I Didn’t Go To College to Become a Recruiter

Eleanor Collins 13.11.2018

“Some people get an education without going to college. The rest get it after they get out.” 

The year was 2014 - the Scottish decided it’s too much hassle to leave the UK, Kanye tied the knot with Kim (only because Kanye couldn’t marry Kanye) and Luis Suarez got banned from World Football for four months when he decided to take a chunk out of Giorgio Chiellini’s arm. 2014 wasn’t a bad year for events back home either. The “Ice-bucket” challenge and water-charges protests were in full swing, Gareth Brooks didn’t perform in Ireland's most talked about “almost” concert,  Tánaiste Joan Burton got barricaded into her car and hit by a few water balloons, Brian O’Driscoll decided to hang up his boots but only after helping Ireland win yet another Six Nations and I finished college with no idea what I wanted to do.

When I was younger, I remember my 2nd Class teacher asking the class what we wanted to be when we grew up. One-by-one, each one of my classmates gave defined answers. Some wanted to be teachers while others wanted to doctors. For a few, the lavish lifestyle of a Premier League soccer player was too much to pass up but when it came to myself, I had no answer at all. I had no idea what I wanted to be but thought nothing more of it. Fast forward to 2014 and nothing had changed. No quicker had the ink dried on my college degree and I was posed with the exact same question and still had no answer. Something had to change. I was no longer a child that wanted to become a Power Ranger so 2014 was the year in which I needed to grow up. The year that Brian O’Driscoll decided to hang up his boots in his rugby career, I was only beginning to try and put mine on.

I didn’t join Morgan McKinley in 2014, that happened later (to the benefit of my now co-workers) - reason being I didn’t know they existed. I didn’t go to college to become a recruiter, like most recruiters I “fell” into it but I haven’t looked back since. Recruitment is complicated and that’s putting it lightly. The low’s can be low but the highs will always make it worth it. One thing I found about Morgan McKinley is that great people make great jobs. Anyone can become a recruiter but Morgan McKinley doesn’t just hire anyone. The Engineering Team is testament to that. We’ve grown from a team of 2 to a small army of 8 in the space of 16 or so months and I couldn’t hand pick a better bunch if I tried. From the Dublin Dynamo that is Barry Bowen to Eleanor “You Delighted” Collins there is never a boring day. Can’t forget Michelle O’Sullivan and her love of yellow jumpers, Lisa O’Neill with her weekly hair appointments and Fiona Durkin who brings a bit of class to the team every time she says the name Margaret. The final two consultants that make up our team are the ever industrious Juanita Vosloo and Orfhlaith “Orla” O’Donoghue.

Working for Morgan McKinley isn’t simply about matching candidates to jobs based upon their CVs. Being a Morgan McKinley recruiter is so much more. It means juggling a number of skills - both professional and personable - in order to build a rapport and expertly assign the most suitable candidate to your client. You are not only aiming to build a strong and trusting, mutually respectful relationship with your clients but also to build long lasting relationship with the candidates you speak with. I enjoy the thrill of closing a deal. I might not do it as often as I'd like but it’s always exciting when it does happen. The fact that you have won the business, found a candidate, taken them through the interview process and that they accepted the job gives you enormous pleasure. Outside of putting money in your back pocket, the incredible sense of satisfaction that comes with helping talented individuals to find their ideal job will never get old. 

Morgan McKinley are always looking for talented and hungry individuals to join our fantastic company. Here’s a few vacancies I don’t mind sharing:

•    Jill Collins is looking for a new best friend since her last went onto pastures new.

•    Darragh McCarthy wouldn’t mind a couple more people who also match their socks and ties to join himself and his Supply Chain team as they continue to take over the world.

•    Maria Hogan is getting sick of trying to convince everyone that Carlow is actually a nice place so wouldn’t mind finding someone else to help her out.

•    Finally, I’m currently in talks with Bryan Hyland  to get me a new chauffeur to replace a person that we no longer speak about.

That’s only a snippet of the open opportunities that Morgan McKinley have to offer. To view an extensive list on our careers page please click HERE. 

You don’t need to be an experienced recruiter to be good at what we do, I didn’t even know what Morgan McKinley was until I seen their job advert. If you like working in a vibrant, target driven atmosphere and have a confident personality then I would recommend a career in recruitment. Once you join Morgan McKinley, the opportunities to progress are endless - be it in Ireland or overseas. With offices located globally, you can both travel the world and continue your career. 

That all sounds great but every person has their own motivators. For me personally, what I love about recruitment is the company I work for. As I said, I didn’t go to college to become a recruiter but I did go to college to work for a company like Morgan McKinley. So therefore, if you want to learn more about what working for Morgan McKinley is really like or talk about Joan Burton being hit by a couple of water balloons then please feel free to get in touch with myself on 021-2300300.

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Associate Director