Southside Staffing recently celebrated it’s 22-year anniversary – yes, 22 years in business! Having joined the company seven years ago, I might have only been here for a part of that journey, but I’ve certainly picked up my fair share of lessons along the way. In fact, with the constant change that shapes the recruitment game, I’m always learning. With this in mind, I wanted to share my experience and bring you four of the greatest lessons I’ve learned from my time in the industry.

1. Communication is Everything

I have often joked that if I could wallpaper my room with one word, it would be communication. This is huge in recruitment, but it’s also something I’ve seen people forget all too often. As a recruiter, I believe that a large part of my role is not to sell a service, but simply to facilitate communication between candidates and employers.

If you have certain priorities, share them. If something changes during the process, tell us. That way, you’ll keep your recruiter up-to-date and allow them to help you navigate the stages successfully.

2. Run Toward Technology, Not Away From It

Technology has come a long way in recent years, and has driven significant change not only in recruitment, but in almost every industry we work in. I’ve made a conscious effort to explore the many possibilities that tech offers – I’m even on Snapchat! However, whilst some people are embracing this transformation and running with it, others are doing everything they can to avoid it.

The good news is that where tech has altered some roles, it creates more elsewhere. Take online shopping, for example – it may have an effect on brick and mortar stores, but at the same time it has led to many new jobs in freight and logistics. It’s a matter of finding where the changes are and adapting to them.

3. A Little Appreciation Goes a Long Way

Another major lesson I’ve learned is the importance of appreciation. Employers can make a big impact on the engagement of their team simply by showing that their efforts are valued. That doesn’t have to mean big ceremonies or expensive benefits – even small rewards, or just saying “thank you”, can make an employee feel more respected and motivated.

It’s all about showing you care and a little appreciation goes a long way when it comes to people management.

4. Never Stop Learning

Finally, perhaps the most prevalent thing I’ve come to know (and this sums up the point of the blog nicely) is that we should never stop learning. Investing in growth and development is essential, and it’s something I have prioritised throughout my career. Regardless of whether it’s for yourself, or your team (if you’re a leader), you can never get enough courses, webinars, training and conferences. Professional development is always worth the time and effort – I’ll willingly spend an entire day on a course if I think it’s worth it. In the end, learning is what will keep you at the top of your game and able to continue adding value to the business.

Do you have any important lessons from your career you’d like to add to the conversation? I’d love to hear from you! And if you need any help with finding a new job or support with your recruitment needs, don’t hesitate to reach out.