My first 8 months in recruitment….
I was coming to the end of 4 long years studying in university, and I
was truly at a point where I really didn’t know what I was supposed
to do next. Family and friends would keep asking me what my plans
were when I completed my degree and every time, my answer would
be “I have no idea”.
At the time, I was working part-time as a support worker whilst in
university, and although I loved my job, I knew that this wasn’t what I
wanted to do forever. At this point, I was well and truly torn. Do I go
full time in my support worker job? Do I look for a different job? Do I
go travelling? I really didn’t know.
I then found Hoop Recruitment. A fresh, new recruitment agency
that was totally different to the big corporate companies I had come
across. After looking at Hoop’s website, it was clear that they were
normal, honest people who enjoyed helping others into jobs they
I applied for a support worker role through Hoop and later that
day; I received a phone call to ask if I could come in for an interview.
Following this interview, I was asked if I had ever considered
working in recruitment. I was truthful and said that I had wanted to
work in recruitment for a while but wasn’t entirely sure what was
the best route to go down.
I was always interested in Recruitment. Everything I had heard
about it was always positive. However, It was always my
understanding that it was quite a tricky sector to get in to without
any previous experience. I would often have a look online at
recruitment positions but almost all of them would state that I would
need relevant experience.
My details were then passed on to one of the directors of Hoop,
which led to a few conversations about the opportunities available. I
was then offered an informal interview, which then led onto a
formal interview and later that day, I was offered the job. I was over
the moon! I couldn’t wait to get stuck in and learn everything there is
to know about recruitment.
1 month later and my first day was around the corner. Naturally,
the nerves started to kick in, but I was still just as excited. Everyone
at Hoop was so warm and welcoming towards me. Each and every
one of them gave me the support I needed to understand and learn
The next thing I know, it’s 8 months down the line and I am still
enjoying my job just as much as I did on my first day. No two days are the same in recruitment, which makes it all the more exciting. It’s always a gamble when you try something you’ve never done before, but I can honestly say – I love my job. To be able to wake up every morning and actually look forward to work is something I’ve always considered as rare. I am lucky.
I’m looking forward to what the future at Hoop will bring and the
relationships I will make along the way.
Who am I? A 23 year old Education graduate who decided to join the emotional rollercoaster world of
recruitment. With no knowledge or experience in the sector, I really didn't know what to expect when I
applied for this role.
Fast forward to six months in and I thoroughly love what I do and who I do it with. Don't get me wrong, it
hasn't always been full of smiles and laughter, there have been tough days where it has felt like the world
was against me. Fortunately, I have been working alongside the most genuine and caring people who
have got me through these days and onto the next.
The good days have definitely outweighed the bad. Working in a fast-paced environment with some of
the most driven and passionate colleagues really opened my eyes to what recruitment really was. No
day is the same - which personally, I love. Routine is boring! It also made me realise just how hard the
world of recruitment is. I would be lying if I said I didn't leave the office some days mentally and
emotionally drained - but I wouldn't change a thing.
The last 6 months have been a huge learning curve for me. From working in a different place, in a new
sector with new people, it has developed me in all aspects of my life that I could never have imagined.
One thing is for certain - I could not have done the last 6 months without the help, guidance and genuine
friendship from each and every Hoop member.
Six months in and I am still learning new things every single day. With probation passed and now being a
permanent member at Hoop, I am looking forward to the next 6 months and what it brings for both myself
and the team!