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A day in the life of a Recruitment Consultant in Sydney

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A day in the life of a Recruitment Consultant in Sydney

Andy joined Navartis in early 2018 as the first consultant to work alongside our Australian Director. Since then, Andy has been instrumental in the Sydney team’s growth. To celebrate Andy’s 2 year anniversary at Navartis, we sat down to find out how he spends his day and how the role has changed over the past 24 months.

What does your typical day consist of?

A typical day starts with a morning scrum that I run with the Civils team. We talk about our objectives for the day and where we want to be at close of play. 

Core hours in the morning I’m on the phone to candidates and clients, balancing between taking in/actioning leads and working the current temp jobs on my desk. During the middle of the day I’m usually actioning emails, following up on spec outs with clients and getting admin done. 

I usually spend the afternoon taking the candidates that I am working to market, doing spec out calls, actioning leads that I have taken in the morning and shortlisting jobs.

Just before close of play we do the wrap up scrum where we discuss how we got on during the day and if we achieved what we set out to do. 

On Tuesdays and Fridays I catch up with [Sydney Director] Paul Harris where we discuss “big picture” items. On Friday I have weekly catch ups with the team and throughout the week I have regular one on ones with them, helping them with GROW coaching, providing mentorship, training and guidance.

How have you changed as a consultant in the past 18-24 months?

There were plenty of challenges at the start of my journey in recruitment. Probably the biggest were overcoming objections, continuing to be persistent in the face of rejection, and just getting used to the up and down nature of the job. I feel these challenges have helped me grow into the recruiter I am today. I enjoy the challenge of overcoming objections and turning no’s into yes’s. 

In my first year I also made my share of mistakes. But I found that the more mistakes I made, the more I grew and learned from them, which helped shape me and make me a stronger recruiter. 

Training from the UK with [Training Manager] Paul Eaton has been helpful. I also look to Paul Harris, [Navartis Directors] Jim and Justyn for mentoring and this has greatly assisted my development. I couldn’t have gotten to where I am now without their help, support and guidance. 

Overall, the training and development I have received whilst at Navartis is without comparison and easily the best I have experienced in my professional career.


How does the office dynamic feel now that you’re part of a larger team?

The dynamic of the office has changed quite dramatically since the inception of Navartis Sydney. Starting out working as Paul’s right-hand man two years ago, it was literally just Paul and I as a two man band working in a small office. Fast forward now two years, there’s a gang of us working in a larger office and we have specific teams that we work in. 

I enjoy and relish being one of the more experienced senior members of the team. It gives me an opportunity to provide GROW coaching, mentorship and guidance to junior members of the team, which I get a lot out of and have a natural affinity towards. 

At the end of every quarter we usually go on a night out and this is generally dinner at a swanky restaurant and drinks with the team. It’s a really fun, energetic and lively atmosphere in the office and we all get on really well.

There is a lot communication between teams, we often pass each other leads and always try to help each other out. It’s a great environment to work in and I relish coming into work.

What advice would you give to someone joining the Sydney team?

Some key bits of advice I’d give to a new starter would be to make sure you’re open to constructive feedback. It will help you to grow and develop. If you can take criticism on board and use it to improve, you’ll go far. 

I think resilience is also another highly important character trait you need in order to be successful. There’s always rejection in recruitment so if you have the ability to just keep on going no matter what, it’s going to help no end. 

Obviously good communication and interpersonal skills help as it’s a very phone-heavy job. Organisational and time management skills are something that I initially struggled with at first but have learned are paramount, especially the ability to prioritise what is most important. 

Confidence and not having any fear will set you up well for success as well.

What is the most rewarding part of the job?

I love the thrill of recruitment. I particularly love the chase when it comes to building relationships with key clients, chasing down leads and just the overall rollercoaster ride that is recruitment. 

I am generally a person that likes change and can get on board with things easily so I find the fact that there aren’t any two days the same in this job exciting. You just never know what you’ll have achieved by close of play each day. 

I love knowing that I have been here since the start of Navartis Sydney and witnessed the exponential growth we have achieved. I’m proud to say I’ve played an integral part in that growth. 

I love learning and continuing to grow as both a recruiter and a leader, and I relish the challenge of bettering myself on a daily basis, finding areas for improvement. 

Obviously there are real financial benefits positives to the job when it comes to earning commission and continuing to work towards incremental salary increases and promotions. Navartis’s career structure is very clearly defined and I’m a very driven person from a career progression perspective. 

But probably the most rewarding thing of all is the feeling I get when I know I have helped people find their dream job.

We're recruiting!

Navartis are specialist recruitment consultants supplying highly skilled technical and management professionals. Our Sydney office is currently looking for a Recruitment Consultant to join our growing team. To discuss further, email or call +44 (0)1302 638 519.

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