Ben Thompsett joined Barrington James in in October 2017 and began in our associates team fresh out of college, 1 year on, he is on the way to moving in to our 360 training academy and taking the suitable steps forward in his career with us.

Take a few minutes to read what it’s like to be a first-year recruiter at Barrington James!

What prompted me to get into recruitment?

The real prompt was the environment of the company, being around people of similar ages to me, all with the same intentions and motivations makes work-life a lot easier.

When I was in school and college, I knew sales was my passion. Sales suited my personality as the lifestyle is fast-paced, exhilarating and competitive which is everything I look for. Recruitment was never the first option for me, to be honest, I never knew recruitment would be so sales based until I did more research into it.

I got into the job and Barrington James after I was referred by someone I went to college and school with, Dominic Withers, who was at Barrington James 3 months before me. Since then, I have learned the ins and outs of Recruitment and haven’t looked back since…

What has your experience been like with Barrington James so far?

In one word, intense. I’ve had a lot of ups and downs and things to improve on, but the training from the most experienced recruiters and training staff make sure we don’t make the same mistake twice. This has enabled me to break records, win incentives and build a very strong network. Recruitment is intense in every company, at Barrington James, recruitment is very rewarding and extremely enjoyable!

What is the best part of your Recruitment career so far?

For me, seeing how far I can push myself is probably the thing I’m most proud on looking back. Transitioning into my first full time job was always going to be difficult and I have now established how hard I can push myself in such a fast-paced environment. I learn new things every day and coming into recruitment was of course challenging. However, I can proudly say that the fact I have received a number of offers, booked deals and won multiple incentives shows I have come a long way since the start.

What is the hardest part of Recruitment so far?

Probably overcoming how things can change in one day is mentally hard. You can have the best month of sending CV’s or receiving interviews but things can change in a matter of hours. I have had the experience of realising ‘enough is never enough’ in this job and getting used to that took me a while and still sometimes catches me out every now and then!

What have I been good at in my first year?

Over the course of the first 12 months, I have been successful in multiple different markets. Unlike many recruitment agencies, Barrington James offer people the chance with no experience in recruitment or knowledge on the Pharmaceutical industry to find their feet in a 180 role. I’ve had multiple offers from 5 different markets. Now, I’m able to find my feet in the industry, pick my favourite market and become even more successful when I’m in a full consultant level. I would say therefore I’ve been good at growing a network all across the market which is crucial to my development long term.

What have your struggles been?

Keeping consistent. As someone who had no sales experience coming into this job, I wasn’t really sure how to continuously keep hitting targets without putting any plans into place. Recruitment is full of ups and downs, the lowest points are when you know you may not hit your targets. The way Barrington James has helped me implement plans that suit my style of recruitment has helped me to maintain better consistency in the most recent months, but it has definitely been my toughest challenge yet and thankfully it has worked.

What is your advice to college leavers like yourself?

Just to prepare as much as you can. Coming into a job like recruitment, there is only so much you can learn outside of the job, but preparing for it will go a long way. Also, don’t hesitate to ask questions to anyone. The advice I have received from consultants who have been in my position before has been extremely influential in my progression. Most new people fail in recruitment when they get their first taste of rejection, to be successful it’s about what you do during that times to turn things around and asking for help and getting advice from those experienced around you will make a massive difference.

What do you wish you knew back then that you know now?

During college, I knew I was going into sales, but never really considered Recruitment at all. I went into a Sales Executive apprenticeship in Estate Agency which is very incomparable to this role. I wish I knew about Barrington James before I did because If I had come into the company straight after college, rather than the apprenticeship, I would have bought a new Mercedes, probably a Rolex and a few more holidays than what I’ve had!

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