Global COO, Ger Fitzgerald, is our special guest blogger today. Here, he talks about how he fell into recruitment.
Well I did. I set out with no intention of entering the recruitment business and certainly had very little knowledge of what recruitment was all about. I started life doing marketing, I fell into that too! My career guidance teacher at school showed me an article which suggested that I could earn £25,000 by the age of 25. Back in the early eighties to a barely post-pubescent teenager that was a fortune, so off I went, though I didn’t get very far. I did my third level studies, couldn’t get a marketing job and ended up in sales.
I fell into recruitment because my sister asked me to join her recently established recruitment consultancy. I said yes as I was bored selling breakfast cereal to shops around Ireland. Anything had to be better and isn’t recruitment about selling, or so I thought.
Wrong again, yes it is a performance-based business and selling can be part of it but it is so much more. It is about consulting, providing genuine advice, identifying real solutions for clients and candidates alike and delivering outstanding service.
At Morgan McKinley we look for great people from a variety of backgrounds with a diverse range of experience, qualifications and understanding. I am often reminded of a line in a song that goes “All god’s creatures got a place in the choir, some sing higher and some sing lower, some sing out loud on the telephone wire and some just clap their hands”
Many of the most successful people in our company likewise come from a great variety of backgrounds. They certainly didn’t set out to work in recruitment. Most have left stellar careers behind them in search of fulfilment and the buzz that goes with getting up and going to work in an environment that encourages all types of people from all kinds of backgrounds to succeed. The right career is out there for everyone – you just need to find your place in the choir. I have found mine at Morgan McKinley (although some days I still sing out of tune!) Maybe you should consider joining me in the choir, you never know it may be the best decision you will ever make.