Wednesday, 5 December 2018

The 12 Days of Recruitment Christmas



It’s a busy time of year for recruiters, trying to get our work finished before the Christmas break, but still have enough to come back to in January! Here’s a little window into what it’s like!

On the first day of Christmas my agency gave to me...
A brand new recruiter on board!












On the second day of Christmas my agency gave to me...
2 job offers and a brand new recruiter on board!












On the third day of Christmas my agency gave to me...
3 new starters, 2 job offers and a brand new recruiter on board!












On the fourth day of Christmas my agency gave to me...
4 new enquiries, 3 new starters, 2 job offers and a brand new recruiter on board!












On the fifth day of Christmas my agency gave to me...
5 client visits, 4 new enquiries, 3 new starters, 2 job offers and a brand new recruiter on board!












On the sixth day of Christmas my agency gave to me...
6 presentations, 5 client visits, 4 new enquiries, 3 new starters, 2 job offers and brand new recruiter on board!












On the seventh day of Christmas my agency gave to me...
7 confirmed interviews, 6 presentations, 5 client visits, 4 new enquiries, 3 new starters, 2 job offers and a brand new recruiter on board!












On the eighth day of Christmas my agency gave to me...
8 candidate referrals, 7 confirmed interviews, 6 presentations, 5 client visits, 4 new enquiries, 3 new starters, 2 job offers and a brand new recruiter on board!












On the ninth day of Christmas my agency gave to me...
9 LinkedIn messages, 8 candidate referrals, 7 confirmed interviews, 6 presentations, 5 client visits, 4 new enquiries, 3 new starters, 2 job offers and a brand new recruiter on board!












On the tenth day of Christmas my agency gave to me...
10 CVs to review, 9 LinkedIn messages, 8 candidate referrals, 7 confirmed interviews, 6 presentations, 5 client visits, 4 new enquiries, 3 new starters, 2 job offers and a brand new recruiter on board!












On the eleventh day of Christmas my agency gave to me...
11 job applications, 10 CVs to review, 9 LinkedIn messages, 8 candidate referrals, 7 confirmed interviews, 6 presentations, 5 client visits, 4 new enquiries, 3 new starters, 2 job offers and a brand new recruiter on board!












On the twelfth day of Christmas my agency gave to me...
12 telephone interviews, 11 job applications, 10 CVs to review, 9 LinkedIn messages, 8 candidate referrals, 7 confirmed interviews, 6 presentations, 5 client visits, 4 new enquiries, 3 new starters, 2 job offers and a brand new recruiter on board!












HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!

If you would like some help from our busy Recruiter elves please get in touch with us:

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Friday, 16 November 2018

Recruitment Myths


You'll have heard all sorts of things about what recruiters do, some of them true, some of them no so true! We wanted to address some of those things here!

“All Recruiters do is ring you and ask you loads of questions to get more leads”

Yes, you’re right, we do spend a lot of our time at our desks ringing candidates. And we do ask a lot of questions, but not to get more leads; we are trying to find out more about you and your experience so we can help you find the best role for you and help our clients find the best people for the vacancy.

At Louisa Fleet Recruitment you won’t find our recruiters ringing you up and bombarding you with questions. We take the time to find out about you and what is important to you before asking you the questions our clients want the answers to.

But that’s not all we do, we also spend time dealing with clients, salary and offer negotiations, site visits to clients, travelling to interview candidates face to face, dealing with our administration, offering free advice on CV writing and so on!


“Recruiters only care about their commission”

Some recruiters might only care about what they earn and are just in it to make their commission. But at Louisa Fleet Recruitment we care about doing a good job, finding the right candidate for our clients and vice versa.

And we don’t stop there either! We are often found spending to with people giving advice on their CV or job search, knowing there’s nothing in it for us. We are all about providing a good service to clients and candidates.


“Recruiters are just administrators”

It’s true that there is a lot of admin that goes with recruitment. In recruitment you have to be a good communicator and a good salesperson as well as able to deal with all your admin. Recruitment really is a sales role, you’re just selling candidates to clients rather than selling products.


“Recruiters promise the earth and don’t deliver”

You will find recruiters out there that simply make promises they can’t keep – “yes I can definitely fill your vacancy for you by next week” or “yes I will absolutely find you your dream role by the end of the month”

At Louisa Fleet Recruitment it’s not our policy to make promises we can’t keep. We promise that we will keep in touch with you and call when we say we will. But we won’t promise you a job when we can’t guarantee that to you. What we will promise is to give you the highest quality service as possible, candidate or client.

If you’re a client and we know we can’t help fill your vacancy, whether that be because it’s outside of the roles we usually recruit for or because are at full capacity with assignments, we would prefer to be honest with you than tell you we can do the job and then give you nothing in return.


“Recruiters are just playing a ‘bums on seats’ exercise”

An interview day with a load of candidates that don’t fit the bill is a waste of everyone’s time.

We make a point here at Louisa Fleet Recruitment of only putting forwards the very best candidates to our clients. And if we don’t have the very best, then we will recommend to postpone the interview until we do. We’d rather be upfront and honest with our clients than waste their time on candidates we know can’t do the job.


“Recruiters only care about you showing up on your first day – they’re not involved after that”

Maybe you feel that your start date is the recruiter’s end goal.

But actually here we check in on a candidate’s first day, firstly to make sure everything went smoothly from the client’s point of view and secondly to find out what the candidate thought about their first day.
We want our placements to be successful so if there is anything amiss in that first few weeks we are happy to help if we can – after all we know the client and the candidate really well.

And we don’t just stop there. We’ve even been known to go and visit our placements a few months afterwards to get the low down on what it’s really like to work there!


“Recruiters only work office hours”

Candidates work office hours and so do our clients, so recruiters can’t really only work office hours if they want to speak to people! We are often on the phone early in the morning and late in the evening. And if you’re desperate to change jobs but can only meet us in the evening, we’ll be there because we want to get a good result for candidate and client.

Hopefully this has given you some insight into some of things recruiters do and don't do as part of their role!

For more information on recruitment please get in touch:

info@louisafleet.co.uk | 01189 680830
LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

You'll have heard all sorts of things about what recruiters do, some of them true, some of them no so true! We wanted to address some of those things here!

“All Recruiters do is ring you and ask you loads of questions to get more leads”

Yes, you’re right, we do spend a lot of our time at our desks ringing candidates. And we do ask a lot of questions, but not to get more leads; we are trying to find out more about you and your experience so we can help you find the best role for you and help our clients find the best people for the vacancy.

At Louisa Fleet Recruitment you won’t find our recruiters ringing you up and bombarding you with questions. We take the time to find out about you and what is important to you before asking you the questions our clients want the answers to.

But that’s not all we do, we also spend time dealing with clients, salary and offer negotiations, site visits to clients, travelling to interview candidates face to face, dealing with our administration, offering free advice on CV writing and so on!


“Recruiters only care about their commission”

Some recruiters might only care about what they earn and are just in it to make their commission. But at Louisa Fleet Recruitment we care about doing a good job, finding the right candidate for our clients and vice versa.

And we don’t stop there either! We are often found spending to with people giving advice on their CV or job search, knowing there’s nothing in it for us. We are all about providing a good service to clients and candidates.


“Recruiters are just administrators”

It’s true that there is a lot of admin that goes with recruitment. In recruitment you have to be a good communicator and a good salesperson as well as able to deal with all your admin. Recruitment really is a sales role, you’re just selling candidates to clients rather than selling products.


“Recruiters promise the earth and don’t deliver”

You will find recruiters out there that simply make promises they can’t keep – “yes I can definitely fill your vacancy for you by next week” or “yes I will absolutely find you your dream role by the end of the month”

At Louisa Fleet Recruitment it’s not our policy to make promises we can’t keep. We promise that we will keep in touch with you and call when we say we will. But we won’t promise you a job when we can’t guarantee that to you. What we will promise is to give you the highest quality service as possible, candidate or client.

If you’re a client and we know we can’t help fill your vacancy, whether that be because it’s outside of the roles we usually recruit for or because are at full capacity with assignments, we would prefer to be honest with you than tell you we can do the job and then give you nothing in return.


“Recruiters are just playing a ‘bums on seats’ exercise”

An interview day with a load of candidates that don’t fit the bill is a waste of everyone’s time.

We make a point here at Louisa Fleet Recruitment of only putting forwards the very best candidates to our clients. And if we don’t have the very best, then we will recommend to postpone the interview until we do. We’d rather be upfront and honest with our clients than waste their time on candidates we know can’t do the job.


“Recruiters only care about you showing up on your first day – they’re not involved after that”

Maybe you feel that your start date is the recruiter’s end goal.

But actually here we check in on a candidate’s first day, firstly to make sure everything went smoothly from the client’s point of view and secondly to find out what the candidate thought about their first day.
We want our placements to be successful so if there is anything amiss in that first few weeks we are happy to help if we can – after all we know the client and the candidate really well.

And we don’t just stop there. We’ve even been known to go and visit our placements a few months afterwards to get the low down on what it’s really like to work there!


“Recruiters only work office hours”

Candidates work office hours and so do our clients, so recruiters can’t really only work office hours if they want to speak to people! We are often on the phone early in the morning and late in the evening. And if you’re desperate to change jobs but can only meet us in the evening, we’ll be there because we want to get a good result for candidate and client.

Hopefully this has given you some insight into some of things recruiters do and don't do as part of their role!

For more information on recruitment please get in touch:

info@louisafleet.co.uk | 01189 680830
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Thursday, 15 November 2018

What is the Ideal Recruitment Role for me?



There are so many different opportunities to work in recruitment and we are going to explore some of them here.

Questions you should ask yourself –

- Am I an administrator?
- Am I a sales person?
- Am I more of an account manager/customer service type person?

Agency Recruiter

This is probably what most people think of when they think of a recruiter. Someone who is part of a Recruitment Agency, dealing with clients and candidates. This can be a high pressured environment but very rewarding in terms of job satisfaction and in terms of money.

Temp Desk

This is a fast paced role. Whichever industry you are working in, you will get calls every day from clients looking for temporary workers. Then it’s all hands on deck ringing around your candidate pool to see if anyone can help. And of course then you have the candidate that doesn’t want to get out of bed today, or the one that can only work until lunchtime.

Perm Desk

This is a slower cycle, where you build relationships with clients and candidates, looking for the right match for the client. You want to place candidates who are going to stay in a role long term, so it’s important to take the time to get the right result for both candidate and client.

Resourcer

Less sales involved in this role. A resourcer is responsible for sourcing candidates for roles. So perhaps they are advertising roles, CV searching, using social media to find suitable candidates, thinking of new and creative ways to find candidates. Resourcers don’t usually deal directly with the client side of things. But they might get involved in screening and telephone interviewing potential candidates.

Internal Recruiter

An internal recruiter is based within one company to deal with all the recruitment needs of that company, whether that be temp or perm staff. This can involve advertising and interviewing candidates and dealing with HR.

Back Office Staff

The recruitment industry also needs back office staff. You could be a payroll administrator – this is particularly important for a temp recruiter – someone needs to get all the timesheets and working hours in and then pay the staff correctly.

Or you might be a recruitment administrator, so dealing with all the office admin involved in recruiting to leave the recruiters free to sell, sell, sell. You might be typing records, filing, keeping the database up to date, sending emails and interview confirmations, reference checking, creating HR files for temps.

For more information on recruitment please get in touch:

info@louisafleet.co.uk | 01189 680830
LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube


There are so many different opportunities to work in recruitment and we are going to explore some of them here.

Questions you should ask yourself –

- Am I an administrator?
- Am I a sales person?
- Am I more of an account manager/customer service type person?

Agency Recruiter

This is probably what most people think of when they think of a recruiter. Someone who is part of a Recruitment Agency, dealing with clients and candidates. This can be a high pressured environment but very rewarding in terms of job satisfaction and in terms of money.

Temp Desk

This is a fast paced role. Whichever industry you are working in, you will get calls every day from clients looking for temporary workers. Then it’s all hands on deck ringing around your candidate pool to see if anyone can help. And of course then you have the candidate that doesn’t want to get out of bed today, or the one that can only work until lunchtime.

Perm Desk

This is a slower cycle, where you build relationships with clients and candidates, looking for the right match for the client. You want to place candidates who are going to stay in a role long term, so it’s important to take the time to get the right result for both candidate and client.

Resourcer

Less sales involved in this role. A resourcer is responsible for sourcing candidates for roles. So perhaps they are advertising roles, CV searching, using social media to find suitable candidates, thinking of new and creative ways to find candidates. Resourcers don’t usually deal directly with the client side of things. But they might get involved in screening and telephone interviewing potential candidates.

Internal Recruiter

An internal recruiter is based within one company to deal with all the recruitment needs of that company, whether that be temp or perm staff. This can involve advertising and interviewing candidates and dealing with HR.

Back Office Staff

The recruitment industry also needs back office staff. You could be a payroll administrator – this is particularly important for a temp recruiter – someone needs to get all the timesheets and working hours in and then pay the staff correctly.

Or you might be a recruitment administrator, so dealing with all the office admin involved in recruiting to leave the recruiters free to sell, sell, sell. You might be typing records, filing, keeping the database up to date, sending emails and interview confirmations, reference checking, creating HR files for temps.

For more information on recruitment please get in touch:

info@louisafleet.co.uk | 01189 680830
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Read More »

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

The Worst Day in Recruitment


Recruitment is like a rollercoaster, it certainly has its ups and downs. None of the things you’re about to read are unusual and several of them can happen in a typical day.

If you’re considering recruitment, you definitely need to consider the highs AND the lows!

Last minute cancellations

The day starts off with one of your candidates cancelling their interview at the last minute with no concrete reasons given. And of course they sent you a text to tell you instead of calling. And they won’t come to the phone to explain. Awkward conversation to the client for you now then.

Late Arrivals

The other candidate who you had booked in for interview is stuck in traffic, turns up late and makes a terrible impression on the client. This isn’t how it’s meant to be. You’ve got some explaining to do now!

No candidates for interview

Then you have to ring another client to explain that you have no suitable candidates for their interview day this week, despite scouring the job boards, advertising the role everywhere in several ways and contacting all those great matches on LinkedIn.

Counter offers

That job offer that was accepted last week? Well the candidate has been counter offered by their current employer and has decided to accept. Nothing you can do to persuade her not to. So now you’re back to square one with that role as well.

Job on hold

You’ve worked really hard on a vacancy and found some outstanding candidates for one of your clients and then he calls you at lunchtime to say the job has been put on hold. This isn’t what you wanted to hear.

Job offered with completely different salary to what was discussed

You get all the way to the final stages with a brilliant candidate, and the offer comes through, but it’s a completely different salary from what was discussed all the way along. And your candidate isn’t happy about it. Now it’s down to you to negotiate or risk losing the candidate!

Candidate left within the 1st weeks due to change in personal circumstances

Everything went really smoothly with this placement and you were really pleased when the candidate started and loved their first day with your client. But now they’re 3 weeks into the role and you’ve just found out they’ve handed their notice in due to a change in personal circumstances. Back to square one on this one.

Candidate won’t accept they haven’t been shortlisted

You sent a very polite email to a candidate to explain that they hadn’t been shortlisted for interview. This afternoon you come back from lunch to find an unfriendly reply in your inbox listing the reasons why you were wrong and threatening that they will go along to the interview anyway to explain to the client why they are the best choice for the role. The work of a recruiter is never over…

Luckily not every day in recruitment is like this and it would be very unusual for them all to happen on one day, but they are genuinely all things that have happened to us!

Hopefully now we’ve given you a picture of the highs and lows of working in recruitment. Most of the time the high do outweigh the lows. Which is lucky for us really!

Coming next – helping you identify which recruitment role is best for you.

For more information on recruitment please get in touch:

info@louisafleet.co.uk | 01189 680830
LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube


Recruitment is like a rollercoaster, it certainly has its ups and downs. None of the things you’re about to read are unusual and several of them can happen in a typical day.

If you’re considering recruitment, you definitely need to consider the highs AND the lows!

Last minute cancellations

The day starts off with one of your candidates cancelling their interview at the last minute with no concrete reasons given. And of course they sent you a text to tell you instead of calling. And they won’t come to the phone to explain. Awkward conversation to the client for you now then.

Late Arrivals

The other candidate who you had booked in for interview is stuck in traffic, turns up late and makes a terrible impression on the client. This isn’t how it’s meant to be. You’ve got some explaining to do now!

No candidates for interview

Then you have to ring another client to explain that you have no suitable candidates for their interview day this week, despite scouring the job boards, advertising the role everywhere in several ways and contacting all those great matches on LinkedIn.

Counter offers

That job offer that was accepted last week? Well the candidate has been counter offered by their current employer and has decided to accept. Nothing you can do to persuade her not to. So now you’re back to square one with that role as well.

Job on hold

You’ve worked really hard on a vacancy and found some outstanding candidates for one of your clients and then he calls you at lunchtime to say the job has been put on hold. This isn’t what you wanted to hear.

Job offered with completely different salary to what was discussed

You get all the way to the final stages with a brilliant candidate, and the offer comes through, but it’s a completely different salary from what was discussed all the way along. And your candidate isn’t happy about it. Now it’s down to you to negotiate or risk losing the candidate!

Candidate left within the 1st weeks due to change in personal circumstances

Everything went really smoothly with this placement and you were really pleased when the candidate started and loved their first day with your client. But now they’re 3 weeks into the role and you’ve just found out they’ve handed their notice in due to a change in personal circumstances. Back to square one on this one.

Candidate won’t accept they haven’t been shortlisted

You sent a very polite email to a candidate to explain that they hadn’t been shortlisted for interview. This afternoon you come back from lunch to find an unfriendly reply in your inbox listing the reasons why you were wrong and threatening that they will go along to the interview anyway to explain to the client why they are the best choice for the role. The work of a recruiter is never over…

Luckily not every day in recruitment is like this and it would be very unusual for them all to happen on one day, but they are genuinely all things that have happened to us!

Hopefully now we’ve given you a picture of the highs and lows of working in recruitment. Most of the time the high do outweigh the lows. Which is lucky for us really!

Coming next – helping you identify which recruitment role is best for you.

For more information on recruitment please get in touch:

info@louisafleet.co.uk | 01189 680830
LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

Read More »

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

The Best Day in Recruitment



What’s it like to work in recruitment? Well today we are going to share with you what a dream day in the life of a recruiter looks like – don’t get too comfy though – coming soon is the worst day in the life of a recruiter so look out for that too!

So, what does a good day in the world of recruitment look like to us?

All your interviews confirm

You’ve got 4 different clients interviewing today in different areas of the country, that’s a total of 11 interviews taking place today. All great recruiters keep in touch with their candidates regularly and you’re delighted that all 11 of these confirm this morning that they are going to the interview and area fully prepped!

The law of averages says that 1 in 5 cancels, so when they all confirm, it really is something to celebrate!

You have high hopes for these candidates – the clients will have some tough decisions to make later on!

The perfect candidates have applied for your role AND they’re available

That attention grabbing advert you put on the job boards? Well the perfect candidate has applied for the role AND they are available for the interview date! This puts you in a great mood – there’s always a buzz when you speak to a perfect candidate and they’re as excited as you about going forwards for the role.

The offer comes through for your candidate

Those interviews all went off without a hitch and what’s more, 4 of the candidates got offers!

In fact one of the clients liked two of your candidates so much that he made offers to both of them!

Another one was the perfect candidate for the role but really needed more money than the client wanted to offer. But you managed to get the higher salary confirmed as they liked him so much!

The other candidate who got an offer had been the underdog all the way along but you believed in them and the client thought they were brilliant and ended up offering to them over a more experienced candidate!

This is the ultimate reward for all the hard work you put into these interviews – bringing on the client, building a relationship with them, interviewing candidates, getting to know them and making sure they were a good match for your client. Right through to helping the candidates with their CV presentation, arranging interviews and prepping candidates for their interviews as well as advice on presentations and salary negotiations in the final stages.

Your hard work has paid off! Happy clients, happy candidates, happy recruiter!!


5 star reviews

Whoop! Three 5-star reviews come in – one from a candidate you placed last week, one out of the blue from someone you helped last year and another is from a happy client singing your praises and recommending you above the rest of the recruiters out there!

It’s little things like this that gives us job satisfaction.

New client calls

You get not one but two calls out of the blue from potential new clients who say you’ve been recommended to them and they want to work with you exclusively to recruit for their new sales roles.

Brilliant! Better get to work then!

It’s things like this that give us a buzz and make us love our jobs. Of course, not every day is like this but even if just one of these things happen in a day, then we’re happy!

We want to paint a realistic picture for you though, so look out soon for The Worst Day in the Life of a Recruiter!

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a great Recruiter, why not get in touch with us:

info@louisafleet.co.uk | 01189 680830
LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube


What’s it like to work in recruitment? Well today we are going to share with you what a dream day in the life of a recruiter looks like – don’t get too comfy though – coming soon is the worst day in the life of a recruiter so look out for that too!

So, what does a good day in the world of recruitment look like to us?

All your interviews confirm

You’ve got 4 different clients interviewing today in different areas of the country, that’s a total of 11 interviews taking place today. All great recruiters keep in touch with their candidates regularly and you’re delighted that all 11 of these confirm this morning that they are going to the interview and area fully prepped!

The law of averages says that 1 in 5 cancels, so when they all confirm, it really is something to celebrate!

You have high hopes for these candidates – the clients will have some tough decisions to make later on!

The perfect candidates have applied for your role AND they’re available

That attention grabbing advert you put on the job boards? Well the perfect candidate has applied for the role AND they are available for the interview date! This puts you in a great mood – there’s always a buzz when you speak to a perfect candidate and they’re as excited as you about going forwards for the role.

The offer comes through for your candidate

Those interviews all went off without a hitch and what’s more, 4 of the candidates got offers!

In fact one of the clients liked two of your candidates so much that he made offers to both of them!

Another one was the perfect candidate for the role but really needed more money than the client wanted to offer. But you managed to get the higher salary confirmed as they liked him so much!

The other candidate who got an offer had been the underdog all the way along but you believed in them and the client thought they were brilliant and ended up offering to them over a more experienced candidate!

This is the ultimate reward for all the hard work you put into these interviews – bringing on the client, building a relationship with them, interviewing candidates, getting to know them and making sure they were a good match for your client. Right through to helping the candidates with their CV presentation, arranging interviews and prepping candidates for their interviews as well as advice on presentations and salary negotiations in the final stages.

Your hard work has paid off! Happy clients, happy candidates, happy recruiter!!


5 star reviews

Whoop! Three 5-star reviews come in – one from a candidate you placed last week, one out of the blue from someone you helped last year and another is from a happy client singing your praises and recommending you above the rest of the recruiters out there!

It’s little things like this that gives us job satisfaction.

New client calls

You get not one but two calls out of the blue from potential new clients who say you’ve been recommended to them and they want to work with you exclusively to recruit for their new sales roles.

Brilliant! Better get to work then!

It’s things like this that give us a buzz and make us love our jobs. Of course, not every day is like this but even if just one of these things happen in a day, then we’re happy!

We want to paint a realistic picture for you though, so look out soon for The Worst Day in the Life of a Recruiter!

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a great Recruiter, why not get in touch with us:

info@louisafleet.co.uk | 01189 680830
LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
Read More »

Friday, 2 November 2018

How do I get a job in Recruitment?


So you want to work in Recruitment? Not sure where to start? Do you think you have what it takes?

Read on to find out more about the world of working as a Recruiter!


What does a Recruiter do?

Maybe you think that a Recruiter helps people find jobs, but there's more to it than that. We find clients and help them find the right people for their roles who perform well and stay long term.

We speak to customers to find out their requirements, we advertise roles, search for candidates, speak to candidates, match suitable candidates to vacancies that our clients give us. Our ultimate aim is for a successful match for client and candidate! 


What skills do I need to be a Recruiter?

Questioning skills and all round communication skills:
A great telephone manner, excellent written and spoken communication and the ability to question a candidate to get the information needed but so that the candidate feels it was a two way conversation.

Time management:
There are always deadlines to meet in this job and things are always changing – you need to be good at adapting to changes and meeting deadlines. It’s no good getting an amazing candidate over to the client 5 days late for the interview!

Selling and negotiation: 
These are needed for dealing with clients and candidates – selling your services, selling jobs to candidates, negotiating fees, negotiating salaries and offers at the final stage.

Customer service:
Looking after your clients and candidates – making sure they get the very best of your service. They will recommend you to other people they know if they get a good experience from you!

Working under pressure:
Are you cool, calm and collected under pressure or are you easily flappable? There can be lots of things to juggle in a short space of time in recruitment, and you need to be able to handle this AND remain calm!

Target driven:
Recruitment is a sales role and there will be targets and KPIs to meet – your job is to know what they are and aim for them.

Organisation:
Essential! 
How many times has a recruiter promised to call you and you didn’t hear from them? A good, successful recruiter will always call when they say they will (see our candidate promise) - but in order to make this happen they need to be super organised!

Relationship building:
If there’s no rapport then you’re unlikely to be their recruiter of choice – candidate or client. Take an interest and remember what they’ve told you. Stand out from the rest of the recruiters that they speak to.

Attention to detail:
Important when you’re trying to spot the great candidates in the piles of CVs you get every day.

Confidence, determination, resilience: 
It’s not always easy being a recruiter,  but if you are determined to keep going no matter what then you’ll find it much easier.

Great work ethic:
This isn’t an office based 9-5. Recruiters work hard, often out of normal working hours, to get successful outcomes for their clients and candidates.

Where do I start?

Apply for jobs that you are interested in. 

You could start as a Resourcer or Recruitment Administrator, or some companies offer Trainee Recruitment Consultant roles. 

Maybe there is a sector you’ve got experience in – you could try starting for a recruiter that specialises in that sector. 

So if you’ve worked in sales, try working for a sales recruiter or if you’ve worked in education, try working for an education recruiter – your knowledge of the industry will help you get started.

What next?

Being in recruitment can be a rewarding and successful career opportunity where every day is different, you get to speak to different people every day and get satisfaction from finding someone the next step in the career!

We’d recommend you take a look at some of these great resources to find out some more about the world of recruitment:

Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC)
Recruiting Times
Recruitment Grapevine

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a great Recruiter, why not get in touch with us:

info@louisafleet.co.uk | 01189 680830
LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

So you want to work in Recruitment? Not sure where to start? Do you think you have what it takes?

Read on to find out more about the world of working as a Recruiter!


What does a Recruiter do?

Maybe you think that a Recruiter helps people find jobs, but there's more to it than that. We find clients and help them find the right people for their roles who perform well and stay long term.

We speak to customers to find out their requirements, we advertise roles, search for candidates, speak to candidates, match suitable candidates to vacancies that our clients give us. Our ultimate aim is for a successful match for client and candidate! 


What skills do I need to be a Recruiter?

Questioning skills and all round communication skills:
A great telephone manner, excellent written and spoken communication and the ability to question a candidate to get the information needed but so that the candidate feels it was a two way conversation.

Time management:
There are always deadlines to meet in this job and things are always changing – you need to be good at adapting to changes and meeting deadlines. It’s no good getting an amazing candidate over to the client 5 days late for the interview!

Selling and negotiation: 
These are needed for dealing with clients and candidates – selling your services, selling jobs to candidates, negotiating fees, negotiating salaries and offers at the final stage.

Customer service:
Looking after your clients and candidates – making sure they get the very best of your service. They will recommend you to other people they know if they get a good experience from you!

Working under pressure:
Are you cool, calm and collected under pressure or are you easily flappable? There can be lots of things to juggle in a short space of time in recruitment, and you need to be able to handle this AND remain calm!

Target driven:
Recruitment is a sales role and there will be targets and KPIs to meet – your job is to know what they are and aim for them.

Organisation:
Essential! 
How many times has a recruiter promised to call you and you didn’t hear from them? A good, successful recruiter will always call when they say they will (see our candidate promise) - but in order to make this happen they need to be super organised!

Relationship building:
If there’s no rapport then you’re unlikely to be their recruiter of choice – candidate or client. Take an interest and remember what they’ve told you. Stand out from the rest of the recruiters that they speak to.

Attention to detail:
Important when you’re trying to spot the great candidates in the piles of CVs you get every day.

Confidence, determination, resilience: 
It’s not always easy being a recruiter,  but if you are determined to keep going no matter what then you’ll find it much easier.

Great work ethic:
This isn’t an office based 9-5. Recruiters work hard, often out of normal working hours, to get successful outcomes for their clients and candidates.

Where do I start?

Apply for jobs that you are interested in. 

You could start as a Resourcer or Recruitment Administrator, or some companies offer Trainee Recruitment Consultant roles. 

Maybe there is a sector you’ve got experience in – you could try starting for a recruiter that specialises in that sector. 

So if you’ve worked in sales, try working for a sales recruiter or if you’ve worked in education, try working for an education recruiter – your knowledge of the industry will help you get started.

What next?

Being in recruitment can be a rewarding and successful career opportunity where every day is different, you get to speak to different people every day and get satisfaction from finding someone the next step in the career!

We’d recommend you take a look at some of these great resources to find out some more about the world of recruitment:

Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC)
Recruiting Times
Recruitment Grapevine

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a great Recruiter, why not get in touch with us:

info@louisafleet.co.uk | 01189 680830
LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Company Culture - Why would someone want to work for your company? Part 6



In the last of our series we are going to look at what it is like to work for your company.

What is the company culture like?

Think about these questions:
  • Why did you join this company?
  • What’s kept you at this company for this long?
  • What keeps others in your business?
  • What’s innovative about your company?
  • Why do people enjoy working for you?
  • How do you show that you care?
  • How do you show that you value your employees?
  • Do you give long service awards?
  • What fun and challenging things do you do to keep your employees engaged and motivated?

Ask your employees what they think

Have a think about your company culture and ask your employees why they like working for the business.

What is it like to work here?

Be open about your management style and expectations.

Paint a realistic picture of what it’s like to work for your company and you’ll find that people will be a lot more interested in you as a business than those companies that don’t share these insights. People want to know the truth and they want to really be able to picture themselves working for you.

Be ready to answer questions on your company culture and what it’s actually like to work for you and you’ll stand out from other employers looking to hire.


For more advice or help with your hiring needs:



In the last of our series we are going to look at what it is like to work for your company.

What is the company culture like?

Think about these questions:
  • Why did you join this company?
  • What’s kept you at this company for this long?
  • What keeps others in your business?
  • What’s innovative about your company?
  • Why do people enjoy working for you?
  • How do you show that you care?
  • How do you show that you value your employees?
  • Do you give long service awards?
  • What fun and challenging things do you do to keep your employees engaged and motivated?

Ask your employees what they think

Have a think about your company culture and ask your employees why they like working for the business.

What is it like to work here?

Be open about your management style and expectations.

Paint a realistic picture of what it’s like to work for your company and you’ll find that people will be a lot more interested in you as a business than those companies that don’t share these insights. People want to know the truth and they want to really be able to picture themselves working for you.

Be ready to answer questions on your company culture and what it’s actually like to work for you and you’ll stand out from other employers looking to hire.


For more advice or help with your hiring needs:

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