Written by Cormac Loughlin
I would like to begin by giving you a glimpse of my background before talking about my profession. I am now 16 months into my career in recruitment and to say it has passed in a blink of an eye is an understatement. It has been a year of highs and lows, accomplishments and failures but most importantly, a year of developing and learning.
When I started out on my career path, I was never quite certain what direction was right for me. I was always quite the average student, the schoolboy with potential but the kind of cheeky kid who relied on his wit and charm to just do enough. I was one who enjoyed the social and sports side of school more than the academic side. I distinctively remember one time in school when my teacher asked what profession we wanted to go into when we finished college. I promise you that not one of my classmates answered ‘Recruitment Consultancy’ and nor did I.
In college I studied Electronic Engineering, because I didn’t have the points required to study my first choice, which was Business Studies. I soon transferred into Accounting and Finance, as I was very interested in Business. I qualified with a BA in Accountancy and Finance with second class honours. Following that, I went to work in an Accountancy firm for 18 months, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Still though, I had a feeling that this was not the correct profession for me and needed to find my passion.
After careful consideration and research, I concluded that given my skill set and personality, Recruitment Consultancy would be a great fit. I was very lucky to be given the opportunity to work for Cpl who are extremely well respected advisers and consultants to businesses and candidates across Europe. At the time, my perception of Recruitment Consultants was that they were not completely essential and that they were merely an extra unnecessary cost, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. The truth is that Recruitment Consultants play a huge part in employment, and can be instrumental in helping a candidate discover the right path to take in their career.
Good recruiters will be able to identify your strengths and weaknesses to help you become successful. This may be something as simple as helping you improve your CV or could be as significant as restoring your confidence and positivity to help you through the interview process and fulfil your potential. Staying positive plays a huge part in finding the right job for you, no matter how tough you find it and how many times you are not successful in your application. Sometimes you just need to sit down with the Recruitment Consultant and let them re-assure you of your worth.
My aim is not to find you a job, but to find what you would like to do and then determine what needs to be done in order for you to achieve it. I have been fortunate to find something that I have a passion for; now my goal is help you find a job that you are equally passionate about. I cannot guarantee you eternal happiness but I can guarantee you that life becomes a lot easier and a lot more enjoyable when you find a profession that is right for you.