"You have to be attentive to the little details because every piece of information counts and consistency is king!"
I had a few questions to ask Keo Salonga, consultant in Singapore, and he shared his advice for someone just getting into recruitment, the challenges he has faced, the proudest moments of his career and what keeps him driven.
1. How did you get into recruitment? Fresh from college back in the Philippines, I was not fully aware of the opportunities for a career in recruitment until I flew to Singapore right after graduating from university and met a couple of good people who work in in the sector. They both influenced me to pursue a career in recruitment!
2. What is your advice for someone just getting into recruitment? Two words: MENTAL FORTITUDE! Recruitment is a highly social job with a sales element, pitching basically the most interesting product out there - people!
3. What is it about recruitment that has kept you in the industry? It keeps you on your toes! Aside from the monetary rewards (from your blood, sweat, and sometimes tears), the knowledge you gain from your colleagues, clients, industry experts and leaders is inspiring and really sticks with you both personally and professionally.
4. What is your proudest moment in your career to date? For me, there are many ways in recruitment to celebrate your wins. The little things count, from hitting my daily KPIs to going beyond it, getting that elusive client to sign business terms with you, finding a spot-on candidate for a role, and of course, seeing all your efforts translates into a successful deal/placement.
I am pleased with some of the achievements I have had over the years, but my proudest moments are when people in the industry (be that a client or a candidate) reaches out to me to seek my advice or service; that makes me say to myself that I did something right.
5. What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career so far and how have you overcome that? I believe I am speaking not just for myself but also for most people globally, the biggest challenge to date will be our COVID-19 stricken market.
I started my employment with Eames just a couple of months before the pandemic hit us and prior to the job market almost closing down. I am fortunate to be part of and have very resilient teammates and managers that will help the company to brave through these tough times and push me to my potential.
6. What is your number one secret to success? Easier said than done - but always listen, be accountable to everything you do, adapt and be consistent.
7. What’s the best career advice you’ve ever been given? In this business you have to be attentive to the little details because every piece of information counts and consistency is king!
8. What are you driven by and how do you stay motivated? My family. I constantly remind myself what the goal is, why I am here, to whom I do this all for, and what should I do to get there. So, wake up, make it happen, and pick up that phone!
9. How do you keep a work / life balance? I am in constant pursuit of finding new ways and a formula, but what works for me so far is to really make the most of your downtime for personal activities and stick to hobbies (or other passions) that keep you sane. Love yourself too! One must really grind during work, then reward yourself upon doing so. Always celebrate the wins, whether it is big or small.
10. Why Eames? I really felt the level of competency and dedication of the people during my rounds of interviews, and I truly believe I have made the best decision in my career. I believe that Eames has a great working environment and colleagues that would really push me to the next level and bring me closer to my professional success.