I had a few questions to ask James Rogers, principal consultant in the UK and his advice for someone just getting into the industry, his number one secret to success and the proudest moment in his career.
1. How did you get into recruitment?
A friend of mine recommended it to me whilst I was finishing University, and then when I saw the OTE on the adverts I was convinced it was for me!
2. What is your advice for someone just getting into recruitment?
My number one advice would be to simply outwork everyone else. Make sure you’re known as the hardest working associate, put the hours in to start. Try to absorb as much as possible, especially from high-performing people in the business and emulate those successful habits early on.
Finally, for me, it's cultivating relationships internally and externally, recruitment is all about the relationships, building your brand and making relationships is key.
3. What is it about recruitment that has kept you in the industry?
The relationships I’ve made and the culture is addictive. The financial gain is also a huge drive.
4. What is the proudest moment in your career to date?
The first time I finished top in my division, that was a proud moment and the first real acknowledgement that the hard work had paid off.
5. What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career so far and how have you overcome that?
The rejections and understanding that it's not detrimental and it actually helps build you as a recruiter. Sounds cliché but looking at what you can do differently next time and understanding how it develops you personally is invaluable.
6. What is your number 1 secret to success?
Leaving no stone unturned. I'm a big believer that the harder you work the luckier you get! Personally, for me, it's organisation as well, you’re constantly spinning plates in recruitment so having some structure is key for me.
7. What’s the best career advice you’ve ever been given?
Foster relationships with everyone and also be known as the hardest worker.
8. What are you driven by and how do you stay motivated?
Creating goals is vital for me, having personal and career goals whether it's money or promotions. Having a plan gives that clarity on what needs to be done and how to achieve it.
9. How do you keep a work-life balance?
The gym is a huge part of my personal life, having that enables me to switch off and keep that balance. But admittedly I don’t have any qualms with answering emails or calls outside of work hours, especially if someone is in need of advice urgently!
10. Why Eames?
People and the culture, it’s a high-performing and highly rewarding company.