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My first 6 months in a Multilingual Recruitment Agency

2016-04-11 09:00:00 +0100 by Anneloes Geerdink


I had been living & working in Ireland 10 months when it hit me one day in work that it was time for a change, I wanted a new challenge, something that kept me on my toes, to keep me motivated. So with that, it was time to go on my Dutch Speaking job hunt and I wanted to find a new Dutch job in Dublin, Ireland’s capital. 

At the time, I didn’t know where to start, how do you search for Dutch Jobs in Ireland

It was actually a friend who put me in touch with Careertrotter, so I went for it and after a long month of interviews with Herbert & Mitchell I finally got the call. That was it, I was going to be a multilingual recruiter! Happy Days. 

So here I am, 6 months in and I would like to share with you my time here & how it’s been – the ups and downs & the phases that all recruiters (multilingual or not)may go through in their time in recruitment. 

First things first: Training – well it was intense, it’s a lot to take in but it’s definitely interesting. There was roll playing, running through scenarios, getting to know all about Careertrotter & what makes us different etc. Then I was thrown into the deep end and I loved it, I had to make my first call and begin the screening process straight away. Some people may not like that but diving right in is the best way to learn I think and I really enjoyed it, my heart was pounding and it was exciting.  
Of course there where little hiccups along the way, like language barriers, not asking enough questions and trying to take notes as you go – everything hit me all at once. 

I was making so many calls and after my Managers feedback -  I began to find more time in the day to call more and more – because there was a thirst in me to make my first placement – it drove me, it kept me going.  I wanted to make the first placement dance that the others had gotten to do.

Then… it happened, I found them. My first offer, a candidate of mine had been offered the language job abroad. It’s crazy how invested you get, I had begun to know this person, I’ve talked with this candidate so many times, we’ve built a good relationship and I’ve helped them take the next step in their multilingual career abroad, their life.
We can’t forget that I danced like a mad woman- I wanted the entire office to know that I had made my very first placement. I was now officially a multilingual recruiter, I was more, I was now a Careertrotter Recruiter. 
Placing a candidate comes with an amazing Buzz, you know you are on track, you know your personal process works and you know that you’ve helped someone go where they wanted, finding them a language job abroad that suited them down to a T. Of course not everything can be butterflies and sunshine – every job has its tough times, but when you get a win like that it drives you forward. 
This job certainly does like to test you. Some days all you can do is leave voicemails because people just won’t pick up -  you can sometimes end up sending so many that you would be better off recording yourself and replaying it each time to save your voice.

Then in multilingual recruitment – leaving voicemails isn’t the worst – sometimes those who answer the phone just don’t want to hear what you have to say. You get the…

  • Don’t call me – send me the language job instead’ candidates 
  • The lying candidates 
  • The irritated candidates ‘Why so many questions
  • The Unattainable candidates 
  • The candidate that never comes back – you’ve sent the language job spec – they ignore your calls & emails etc. 

They could save both of us time by just telling me they are not interested in the language job – because we could talk about it and other jobs that would suit them better so when something like that came up I could pop them a call and hopefully make their day. 
You think these type of candidates are bad? Just wait there’s more – The worst type of candidate in my opinion is the one that goes through the entire process with you, passes all of the interviews and receives an offer – but doesn’t accept the language job. For times like this the office here actually has a punch bag for when we feel irritated and I can tell you, for this type of candidate, I have definitely used it. 

In multilingual recruitment you really can have a rollercoaster of ups and downs – but as a recruiter, I sometimes forget that helping someone to find a language job abroad means a total change in the person’s life – what I do can help others to start a new life, create new memoires and ultimately grow their career. You would be forgiven about forgetting these key points because as recruiters we sit behind a screen; we help you kick start your journey abroad but we don’t get to tag along. 
For me my favourite part about recruitment is the emails I get back from those I have placed, where they tell me how they are getting on, that their new home is great, their new friends are fun and that they love where they are today. I love being able to add them to our success stories page to let others see what we love doing and how we can do it. 

It's only been 6 months and I still have a lot to learn but I am motivated and willing. I look forward to my next happy candidate email and wait to help out another candidate find their next multilinugal job abroad. 

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