1. How did your recruitment journey start?
My journey started at the age of 18. I’d just finished college and didn’t know what I wanted to do or where to even start looking. Lorien gave me the opportunity to do two weeks of work experience, to give me an introduction to the ‘real world’. In September of that year, I received a personal message from the MD David Gettins asking if I’d like to interview for a Resourcer position. Lorien took a chance by taking me on which I really appreciate, and I haven’t looked back since! I am now Account Manager across some of our largest clients, both in the UK and Dublin.
2. What have been your proudest achievements at Lorien?
There are quite a few that stand out to me, but something I’m particularly proud of is growing one of our Dublin accounts from scratch. I look at where I started when, quite frankly, I knew nothing about recruitment, and am amazed at how much I’ve learnt and how far I’ve come. I am now a lot more prepared to take on new challenges, such as recruiting outside of the UK, and am really pleased with how that account has developed.
3. What sort of support have Lorien provided to you?
Within my first week, I was trained on how to use our CRM system, how to write job adverts, and the end-to-end recruitment life cycle. The training sessions put on by the team here are always useful – they’re easy to follow and you come away with a good understanding of how to reach the end goal.
Lorien also paid for me to become CertRP qualified. This helps prove to clients and candidates that you have a good understanding of recruitment standards. It was quite intensive but was definitely worth doing and I’m grateful for Lorien’s support.
Finally, just being able to sit with people and observe them was a massive help. There are some very experienced and talented people here and as long as you’re willing to learn, there is every chance of being successful.
4. What do you enjoy most about working at Lorien?
This is a simple answer for me – the people. At the end of the day you spend more time at work than anywhere else, so you need to be happy with the people you spend that time with.
There’s always a buzz in the office, everyone’s approachable, and there’s a good social aspect to working here, which is needed in what can be a very stressful industry!
5. What advice would you give to someone who wants to get into recruitment?
Be a sponge and take in everything around you. You never stop learning in this job – even when you think you’ve mastered it, the unexpected is around the corner!