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Celebrating National Careers Week - Tom Davage, Senior Consultant

  • Publish Date: Posted 5 months ago

​Following on in our celebration of National Careers Week, an annual event that aims to provide young people in various educational and organisational settings with career guidance and support. Tom Davage reflects on his experience as a recruiter and his role at Sharp Consultancy.

Since he came on board almost three years ago in his second role since University, Tom has proven to be an essential part of the team and achieved many goals along the way.

As part of his development with us, Tom has completed the Recruitment Consultant Level 3 from the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education via Recruitment Juice, an online recruitment training platform. We offer this qualification to trainee consultants as a way of enhancing their potential with our company and helping them advance to more senior roles. Tom achieved a distinction in the qualification and this partnered with his commitment and success lead to his promotion to Senior Consultant.

Tom's story shows that recruitment can be a successful and rewarding career route for young people starting out their career.

What were you doing before you worked for Sharp Consultancy?

Before Sharp Consultancy, I was working for a national Newspaper supplier, selling advert space to tradesmen in local areas, including the North East & North West.

How did you first connect with Sharp Consultancy?

I first connected with Sharp through a Rec2Rec who put me in touch with the business.

What sparked your interest in pursuing a career at Sharp Consultancy?

I was interested in working at Sharp Consultancy because they are a long standing, local business with a good reputation. Being from Sheffield and having worked previously with people from different parts of the country, I wanted to work with local people and local businesses.

What do you enjoy most about working in recruitment?

Meeting and working with different people and businesses and fitting them both together. Hearing how happy people are in their new roles is always a great feeling.

What is the most valuable thing working here has taught you?

To not be afraid to have that difficult conversation. That was quite daunting at the start, but having a conversation that is a little uncomfortable maybe hard at the time, but clients and candidates respect you more because of it and for setting the right expectations and then delivering against them.

What is one piece of advice would you pass on to any person trying to start a career in recruitment?

Put in the hard work and you will be rewarded. It’s not easy at the start but if you continue to do the right things, believe in what you are doing and the process then you will see the benefits in no time and they far outweigh the hard work as you start out in your career in recruitment.

Are you interested in working as a recruiter? We would love to hear from you and discuss the opportunities to become part of our team.

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