A typical day as a Consultant at Principal People…
From start to finish:
08:30 – Start work. Have a coffee and eat breakfast, regularly provided by the Directors! Check emails and make any urgent calls.
08:45 – Morning Team Meeting… discuss what you achieved the day before and what you target yourself to achieve today. We use this opportunity to ask internally who people know and discuss any potential placements that could be made today. We often have open dialogue, brain storm and share ideas to help each other.
09:00 – Analyse job boards (Such as CV Library / Monster), target client websites and social network sites to find out who is hiring – this is all in preparation for the Business Development session later on.
09:30 – Take a call from a client who has a requirement for a Health and Safety Manager based in London. Book a meeting for tomorrow to truly understand the position and their culture (we are a quality focused business and like to meet all our clients and candidates face-to-face when and where possible). In the meantime, your Resourcer will advertise the role and begin to search through our extensive candidate community and your combined talent pools for potential candidates. We fill 72% of our roles through our candidate community network.
10:00 – Business Development call session to make introductions to potential clients and continue to build relationships with existing clients to ultimately bring on new vacancies. This is generally a Consultant’s favourite time of the day; imagine a busy, loud sales room, with each Consultant completely focused on picking up new business. There is a general buzz in the office during this time, especially as our company wide incentive this quarter is to go on our infamous PP holiday! Earlier this year the entire company were treated to a well-deserved long weekend to a beautiful villa in rural Spain. We are now on our way to achieving Q4 target and set to book our seats for 2019’s adventure!
12:30 – Review the day so far. Adjust your day plan accordingly. Read and respond to emails.
13:00 – Lunch Time – We encourage all of the team to get away from their desks and enjoy a proper break. Once a week our team enjoy an extended lunchbreak of 90 minutes to use towards fitness and wellbeing. Once a month, the top performers join lunch club, which is a meal out with the Directors at a fancy restaurant and the afternoon off; just one of the many benefits of working for Principal People.
14:00 – A candidate who has applied for a role you’re working on comes in for an arranged interview. This gives us a great understanding of their key attributes and personality. As a Recruitment Consultant, our role is so varied – we are always meeting clients and candidates and are not just tied to our desks!
14:30 – The candidate you just interviewed provided details of companies they would love to work for, so you reach out to these organisations through our network to introduce yourself and your candidate. Principal People fill approximately 27% of our roles through referrals and it’s a big part of what we do.
15:00 – Back to Business Development for a company-wide power hour! At Principal People we enjoy full autonomy to manage our own diaries in a professional, adult environment but many elect to work together for power hours as it’s a great way to motivate each other.
16.00 – You now start to screen applications and candidate's CV’s for the vacancies you are recruiting for. When you have identified potential candidates, this will be followed by interviewing candidates and putting them forward for suitable positions.
17:00 – Administration – Send the candidates CV’s you have sourced earlier to your clients. Advertise any vacancies you have registered from clients earlier in the day across our range of social media sites, allowing candidates to apply this evening.
17:30 – Contact all candidates you couldn’t speak to until they’ve finished work.
18:00 – Plan your day for tomorrow. On a Friday we finish at 5.00pm and get together at the local pub. We also often attend networking events in London, meeting with potential clients and candidates, which gives us a good understanding of the industry and allows us to truly engage with our candidate and client base.