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Career Change – My journey into the world of Rec2Rec!

My change of recruitment career into Rec2Rec

Following a long, rewarding career of over 18 years in education recruitment, my personal situation changed two years ago quite suddenly, and I needed more flexibility to support my elderly parents with health problems.

So following many conversations over the years with a gentleman I worked with previously, trusted, respected and liked – Paul Reid, we decided it was the right time for both of us and I made the big leap into the world of Rec2Rec with Permanent People 😊

I reminded myself that growth happens outside your comfort zone, and it is better to regret something you have done than to regret something you haven’t done.

Embracing the learning curve with an open mind, knowing I would be supported and it would be fun along the way and wow what a great two-year journey it has been. I have no regrets! It was the best move I have ever made professionally and personally!

What I have learnt :-

  • Embrace your new role with enthusiasm, dedication, positive attitude and commitment. Only you can make it work!
  • Do the basics in recruitment right = care, listen, question, do what you say you are doing to, be accountable, set expectations, keep everyone informed (even if bad news) and treat others how you want to be treated.
  • Celebrate small objectives achieved, new skills and knowledge learned, and every successful interaction in your new field is worth acknowledging. These build your confidence and keep you motivated.
  • Recruiters are just people, they like to talk, and they know the game but continue to surprise us every day 😉
  • Other sectors are very interesting, and it is great when you hear a recruiter who is passionate about their specific field and what they do! I have learnt so much about other sectors and it has really opened my eyes to how big the recruitment world truly is!
  • Be your authentic self. Work with clients and candidates you enjoy working with.
  • Not everyone will suit your way of working and that is ok. Sometimes you have to say no and be told no. It always works out the right way.
  • Learn from everyone. Navigating a career change is easier with a support network. Listen to your peers, boss, candidates and clients, Do not be scared to ask lots of questions so you can truly understand your role and how you can make a difference.
  • Own your mistakes, we are all human! Continue to take the time to identify your strengths, weaknesses and skills. This way you will continue to develop.
  • Time is precious, work smart, be ethical, resilient and keep going – results will come!

Navigating a career change is easier with a support network so choose your employer wisely and embrace the challenges, seize opportunities, and let your career change be an exciting new adventure!  We are only here once!

For career advice on changing your recruitment job, contact me today or connect with me on LinkedIn!


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