We've all been in that place in our lives where we're unsure about our career path. Should you go to university? Maybe try an apprenticeship? Should you change from one career to another?
These are all common feelings, particularly in young people just starting their journeys. Zack Tsirtos, one of our newest Recruitment Consultants, is all too familiar with this uncertainty. We got the chance to talk to him in order to discover why he chose to make recruitment his path.
How did you get into recruitment?
I've been working at Montash for about four and half months now, so I'm pretty new to recruitment and work in general! Originally, I was thinking about going to university and studying Business Management or Economics, but I lost heart in that idea.
Then, I was at a party and chatting to a family friend about career options and they told me what recruitment was like. It sounded like a good fit, so I went for the interview and now here I am!
What attracted you to the recruiting profession?
It's a really good fit for me. I'm one of those people who isn't afraid to do hard work, but I expect to be rewarded for it. This industry is probably the best at rewarding that attitude. If you're prepared to put the hours in, it's really rewarding.
Progression is really fast too, which is great. I'm pretty driven, so when I look over at the top billers in the firm who are only a few years older than me, I think "I want to be there!" and in this business, I really can.
What is your favourite thing about working in recruitment?
For me, it's all the interesting companies and projects you get to work on. I imagine most of recruitment is pretty much the same, but in IT specifically, you get to work with some really interesting companies.
Some of these big companies are developing world-leading technologies, like one I was working with recently who is developing autonomous driving. It's so exciting to work with companies that are on the cutting edge of our future tech.
What are you most looking forward to in your career as a recruiter?
As I said, I want to be one of the top billers in the firm and I know I can get there. This line of work offers young people the opportunity to earn more for working hard.
What is the most surprising thing about your new recruitment career?
People are unpredictable!
You know going into recruitment that you're not working with a fixed asset – you're working with people. Even so, I was really surprised at how unpredictable people can be.
You think they're going to take a job and then suddenly, something comes up and they change their mind! It teaches you to think fast on your feet, that's for sure.
What do you personally look for in an ideal candidate?
Because it's IT, you have to know that people have the technical ability. That's the first hurdle. If you're placing a role that needs Dev Ops AWS, you need someone who can do exactly that.
After that, you need to make sure they have the right soft skills. Are they a good culture fit? Do they speak the language? Can they do the commute? Stuff like that.
I think the best candidates are the ones that already know exactly what they want. That allows you to go out and confidently place them.
What would you say to someone interested in becoming a recruiter?
It's funny, I was actually talking to someone about this the other day. Someone I knew was asking about what it's like and the first thing I would say is: Be prepared to work hard. That's the main thing. If you can do that, recruitment is really rewarding.
Looking at the markets for recruitment, I think IT is the best one to be in, in this day and age. Everyone needs IT these days, so you get to meet really interesting people and work with some great companies.
You look at the glitz and the glamour and all the salaries, but all of that comes from putting in the hours. I'll be honest, you will have good days and bad days, just like any job.
But to someone who's just started, and this goes for anyone starting a new job, when you have those bad days, just remind yourself why you started. Remember what you get out of bed for every day and you'll be able to push through.
Looking to start a rewarding career just like Zack? Then come and work for us.