Earlier this year, I (a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Irish girl) moved to London in search of a new challenge and a new career. Within a few short weeks, I was welcomed into the Konstructive team and introduced to two new worlds: Construction and Recruitment.
Daunting as it seemed, I was keen to dive in and start learning about both of these areas simultaneously. I knew nothing of Estimators OR CAD Technicians and my knowledge of the construction industry itself was fairly non-existent. However with the advice and support of my excellent Konstructive colleagues, I am getting more knowledgeable and more confident every day.
My day-to-day routine can vary from hunting through job boards and LinkedIn for the perfect candidate, to speaking with lots of wonderful people from many different backgrounds, jobs and companies.
One of the biggest challenges to date has been getting used to the lingo (both recruitment and construction-related). Initially it felt strange asking all these construction professionals for details about their work and their projects, while I was still learning the basics myself. Even now, I still wonder after each call if I have asked the candidate all the right questions or told them enough about the client or the job. It’s all part of the learning process.
Some phone calls are more difficult than others. Sometimes you come across a candidate who will tell you little more than the bare minimum about what they do and what they want to do. Other times, you speak to someone who will tell you everything that they’ve done and achieved from the cradle to the crane. Funnily enough, this is one of the best parts of the job; the stories and experiences you hear over the phone are second to none.
As a woman entering a historically male-dominated industry, I see it as quite an exciting opportunity. It is great to see more and more women getting into construction. I never thought it would be an area I would see myself in but now I’m thankful I got the chance to be a part of it.
I have learned so much already in my short time here but still have a lot more to learn. To anyone interested in getting into recruitment I would say this: Be positive, be persistent and be patient. You’re not going to learn it all overnight.
Recruitment opens up opportunities. Recruitment allows for variety in your days, weeks and months. Recruitment drives me to be better and try harder every single day. Recruitment is an absolute rollercoaster and I am excited for what’s still to come in my career.
Aoibheann Diver – Resourcer
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This post was written by Neil Patterson