Job Title: Trainee Recruitment Consultant University: University of Portsmouth Course: Law LLB with Business Year Graduated: March 2015 What initially attracted you to a career in recruitment? Recruitment wasn’t something that I thought about while at university, it wasn’t even on my radar. I went to university to do Law, so that’s what I thought I would go in to. But I started a part-time evening resourcing role with England Associates whilst still at university and it opened my eyes. The client contact, variety of work, competition and the feeling of success when making a placements was more interesting than a career in Law. How did you find out about the role at England Associates? I saw an advert on Purple Door, our university job board, and applied for the part time evening work to fund my university studies. It was a straight forward interview meeting a couple of people in the team. It wasn’t too complicated or interactive. What do you think makes a good recruitment consultant? Persistence. If you’re not motivated to carry on then it won’t work. You need to be optimistic that it will work out. If you have any fear of being on the phone then it might not be for you. But if you are upfront, can be called a bit aggressive or have a killer instinct this is the job for you. What do you enjoy most about the role? Pace. The paperwork element is minimal. You spend a lot of time on the phone, putting destiny in your hand. Your ‘desk’ is a successful as you want it to be. Advice to those looking to get into recruitment Don’t get too bogged down by stats, targets and KPIs. Pick up the phone and start having conversations. Don’t be afraid of saying something stupid on the phone, just find your own style. Find out more and contact Daniel Harrington here.
We see a fair amount of CVs through in our daily work (in fact we have seen nearly 3,500 so far this year already) and we often see the same mistakes over-and-over. I rounded up the senior team here at England Associates I asked the question: What would make a CV stand out from the crowd when applying for an internal role? From their responses I have put together 5 tips on how you can make your CV stand out from the crowd. 1. Have a well presented CV You will be surprised how many CVs we see from experienced recruiters that fail to pay attention to the format, structure, spelling and grammar within their CV. Your CV is your shop window so make sure that the basics of consistent font style and size, sub-headings and bullet points are covered. Sign post the key sections of your CV that the reader is going to want to see such as your work experience, qualifications and availability for interview. 2. Check your dates The one thing that tends to make a CV stand out, for all the wrong reasons, is when the dates don’t add up. Make sure to explain any gaps in your CV anything from 1 month to 10 years. Make sure these are also consistent with your LinkedIn profile, and if they are not explain why. Longevity with your previous employers is one area that will really stand out to your reader, so if you have a few short spans on your CV why not include a few notes on why you left. 3. Back up your achievements with numbers Fantastic, you have been the top biller at your current agency for the last three months or you have made the most sales calls in your last role in the company’s history! But quantify it baby! Businesses often categorise success in different ways, so help us to understand in a language we understand: numbers, pennies and pounds! 4. Be honest Following up from number 3, I wanted to stress the importance of keeping this humble. It can be tempting to make some bold claims within your CV and make the reader excited by your achievements. However these often don’t pan out. Despite what you might think bold numbers in billing history or sales targets hit are often considered suspiciously rather than making us pick up the phone to schedule an interview. 5. It's all about you Above all, remember that we want to hear about you. Sell us what you have achieved rather than focussing on phrases such as ‘was involved in’ and ‘I assisted’ or ‘our team’. Take credit where credit is due. Make sure to highlight your key achievements as well as your interests outside of work that will differentiate you from everyone else. Whether you are looking for your first break into a career in recruitment, or looking to work with a new agency that gives something back, use these 5 tips to make sure your CV jumps out from the pile and you get the call for interview! This article was written by Marie Malyon, Marketing Manager at England Associates. All opinions expressed are that of Marie’s and not necessarily reflected by England Associates.
Job Title: Team Leader University: University of Portsmouth Course: BA (Hons) Film Studies Year Graduated: June 2014 Date Joined EA: June 2014 What initially attracted you to a career in recruitment? Money, I was told that I would earn lots of money. I had a lack of direction leaving university, and this wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. I wasn’t sure what to do so this opportunity was ideal. How did you find out about the role at England Associates? I was approached while working in a restaurant / bar by someone who worked at England Associates. They were impressed by my customer service skills so asked for my number! I got a telephone call the next day from Sales Director, Andy Harvey, and I felt it went pretty well. I was invited in to meet them the next day. It was quite an intensive interview process meeting with 3 different team members over 3 days including Simon England, CEO. Yet I walked away from the interview feeling that this was definitely something I wanted to pursue. I also got a feeling that you were part of something, not just an employee and I didn’t get that from any other companies I have interviewed with. What do you think makes a good recruitment consultant? Confidence. You really can’t have too much confidence in this job. We can teach you all the skills over time, but as long as you have confidence in what you do then you won’t go too far wrong. What do you enjoy most about the role? Every day is different. Very few office jobs are like this in that we have the freedom to manage our days. You also get to earn your worth. More than just career progression you get the freedom for unlimited earning potential. Advice to those looking to get into recruitment There is a strong link between graduates and recruitment but it’s not often people’s first choice. However it quickly becomes clear this is a valid career path. It is equally interesting to those that are looking for career progression and the money is just a by-line.
Established in 2002 and operating in the construction, engineering, defence and design sectors, the England Associates name has become synonymous for a recruitment solution that offers something different to the industry norm.
We pride our high levels of customer service, sector knowledge and strong network that enables us to offer bespoke solutions that genuinely add value.
We are the number one recruiter of choice for many clients in our chosen sectors and we help support multiple blue chip, private and public organizations whilst offering unique opportunities to our growing network of candidates.
England Associates has a vision to become the recruiter of choice in our chosen sectors by proving that a recruitment firm can genuinely add value to our clients and candidates. The business is determined to be recognised above all others for our quality, service level, accuracy, professionalism, innovation, attention to detail and transparency. These principles must flow through all of our staff by nature. As a Recruitment Consultant you will be at the forefront of client and candidate delivery. Both parties should therefore experience our business principles in every aspect of your service level.