doing something good for the world and giving back. I am working with clients on their hiring, finding them the people that are helping us to build a sustainable future!
"The most rewarding part is that I feel like I'm doing something good for the world and giving back"
What are some of the challenges faced during your time at SO?
The recruitment environment is fun but can be challenging at times because it is very loud, noisy and full of very confident people and when I first joined, I was not used to that environment! I found the biggest challenge was working on my personal brand in relation to that, making myself a bit more approachable across the business.
Recruitment is hard, and it has always been an emotional roller-coaster and will continue to be. However, it is important to have a goal, I had something that I wanted to achieve so that kept me motivated throughout the really hard times.
Why did you choose recruitment?
The financial rewards! I had some friends that were working in recruitment and was aware of what they were earning. Money has always been a big motivator for me, as I have always wanted to be financially comfortable.
When I first started out working, I had a goal that I wanted to own my house in the next five years and working at Spencer Ogden has allowed me to do that!
"I had a goal that I wanted to own my house in the next five years and working at Spencer Ogden has allowed me to do that"
What advice do you have for anyone that wants to work in the recruitment industry?
Motivation and drive – you need to work out what your motivation and drive is. Be aware that your working in the recruitment industry is going to be an emotional roller-coaster but being resilient and working towards that goal will push you through the hard times. The good days outweigh the bad!
Jemini's Top 3 Spencer Ogden Highlights:
1. In 2019, I qualified for the Mexico and Incentive
2. Currently in 2020, I'm 3rd Global Top Biller and 2nd EMEA Top Biller
3. I built out one of the biggest clients Spencer Ogden works with
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