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Transitioning to Recruitment: it’s a Win-Win

  • Author: Caragh Rafferty
  • Date: 05 May 2021
  • Categories: News , Blog

Once upon a time, I was a trainee accountant - at one of the prestigious Big Four accountancy firms.  Now, I’m a principal recruitment consultant.

It’s a career move I’ve never regretted. 

When I decided to make the change, I met a lot of resistance from accountancy colleagues, friends and family.  I was told I was mad – waste of a good degree, move sideways, become a financial analyst, etc – not recruitment, OMG what are you doing? 

Well, over three years later, I’m still in recruitment and I couldn’t be happier.

Every day, I help clients build their businesses; I help candidates land their dream job.  Every day, I meet new people, talk to new clients, and old.  I match people with organisations.  My job is exciting, it’s people-centred, it’s hard work and it’s incredibly rewarding. 

And, yes, there’s no denying that you can earn a lot of money (we all know about the money side) but it’s about a lot more than that – to succeed, you have to be passionate about the process and about what you want to achieve for people and clients. 

And the skills themselves?  Yes, I’ve got paper qualifications – and yes, I have an insider’s accountancy knowledge and experience from two years inside a top firm.  But recruitment demands specific, specialist skillsets – the soft skills so highly prized by our clients. 

  • Organisation and time-management – successful multi-tasking
  • Negotiation – discussing and agreeing terms to satisfy client and candidate
  • Resilience – meeting challenges with a positive mindset
  • Adaptability – no two days are ever the same
  • Patience – processes can take a long time
  • Teamwork – collaboration is essential
  • Honesty – with clients, candidates and colleagues
  • Empathy – identifying, understanding candidate aspirations, client culture and business aims

Nowadays, (here at Broadgate for sure) recruitment also offers a defined career path – with progression, responsibility, international opportunities and training built-in (two promotions in two years for me).  So, you are constantly learning and developing your skills which give you a sense of purpose and personal growth.

One quick story: A candidate of mine in 2020 was rejected twice during the worst of the pandemic for a role my gut told me they were perfect for.  I persevered because the candidate really wanted the job and, finally, after five months, the client came back to me.  They wanted to see them.  They went down a storm at the interview as I’d predicted, were offered the role and months later are settled into the job, happy, as is the client.  A lot of recruiters would have given up at the first rejection.  It helps that I’m inside a collaborative culture where you can be honest to your managers and they will support you – especially when things don’t go to plan!

So, my advice: trust your gut.  Back yourself all the way.  I guarantee a win-win.

Caragh Rafferty is a Principal Consultant at Broadgate Search (Ireland) specialising in accountancy, finance and internal audit.  To reach out to Caragh to discuss job opportunities or client requirements please email caragh.rafferty@broadgatesearch.com or telephone 0035315136265

Broadgate Search is part of Trinnovo Group with a mission to build diversity, create inclusion and encourage workplace innovation.  We are proud of our 2021 top 3-star, World-Class Accreditation for Employee Engagement from Best Companies.  We’re always looking for new talent to grow with us so if you’re in a job where the path ahead just doesn’t inspire, listen to your gut and get in touch and email cara@trinnovo.com or charlotte@trinnovo.com



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