Meet The Recruiter: Karen Keenan
17 November 2017
How did you get in to recruitment?
I kind of stumbled across recruitment. I finished school after sixth year and thought I would have more free time to spend at dancing and partying with my friends. However, my mum had other ideas and dragged me to the careers office - it turns out my company just wasn’t that enthralling. I applied for many different office junior type roles and secured my first position as a trainee driving recruitment consultant close to home. in the bright lights and palm tree lined streets of Paisley. and I have been in the industry ever since.
What was your dream job as a child?
I didn’t really have a dream job, I changed my mind depending on what film I was watching or what mood I was in. I loved to dance when I was younger so I went through a stage where I wanted to do something linked with that which was probably my longest standing dream.
How do you commute?
I get the train to Glasgow. I only recently started doing this as I used to drive in to the city centre. I swapped the bumper to bumper traffic on the M8 for people watching on the cosmopolitan Glasgow to Ayr line - I have no idea why I didn’t get the train from the beginning as it is so much easier.
What does a typical day look like?
As a recruiter, I believe the key to success is solely in building lasting relationships with candidates and clients.
My day varies as we do have to be extremely reactive working on volume accounts. My role mainly revolves around candidates and trying to get to know people on a more personal level and really listening to find out what people are looking for. This is important as I find in my market that if you do not have the exact skillset but have the right personality and attitude then you will succeed.
As a recruiter, you always have to be one step ahead as things change constantly. You are relying on other people to ensure your day is a success, therefore, it is imperative that you are on top of absolutely everything across the full recruitment process from taking the job on all the way through until the successful candidate is in the job and is happy.
It really is one of those jobs that if you do the right things at the right times you will reap the rewards. You get out of it what you put in.
What’s the best part of your job?
By far, letting someone know that they have been successful and hearing their reaction, helping our candidate’s secure new roles and hearing their feedback provides me with so much motivation and personal pride.
What’s been your biggest success so far?
I think my biggest success has still to come, I like to think I am still young although I am sure a good few people will tell me otherwise.
I would say, so far, my biggest success from a professional point of view is being in the position I am in now without going to university. I was never a fan of school and I would always do everything possible to get out of studying. With the right attitude and the right work ethic you can absolutely be successful.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I have recently just got married, so I have more free time now than I know what to do with. I do try to go to the gym when I can. I would love to say that was a hobby, however, that wouldn’t be the truth!
What is most important to you?
Continuing to find new roles for all my candidates professionally and helping family and friends on a personal level whilst not taking life too seriously.
Describe yourself in three words.
Fun, honest, easy-going.
Written By Karen Keenan