I graduated in 2014 with a 1st class Business Management degree and travelled for a year gaining some basic sales experience before joining 1st Executive as a Delivery Consultant. While I had interviewed with other recruitment firms, the culture fit, the day to day involvement from the founders and the training and development were all better in my view, that what was on offer elsewhere.
The training really is first class. It is broken down into steps that can then be put into practice and embedded into your skill set. After my first year, I was promoted to an Account Development Manager and I now manage a number of key accounts and client relationships within the financial services sector. However, the training doesn’t stop just because of promotion – ongoing personal development is always very high on the agenda – there is a lot of support.
There is a real buzz on the sales floor and while it is naturally very competitive it’s also a very fun, collaborative and personable environment where people support each other. New starters are welcomed – you don’t ever feel isolated and I’ve got to know all the people really well. The firm doesn’t believe in throwing people in at the deep end to see if they can cope –yes you are expected to work hard and be ambitious - but you are also given all the tools you need to be able to succeed with regular guidance and coaching along the way. In my view, that’s very different from many other recruitment firms.