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What it takes to make a successful career in recruitment

What it takes to make a successful career in recruitment

By Stuart Douglass

Stuart Douglass has worked in recruitment for more than 17 years and has grown and managed successful teams across the North of England. He offers his top advice on how to have a thriving career in recruitment.


How did you get into recruitment?

I started in recruitment in 1999 after graduating university. I would certainly recommend to any graduates that do not know what career path they want to follow to try at least a spell in recruitment. Even if it isn’t something you pursue long term there are not many other industries which can offer you such a breadth of value business skills – commerciality, issue resolution, negotiation, team building – so quickly.


What should someone look for when they are considering a career in recruitment?

Not all recruitment firms are the same! Before Sharp, I worked at a large national company which had a very strong team culture and was focused on people development but far too much time was spent talking about strategy. For me, Sharp is a wonderful size – big enough to be established in the market but nimble enough to move quickly which gives people great opportunities to develop their careers. It is important to ask about opportunities for progression and what value is placed on training and development as well as what your earning potential might be.


What can those new to the industry learn from experienced consultants like yourself?

I genuinely enjoy working in recruitment – you can learn so much from someone who not only has experience, but has a passion for the industry. I would like to think that my experience cannot only help individuals with ‘how to recruit’ but also by pulling teams together guide consultants and managers to develop further as business professionals.


Is there one thing about your own approach that you would pass on to someone new to recruitment?

I have always had strong values about treating people with respect and expecting the same in return. Recruitment often has a reputation that you need to be ‘selfish’ in order to succeed – this isn’t the case – when I joined Sharp last year I immediately noticed not only how ambitious, driven and focused the people in the business were but also how supportive the team was.


What does it take to carve out a successful and long-term career in recruitment?

Tenacity, the ability to build trust amongst people and good mind management.


Stuart specialises in placing qualified interim finance candidates with clients in the industry sector across West and North Yorkshire. Find out more about Stuart here


Are you thinking about your next move in recruitment? Find out more about the career opportunities at Sharp Consultancy here