My Journey Towards Becoming A Recruiter

Maria Suasti 04.10.2018

The journey towards becoming a recruiter is not always a straightforward one...

So lately I got a message from a candidate asking me how to become a recruiter. I answered that it was essentially a job that required talking to new people and working with targets, if he enjoyed both he would love being a recruiter. But if you think about a real honest answer, most of us end up in recruitment because of life itself. It’s really easy to talk about this subject now that I’m in this position but honestly I still have no idea how I ended up here myself, it just happened. Which is why today I’d like to write about the decisions that ultimately guided me to become a recruiter. 

When I was 14 I remember a teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up and in some way that moved something inside me since all my friends had great elaborate answers - they wanted to be doctors, artists, architects, designers, and I seriously had no clue if I even liked any of those careers. I was still defining who I wanted to be as a person, and thinking about a job was definitely not my priority. So I threw myself into several experiences that I thought would define my future career. 

I started Belly dancing when I turned 15, and I got into it so much that I seriously thought I would be a professional dancer touring all the way to Egypt but then I realized I couldn’t put all the time in which I would need to practice, I still had my studies ahead of me and I didn’t want to go that far away from home, just yet.

After that I became part of a kickboxing club and went as far as training every Monday to Friday, even attempting to compete during the weekends. But then I realized by training only with guys I started becoming a bit too muscular for a 5’1 girl, and this wasn’t exactly helping me become better at beating the competition. As much as I liked it, it wasn’t worth it enough to get my teeth knocked out so I also decided that wasn’t for me.

Later the time to be a bit more serious came and  I had to choose a career for my university studies, and even though I had no idea of what I wanted to do when I grew up I did know who I wanted to be and I realized I needed to go for a career that forced me to do all the things I was scared of doing, like public speaking. This is why I chose the only career that would literally force me to speak in public at least once a week for 4 years in a row. I survived all that and little by little I became better, still I wasn’t a pro but difficult situations like this suddenly became part of my everyday. 

But after all of this, I still didn’t know what I wanted to work in. so when I had the chance I went on an adventure to France, hoping to find myself, and perhaps figure out what to do with my life. I went to the Eiffel tower, learned a little French and made excellent new friends. I even ended up finding my future husband, but still no ideal job.
 
After that, I must admit I was a bit depressed, I felt I couldn't find that thing that made me passionate and happy enough to continue with it so I decided to just let myself go with the flow. That ended up being the best decision I could take, since not long after that I met a recruiter in a school fair who turned out was looking for a new addition to her team. At first I questioned the decision of accepting the offer since I would have to call people I’d never talked to before on a daily basis, which seemed quite uncomfortable to me, but I had decided to leave things to fate so I took the job and found out all the things I liked about recruitment.

Recruitment is complicated, it has moments in which you just question where all your effort went but it can also be really inspiring, especially when you have a candidate thanking you for finding their dream job. So I realized I was actually doing a job where I got to help people that were in the situation I was before finding this job, and I could contribute even if just a little so that someone out there would find their path, just like I eventually did.  

So if you’re thinking you would enjoy a role where you get to prove yourself, and set challenges that will help you improve your skills, you can always apply to be a recruitment consultant with Morgan McKinley, a recruitment agency where you get encouraged to learn, improve, and contribute to making people happy. 

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Associate Consultant | HR Recruitment
msuasti@morganmckinley.ie