Yes, I used to be a recruiter. In 2000 I left the safe zone of being a sabbatical officer for Bradford Uni (Treasurer for 2 years running – and yes I had the strapline “You can always bank on Barclay”!) The most important achievement? I set the beer prices.
I joined a (then) well-known recruitment firm because I wanted to achieve world peace – actually I was promised stupidly high commission rates and a work-hard-play-hard culture. I’d been at uni for 6 years (including my degree and 2 years in sabbatical). This new job seemed just the ticket.
Now I work as a consultant to the industry, and boy have things changed. I often work with younger recruiters and they have no idea how much tech they have access to in comparison to what I had (in my day…) Has the job got any easier? I'll leave that to you to decide.
So here goes… here are my memories of being a recruiter in 2000...
- No computer - rolodec and telephone sellotaped to hand (this is not a metaphor!)
- 1 administrator working for 20 consultants - it took a day to send an email to a client (if you were lucky)
- Getting my first BlackBerry and thinking that I was the bees knees (it was actually purple and had a dial to flick through numbers!)
- Hours were 7-10 and I'm not talking am-am.
- Coloured shirts with white cuffs and collars - they came back in recently!
- Making a pass at my boss (and it really back fired!)
- "Get on the phone" was standard comms
- I needed 2 vacancies and 2 send outs a day or words were said
- 35% fees!!
- I bought a hifi with my first fee!
- Work nights out were very sordid! Ah, those were the days!
Dare I say that recruiters today don’t know they were born? (How long have you been in recruitment? Any funny / not so funny stories to tell about “the good old days”)
(Thanks UKRecruiter for publishing this blog.)