How did you start Reperio Human Capital?
I had been out of university about a year and was working aimlessly in a retail job trying to figure out my life. After speaking to a friend who was working in recruitment, I started doing some research into the industry and the role of a 360 consultant. I went to a few interviews with various agencies and felt like this could be the right path for me, but it wasn’t until I found Reperio and spoke with the team that I knew for certain this is what I wanted to do. After several interviews, I proved I was ready for the opportunity and started a few weeks later.
Can you give me a brief summary of your career to date?
I graduated in Biomedical Science and immediately secured myself a role in a laboratory. From day one I knew this wasn’t the path for me, I’m very ambitious and the laid back 9-5 environment just didn’t feed my hunger for success. I went back to my retail job and explored my options and this led me to Reperio. I joined Reperio nearly a year ago as a Junior Consultant, specialising in the .Net market and I have recently enjoyed a promotion to Consultant.
What do you think are the biggest challenges in the market at the moment?
There’s a lot of challenges in the market for recruiters, but nothing that a good recruiter can’t face and overcome. For candidates, there is the fight to keep your skills relevant with cutting-edge technologies, the housing shortage and subsequent high living costs (particularly for relocating candidates). For clients, there is a talent shortage and a particular shortage of women in the industry. Therefore, most companies have a huge gender gap because of this.
What do you think makes a successful Recruitment Consultant?
For me, it really boils down to a few things. Persistence really is key in this game, you’re going to get told ‘no’ a lot and face a lot of rejection, but if you stick with it the ‘yes’s’ will more than make up for all the ‘no’s’. The hours are long, therefore, you will need a good work ethos, you have to put the effort in from start to finish to see the results. Having motivation, drive and ambition contribute to staying persistent and pushes you to continually work hard and push for the results, especially on the harder days.
What is your ultimate career goal?
I’m in a great position at the moment with Reperio, I’m young and I have an unbelievable opportunity in front of me for both financial gains and career progression. We’re still growing and I hope to grow with the team to reap the financial rewards, progress my career to Senior Consultant and play a part in the growth and success of the company.
What motivates you?
I’m motivated by a few things, I’m very competitive and always want to be the best at what I do. I’ve also got a real hunger for success within me and I’ll stop at nothing to get to where I want to be.
What's your favourite part of working at Reperio?
The team and the office atmosphere are great, we’re a group of fairly young and motivated professionals who drive each other forward and celebrate each other's success. We also don’t take ourselves too seriously and the office is always very lively and full of banter.
I’m also a big fan of the opportunity within the company. There’s lots of very achievable targets for incentives anda huge opportunity for big financial gains and career progression if you put the work in.
To date, what has been the highlight of your career in Reperio?
I’ve had a few stand out moments in my short career with the company, my first deal was a great moment, hitting a lot of the incentive targets early on was also good and recently I’ve enjoyed a few very successful months. I’m also looking forward to the company holiday to Malaga in the summer.
Outside of work, what do you like to do with your spare time?
Outside of work, I tend to spend a lot of time with friends and family just going to the cinema, going out for food and drinks or just hanging about the house.
What’s a fun fact that not too many people know about you?
I’m double jointed and I can turn my hand the whole way round!
Any final words of advice for anyone considering a new role in .Net?
It’s a great technology to get working with, while Java may be the most popular programming language out there, C# isn’t too far behind. There is a world of opportunity out there for .Net developers. I would say try and keep up with technology but don’t spread yourself too thin, active up-skilling outside of work can go a long way too, particularly on the junior end of things.