My First 6 Months in Recruitment
Our team is rapidly growing and 6 months ago, Kristelle Gadd joined us in the role of a Recruitment Advisor. New to the recruitment industry, Kristelle came to us from a background in retail management, with years of experience delivering exceptional customer service to a broad range of people.
As she nears anniversary, I sat down with her to get the inside scoop on what life has been like stepping into a brand new industry.
So Kristelle, tell us honestly…did you always want to work in recruitment?
I must admit, a career in recruitment had never really been on my radar!
While studying at university, I worked part time for a popular jewellery store in Canberra. After graduation I became the Assistant Store Manager, and then went on to be Operations Manager for all 4 of the franchise’s stores in the ACT.
But after 5 years I needed a change. I didn’t feel challenged, and was keen to build experience in a new field.
When I was thinking of making a change, I started looking at local recruitment agencies and their advertised jobs.
I saw a role with HorizonOne, and landed on the Work with us page where I immediately felt drawn to the values and team culture.
It felt like the exciting opportunity I’d been seeking, so I applied and landed a role as a Recruitment Advisor.
What was life like in those first few months?
Really challenging! But that’s exactly what I’d been craving. I was learning recruitment and the different types of accounting and finance roles at the same time, so it really stretched me.
I’ve been lucky to work alongside David Harrington – learning about accounting and finance recruitment and soaking up his knowledge.
But the great thing about working at HorizonOne is the time the team invests in teaching you. If you’re open to asking questions, there is always someone happy to give you an answer even when they’re really busy.
I have found the whole team has been very supportive.
What advice would you give someone who wants to launch a career in recruitment?
That it’s OK to not know everything when you start.
Even now after 6 months, I’m still learning and want to keep learning and developing. It’s good to have an open mind and be willing to be stretched or challenged.
It’s also important to build resilience and not take things to heart. If you make a mistake or have a bad day, it’s an opportunity to see how you can improve on it next time.
The same applies to feedback. It’s there to help you improve!
Something that surprised you about recruitment?
How involved the recruitment process is at HorizonOne – from taking the job order and understanding what type of candidate would fit the client’s role and culture, to interviewing candidates to find out what they really want to do next.
Also the insights into businesses are fascinating. It’s quite a unique opportunity to work with organisations and learn about what they do and how they operate.
Most memorable moments?
Hmmmm…I have 2!
My first memorable moment was the first job I ran from start to finish. I took the client through the entire recruitment process, and the candidate landed the role which was fantastic. I learned a lot in that process, and it gave me more confidence moving forward.
The second was that I was very recently promoted to Recruitment Consultant, which was unexpected. I thought it would take a lot longer, but I’ve worked really hard and it’s so nice to receive that acknowledgement.