Surprisingly, very few recruiters cite the industry sector they originally entered as the primary reason for getting into recruitment or joining their company. Especially with larger firms, new entrants are assigned primarily based upon the market needs of the company at that moment in time.
My story: a good friend of mine got me into recruitment in 2013. He worked in the healthcare sector, an industry that I hadn`t the faintest idea about at the time. I joined him. Like any rookie recruiter driven by a desire to succeed, I deep dove into market, learned as much as I could from my colleagues, my candidates, and my clients — and after some time I began to really understand the business.
Outside of work, I’m a big outdoor guy. I spend most weekends on mountains and trails, and I run competitive ultra-marathons in the Himalayas, Alps etc. These experiences made me acutely aware of climate change and environmental issues – to me, this became the problem I wanted to contribute to solving.
Fast-forward to now. My company backed my request to venture into this space, which is new both for the company and for me. I now lead a team across Tokyo and Manila focused on Renewable Energy and Clean Technology — and I`m loving it.
So, have you ever felt an urge to recruit in a different space, one you are more passionate about? Thinking outside of recruitment and work – what excites you or makes you curious? Is it cutting edge tech or sports? Fashion? Cars? How about issues such as healthcare or the climate crisis? If you do want to make a change of sector focus, here are some things to consider: