I had a few questions to ask William Bragg, senior consultant, and he shared his advice for someone just getting started in recruitment, challenges he has faced and how he has overcome them.
1. How did you get into recruitment?
Quite a random story. I wanted to get into insurance having been an engineer for a year out of university. A family friend who owns a recruitment business then offered a day of work experience with his company. I really liked the feel of recruitment so started applying for both recruitment and insurance jobs. I then got offered the job at Eames which was a mix of both so accepted the role and haven’t looked back.
2. What is your advice for someone just getting into recruitment?
It isn’t easy, but at the same time, it is easy. As long as you keep the activity up every week everything else will fall into place. The deals will come if you send CVs, the jobs will come if you make calls, it is hard to maintain, but that simple!
3. What is it about recruitment that has kept you in the industry?
I find the market interesting, colleagues, my team and my manager all work very well together. Good company culture as well!
4. What is your proudest moment in your career to date?
Being promoted from Associate Consultant to Consultant. Going from a 180 role to 360 is a tough transition.
5. What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career so far and how have you overcome that?
Probably the Associate Consultant to Consultant transition and being in lockdown. Broking and underwriting is very much a face to face market thus challenging to recruit for via video calls.
I think confidence was the key part in overcoming the role transition and trying to remember both candidates and clients are humans.
Lockdown I think is a case of accepting it and controlling the things unaffected.
6. What is your number 1 secret to success?
Sounds cliché but work hard! It is the same for any job!
7. What’s the best career advice you’ve ever been given?
No single piece. The people I work closely with and learning from them day in day out is pretty invaluable for me.
8. What are you driven by and how do you stay motivated?
I wanted to get my first property which I have now achieved, and I stay motivated by the competitive nature and career progression.
9. What do you think you would have been had you not gone into recruitment?
10. People would be surprised if they knew?
I used to be an engineer and spent the whole day not talking to anyone.