The world of recruitment is a pressure-driven, delivery-focused environment. It is not for the faint-hearted, but it is a great environment.

Becoming a recruiter is a lengthy process, we never truly stop learning. The environment is foreign to many, so entering the industry is no easy adjustment.

Firstly, it is important to walk before you run. Taking time to ground yourself and learn the fundamentals is essential because you are learning processes and practices that will be with you for years to come. You may as well learn everything the right way, even if it takes a bit longer! As J.R.R Tolkien once said, “Short cuts make long delays”.

It is also important to stay calm. You are talking to people, and these people are eager to hear from you. If you make a small mistake here or there on the phone, don’t worry about it. Everyone around you has been through what you are currently going through, and they are all there to help.

Speaking of your co-workers, they are a resource. Ask them for help! The people around you will always be willing to help and the more you ask for help, the better you will get to know these people.

Speaking of help, the internet is your best friend in the Recruitment Industry. It may add a few minutes to your tasks but googling new software will come in handy when it is time to talk to candidates.

The single most important tip one can give a new recruiter is to learn. Soak up and absorb everything you can during your first few months. When something doesn’t work out the way you want it to, say a candidate gets declined or a CV just isn’t the right one, do not let it ruin your day. Rather use it as an opportunity to learn what not to do in the future and learn what will help you the most on your journey.