When our Marketing Director asked me to write a blog post about my first month with Propel I jumped at the chance. Not because I like writing blog posts (this is my first and could potentially be my last – let’s see how it goes!), but because there is so much to share.
Having spent a year in recruitment as a resourcer, I knew I was in a career that both challenged and developed my skills. Recruitment can definitely be hard, and I do think there is a lot of stigma surrounding it, but for me the key is finding a specific role in recruitment that you actually enjoy. You might think every company you work for or every industry you choose to work in requires 14 hour days, endless cold calls and spending more time in an office than you do anywhere else. Believe me when I tell you this isn't necessary to be successful and Propel is constantly breaking these barriers.
In a month I have found a brilliant work life balance which consists of two days in the office and three days from home. And it doesn’t stop there. Having the flexibility of a later start (does any other recruitment company in London start at 9:30am?) means I can go to the gym or go for a walk before starting my day. Yes there are targets to be met as you would expect, but you are supported towards these targets and encouraged to grow. They are not out of reach and week on week we celebrate multiple people and often the entire company absolutely smashing them. I've never been in an organisation that claps for each other so much!
Another key selling point about Propel is the market. The tech market particularly in London is booming. Don’t just take my word for it… ask any consultant here that has had to turn down work because they are already saturated with other exciting opportunities. Working in an organisation that isn’t constantly calling through switchboards of companies and can genuinely pick and choose which roles and which clients it works with is refreshing.
So you might be skeptical about a career in recruitment - I definitely was. But if you want to give it a go, Propel has to be a company at the top of your list.