I have been in recruitment for almost three years. I form part of Scantec’s Electrical Trades Team and am an Account Manager for some of our biggest clients, and also provide a high volume of Blue Collar labour across the UK.
When friends and family ask me, “what exactly is it you do?”, I am met, as most other people in recruitment are, with a short response:
“So you just get people jobs, right?”
Every day I feel like I swim across rivers, run miles at a time and cycle up endless hills to help clients source talent to achieve their goals.
I use these cringey metaphors as I have recently stumbled across a new passion after reading my colleague Liam’s blog. It took a life threatening situation to make Liam realise what he wanted to achieve and this struck a chord with me. I needed a personal challenge.
I decided I wanted to take on a triathlon.
What is a triathlon? It’s three events performed back to back. A swim. A bike. A run. These three events are split between two transition periods: the first period to get on your bike to cycle, and the second to get off your bike to run.
So I had my personal challenge.
Next step: Buy a bike.
I bought a bike – and then another #instantupgrade.
I could already run (a bit) so now I had to learn how to swim. I followed a structured training plan.
Whilst following my training plan it slowly dawned on me what I had let myself in for. Exactly like when I started in recruitment, I quickly learnt that this isn’t for the faint hearted.
With time to think on long runs and long rides, I realised the similarities that a triathlon and recruitment share.
I currently perform a 360 role which is split into business development, account development and resourcing roles for clients – with admin in-between. The easiest way for me to explain my role is to relate it to a triathlon race. I have broken down the different parts of my role relating to the stages of a triathlon which will explain how one of my working days would normally pan out – I don’t just get people jobs!
Swim: This is where I perform business development. For many recruiters this is a bit of a slog, but this is always the beginning of client relationships. You will eventually be agreeing terms of business, charge rates and service level agreements, but this is only completed with a lot of resilience and determination.
Transition 1: The first part is done. You have the client on board and a chance of being on that elusive supply list. We have agreed terms of business and are ready to go.
Bike: Now it’s time to develop that account. This is where I contact decision makers and get a project plan in place. I introduce myself, build strong relationships and attend a lot of meetings.
Transition 2: You are almost there. The first project comes up and the first set of roles are received.
Run: Recruitment. This is where the race is completed and for most where the race can be won or lost. You have put in all the leg work but if you can’t cross the line it will count for nothing.
In recruitment you need determination, commitment and resilience.
The comparison doesn’t take into account all the training beforehand, the aches and pains afterwards, the late night sessions and early morning starts that are required to achieve the results you need to progress – in recruitment as well as training and completing a triathlon.
As with my career I am looking to step up a level next year. I have various triathlons inked in my diary for next summer and I’m looking to step up from sprint distance to middle distance, covering 70.3 miles over the three events.
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