Published on 7th August 2017
We caught up with Amy, who has recently progressed into a Consultant role with Ambition after joining the business as a Talent Acquisition Specialist. Read on to learn more about Amy's story.
Q. What made you join the world of recruitment and what did you do before?
I actually studied psychology for six years and always wanted to be a psychologist. Towards the end of my degree when I was on placement however, I began to have a change of heart and think that a career in this field was not for me.
I’m really passionate about being around and working with people and recruitment allowed me to do this, whether it be dealing with clients or candidates. The job is really fast-paced and the nature of the role actually brought out a competitive streak that I never knew I had!
It’s funny actually because I met with someone from AccountAbility about a Business Support role with another company but they ended up recommending me for the internal role here at Ambition, and the rest is history.
Q. Do you think your psychology training helps you in the role?
I definitely think so, because psych is about interviewing and getting to know more about people, so in that way, it definitely helped. I would say that it’s actually helped me know more about myself though, whereas recruitment has taught me more about dealing with people on that one-to-one level.
Q. What skills do you think are most important to succeed in the role?
There are a lot of skills you need but if I had to narrow it down to a few, I’d say resilience, competitiveness and patience. It’s important to remain focused even when things aren’t going your way and you have to have the drive to keep at it. Eventually though everything works out, you just have to trust the process.
Q. If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice before starting in the industry. What would it be?
Have an inner confidence in yourself and be prepared for a lot of on-the-job learning. If you trust yourself and communicate with confidence though, you’ll go a long way.
Q. You have recently transitioned from Talent Acquisition Specialist to a Consultant. How are the two roles different?
In my previous role, I was completely focused on candidates, with little-to-no client interaction. So it was really about meeting with and building up a healthy network of candidates. This is where my role ended before passing onto a consultant who then deals with the client side of things.
The Consultant role is more to do with managing the existing accounts that we have. There’s still a big focus on sourcing candidates and building strong networks, but also managing the end-to-end recruitment process. Tasks, like coordinating interviews and calling existing clients to maintain relationships, are part of the day-to-day role.
Q. What is the best part of the new role?
There are many aspects of the new role that I enjoy. Recruiting across various industry sectors and being part of the end-to-end recruitment process for example. I also particularly like that fact that I get to specialise within a certain vertical in the Project Services space. I’ve found that in order to maximise your success within the recruitment industry you need to be an expert in your area, specialising in Business Analysts/Testing roles not only allows me to become an expert in my space, but also build up a solid network of candidates. This allows me to work more efficiently as I don’t have to start the sourcing process from scratch each time our clients have any requirements and also create a name for myself in the market across client and candidate networks.
Q. What are some of the key challenges you faced in the first few months?
I think it was getting my head around the pace of the job. As soon as you arrive in the morning, a million things are thrown at you, so you really need to have a structure to your day otherwise things are going to pull you in different directions.
If you don’t it can mean that all the most important tasks are not done so you really need to ensure that you have a good structure to get things with the highest priority completed. Planning your day and sticking to it is crucial to get the most out of it.
Q. What is it like working for Ambition?
It’s a really sociable place to work. Everyone here is so nice and supportive and I felt the warmth of the business from day one. I’ve worked in some companies where you don’t even know much about the person sitting next to you, but it’s not like that here. I know people well across different teams and feel comfortable sitting chatting to anyone in the kitchen during lunch or a break.
There’s no doubt that people are very open, approachable and friendly and that helps with the end-of-month and end-of-quarter drinks that we always have.
Q. What’s is your team like?
There’s definitely a mix of personalities that makes us unique. Everyone has something to contribute and we’re all very supportive of each other. Having such a big team helps the dynamics too and certainly makes the team outings fun!
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We are currently hiring a number of Consultants and Associate Consultants across our Finance and Commercial division in Sydney CBD and Greater Western Sydney.
by Mark Jones