Back in August 2019 we first spoke to Paige and Lewis who had quickly made the step-up from resourcer to recruiter in six short months. Fast-forward 18 months, both Paige and Lewis have gone from strength-to-strength and are now running successful desks as part of our psychiatry division.

Catching up with Paige we asked her about her recruitment journey so far:

If you could only use three words, how would you describe your recruitment journey over the last 18 months?

Challenging, rewarding and fast-paced!

How would you describe working in recruitment?

Exactly as above – its hard work and sometimes it can be hard to keep motivated, especially in these strange times. But it’s so rewarding when you put the work in.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome in your role?

Definitely COVID! It was so unexpected and nothing anyone has ever experienced before, so we all had to adapt hugely to ensure the hospitals requirements were filled. But we also had to adapt to working from home and the changes in our personal lives – so it was a big challenge, but we all supported each other massively in the team which made things more bearable!

To progress in your role, what training and support did you receive?

I attended some seminars with the lovely Jo who gave us training on sales and business development as well as a few off-site training sessions with LinkedIn. They all helped my progression but the most helpful thing for me was the support of my team. Their combined experience and their willingness to answer all of my queries, as well as their constant support with the challenges I come across, have all played a massive part in my progression.

What does a career in recruitment offer you that you feel is unique to other career options?

You are constantly moving onwards and upwards. There are always higher figures to achieve and more money to make – regardless of the career progression in the company.

What do you enjoy most about working at Athona?

The support from the whole team. Athona really do enforce #AllOneTeam and you can tell in the way we all work together to make sure our clients and candidates get the best service.

What is the best advice you would give someone looking to get into recruitment?

Stick with it, and make sure you focus on building your relationships with clients and candidates – this is what will get you those repeat bookings in the future!

And ask questions! No matter how silly you may think they are, it’s always better to ask the question as this is the best way to learn from your fellow experienced recruiters.

Are you looking to start your career in recruitment? Then we’d love to hear from you and help you achieve your goals. Get in touch with Jo and Nicola today.