In the following Q&A, Lyn talks about how our Steps to Success training programme helped her to become the Recruitment Consultant she is today.
What is your background and what made you decide to pursue a career in Recruitment?
Career previously in Law and a Head of Legal for a large charity and I felt that I wanted to have a change of direction but still not leave the legal community completely. I had had experience of legal recruiters in the past (not Acorn) and I found they did not understand my qualifications or the roles that they were recruiting for and I felt that they were obviously disadvantaging candidates and also not selling the roles to candidates appropriately so when I saw that Michael Ives was recruiting for a legal recruiter I decided to apply to see if I could make a difference and I am pleased to say that I was successful in securing the role.
How have you found the training, and has it helped you to progress?
The training has been first-rate — it has taken me from having no knowledge of job boards, recruitment management systems and sales to someone who (I think) can hold their own in what is – lets face - it a difficult market. The sales and business development training has been especially useful and I have picked up many new clients and turned these into filling vacancies and these opportunities then turning into repeat business for Acorn and importantly for me healthy commission on top of my basic salary.
What is your position now and most importantly, do you enjoy your job?
Yes I am really enjoying the job – the Specialist team are fantastic and really welcomed me in spite of the obvious age differences. I love the commission structure and even though I got off to a slow start when I joined in quarter 4 of 2021, 2022 has been really good for me (not to speak too soon of course) and that is completely down to the training and keeping with the programme i.e: don’t deviate from the tried and trusted techniques that one has been given to follow by “Steps for Success”.
Would you recommend ‘Steps to Success’ to other people considering a job in recruitment or just a general career change?
I would definitely recommend “Steps to Success” as it provides the full package of teaching and nurturing for one to be a successful recruiter, however, recruitment isn’t for everyone. As in any jobs, there are days where matters could have gone better and as an individual, you have to be methodical and take the rough with the smooth — but with the support and constant encouragement of Michael Ives and “Steps to Success” those dip days — even dip weeks are easier to cope with.