Consultant Stories – Daniel Harrington

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.