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  • Role: Recruitment Resourcer

Jessica Smit

Fast-paced, exciting and rewarding, those are the words I would use to describe my roles as an Executive Search Professional. Confident, smart and enthusiastic are the qualities required to carry out this role. I’m a Recruitment Resourcer in Amec’s in-house recruitment consultancy Primat.

What does Amec do?

Amec supply consultancy, engineering and project management services to the world’s oil and gas, minerals and metals, clean energy, environment and infrastructure markets. My role is to head hunt the best professionals to come and work with us throughout the UK.

How did you get your job at Amec?

Working in recruitment is all about networking, which can be really handy when looking at new opportunities. One of my friends, who I met in a previous role, had mentioned that Primat were looking to add to the recruitment team in Aberdeen. I was looking for some internal recruitment experience, so she happily passed on my CV. I was invited into Amec and interviewed twice and was offered a permanent role the same week!

What is a typical day like for you?

It’s hard to describe a ‘typical’ day here, because no day is the same, which is what I love about my role. I have days where I am extremely focused on carrying out online research, to find out what our competition are up too and to add names of professionals to our ever growing data base. Other days I can be on the phone all day headhunting candidates for our current projects and requirements. I often travel to our Darlington office to work with the resource team there and I have even delivered a short training course on headhunting methods to my colleagues.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love how busy I am and how no two days are the same. Carrying out executive search can be a tough role in this competitive market, but I thrive on challenges. I love learning about the Oil & Gas industry and adding to my current skills. Different jobs require a different approach when it comes to headhunting; my job is unpredictable and I love it.

What are the most stressful parts of your job?

Working in executive search can be challenging. Senior roles are critical positions within any company, so it is important that I deliver a high standard of candidates to my management. I work to tight deadlines, so when the candidates I have identified are not looking for a new position at present and I have to have a short list over to my management the next day, things can get pretty stressful! This is when the true researcher comes out of me. I have to analyze anything to find new names of people who may be suitable. These names can be from conference attendee lists, referrals or even the local news!

What would you like to achieve in the future?

In near future, I would like some management or mentoring experience. I would relish the challenge of passing on myself taught skills to someone else! I would also love to explore other areas of headhunting to add to my own skill set. Later on in life, my aim is to reach a director level in a large successful organisation, maybe even my own.

Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to get into the industry?

Confidence is key. When working in recruitment, you are dealing with candidates and clients on daily basis. You need to have the confidence to sell your clients projects and vacancies. You can’t be scared to pick up the phone and speak with anyone, from a trainee to director of a company. You also have to have great organisational skills as you may be working on more than one recruitment project at a time.

What was the interview process like?

For this role I had two interviews, with two different managers. I sat down and explained my CV and my strengths and what I could bring to this role. I was nervous, but I must have done ok.

Any advice for the interview process?

Prepare! For any interview it is essential that you have some knowledge of the company, the role you are being considered for, and maybe even who you are being interviewed by. I had a good look at the company website and had a good read of the job description, to make sure I had answers in my mind for questions which may be asked. It is normal to be nervous for interviews, but you have to remember these people are just trying to learn more about your experience and personality.

What challenges have you come across and how did you come across these?

One of the challenges I have come across, is time management and balancing my work load. As I mentioned earlier, in Executive Search you can sometimes be working on more than one recruitment project at a time. I have to strategically plan my days to try and make sure I spend enough time on each project and position. By planning and prioritising, I have managed to balance my work load and continue to deliver results on time.

What ‘soft skills’ have you found useful?

A soft skill which I use on a day to day basis is my communication skills. It’s important that I have the ability to interact and present myself in a professional manner at all times. Most professionals I am headhunting are at Senior Management level, and it is important that I have the correct manner when dealing with them so I can demonstrate both my own and my companies’ skills. My organisational skills and networking skills have also come in handy.

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