I had a few questions to ask Joshua Bellot-Ryan, technology consultant at Eames Consulting in the UK, and he shared the challenges he's faced, his number one secret to success, and the best career advice he's ever been given.
1. How did you get into recruitment?
I was referred by one of my closest friends! He thought I’d be good at it because of my sales background, and I like talking to new people every day (he wasn’t wrong)!
2. What is your advice for someone just getting into recruitment?
You need to have a lot of willpower in your first year. It’s going to be very tough, but you have to keep fighting!
3. What is it about recruitment that has kept you in the industry?
I feel like every recruiter needs to have confidence in themselves. I get such a sense of elation when I find someone their perfect role or help a company by placing a team.
4. What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career so far, and how have you overcome that?
Having to build out my brand from scratch in the early days and having no client or candidate know who I was and the value I could bring. The only way I overcame that was to keep going into every conversation, knowing that I would add value to any client or candidate that gave me some time, staying positive, and eventually, my first client gave me a chance.
5. What is your number 1 secret to success?
Luck only comes with hard work.
6. What’s the best career advice you’ve ever been given?
This career is a law of averages. The more people you connect with, the higher your odds of doing a deal and making placements. Leave every day feeling like you put yourself in the best position to change your life.
7. What are you driven by, and how do you stay motivated?
Family mainly but I need money to look after them, so I’ll say money. What keeps me motivated is seeing my seniors being able to look after themselves and their own loved ones and knowing they started where I did. It can be done!
8. What do you think you would have been had you not gone into recruitment?
A model probably, or something in social media (my mum would’ve pushed me down that route!). If it were up to me, it would probably be real estate, luxury sales or maybe a pilot because my mum also wants free travel!
9. How do you keep a work/life balance?
By making life work for me. I make sure I’m productive as possible during the day, whether it’s during the week or the weekends so that I can focus on the important things in life outside of hours, my family and friends.
10. Why Eames?
The learning and development has kept me and I’ve really connected with some of the senior team who give me a lot of advice. I like my colleagues too, they put up with my annoying tendencies and hyperactivity. Shout out to the technology team!