Gareth Llewellyn - Aug 19, 2016

A day in the life of a Recruitment Consultant

Please allow me to introduce myself….my name is Gareth and I’m D R Newitts Social Media Executive. I’ve been working with the company for the last six weeks and it’s already clear why D R Newitt are doing so well. Their strong work ethic keeps them in top form, not expecting anything less than second to none results.

So you’ve got this far, and you know we recruit within the Food & Drink Manufacturing Sector, but the story doesn’t end there….

What we’d like you to know is what really happens inside D R Newitt. Sure, we work really hard and build great relationships, but what really happens day to day with one of our recruitment consultants? Today I’ve had a sit down with one of our valued team members. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Cassi….

Internet…. Cassi……Cassi……the internet.


Cassie is a young, smart and respectable recruitment consultant wouldn’t you say? Working for D R Newitt for the past two and a half years, Cassi focuses on the Technical sector within the business. This includes candidates from Quality Management, Specifications, Technical Managers and Directors.

Within Technical, there’s a lot of talent within the sector and we tend to find it’s a very competitive area for candidates. As a result, Cassi finds she often needs to headhunt people with very specific skill sets. We have an extensive database comprising of candidates with whom we may have previously interviewed, placed or spoken with about our available roles. Cassi also spends a lot of time on Social Media to boost her own personal network of candidates, to ensure the position is filled with the best person for the job.

After gaining a good initial understanding of her role, I then sat down with Cassi and asked her to describe a typical day at D R Newitt.

A Day in the life.

Cassi explained she starts thinking about recruitment way before she hits the office, but let’s start things off from 8:30 when she arrives and is raring to go! Over to Cassi to talk us through her day:

8:30 – I like to check my emails on the train into work, as this frees me to carry out any urgent administrative duties that need my immediate attention as soon as I arrive into this office. My first tasks of the day include coordinating candidate and clients’ diaries and setting up interviews which can be a difficult task.

9:00 – By this time I get straight on the phone to candidates. I ensure that I prioritise any candidates that may have contacted me the previous evening. I’m currently recruiting for a Technical Manager and I instantly think of one of my candidates, who I know would be perfect for this particular position. I put her forward for the role and am confident we can confirm an interview for her today.

9:30 – Time to start some research into potential new clients and introduce D R Newitt and our services. As well as researching new clients, I also like to use this time to catch up with our existing Clients. We like to keep in touch with our clients on a regular basis to strengthen our working relationship and also to receive updates on how our previously placed candidates are getting on in their new roles.

10:30 – Typically a skype interview will be arranged at this time. This is a great chance to interact with one of my candidates and really get to know them as a person. The interview process allows the candidate to convey what kind of work they are looking for, enabling us to create a more personalised and specific character reference.

11:30 – Is it already 11:30? Back on the phone I go to chase my tail since my emails have been going mad during the interview.

13:00 – Lunch! That’s right, on a good day even a Recruitment Consultant gets a lunch break. A quick trip to Nikki’s Sandwich bar is the usual D R Newitt lunchtime routine.

14:00 – Returning from lunch it is now clear that I won’t be finishing until 18:30 due to the work built up from this morning. Now to the best part of the job……calling up a candidate to let them know they have been successful. This is such a great feeling, knowing that my hard work has paid off and both the candidate and client are happy.

15:00 – One of my existing clients is up in Edinburgh for the week enjoying the Fringe so we decided this was a good opportunity catch up. They’re a family-owned company for a large food processor who I’ve worked with for a while, and are based in the south which is the area I deal with. I treated them to a coffee while we discussed upcoming recruitment opportunities and their experience of the Fringe so far.

16:00 – Time to catch up with another one of my brilliant candidates. I have a great rapport with my candidates and really value the time to catch up like this on a more personal level.

17:00 – After a frantic day I try to use the last hour returning any calls I may have missed throughout the day, unfortunately, there are never enough hours in the day for a recruitment consultant!

18:30 –Phew! I’ve just about caught up. Heading home after another great day in the office is a top feeling. Today, like most days has completely flown by! Looking forward to doing it all again tomorrow.

Some final thoughts from Cassi…..

Every day in Recruitment Consultancy is fast-paced, demanding, extremely challenging but very rewarding. I’ve learnt so much about the food industry in my time here and for me, the role has exceeded my expectations.

Thank you so much for your time, Cassi.

So there you have it, a day in the life within D R Newitt. Hopefully, this has given you a little insight into how the magic happens.

Both our offices in Edinburgh and Manchester operate in this energetic, fast-paced and productive manner, whilst maintaining an easy going and sociable approach. This produces a unique way of working and delivers the best possible results. It’s obvious to see why our current clients and candidates love us so much.

With D R Newitt, you may be closer to finding that dream role or your perfect candidate than you think.


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