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What to Expect and Making the Most of Professional Qualifications - Part Two

Your recruitment career

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Written by Stuart Kuhan

Part two – Practicalities of the Qualification

Our Level 3 Certificate in Recruitment Practice teaches the most important fundamentals recruitment consultants need to know to succeed in their profession and uphold best practice. Libby Stanitsas of D R Newitt talked through how this course rocketed her career.

This blog has been broken down into four parts, you can jump to each part outlined below:

Part one  -  Working in Recruitment
Part two  -  Practicalities of the Qualification
              7 What helps you most in your career? Professional guidance? Specific training courses? Qualifications?
              8 How do you research the best place to get qualified at?
              9 How do you convince your manager that recruitment training courses and qualifications are worth it?
              10 Do you think getting this qualification was worth the time you dedicated to it?
              11 Why is having the physical course material so important to you?
Part three - How this qualification has helped your career
Part four  -  Bonus knowledge, skills and take-homes gleaned from this course

7 What would help you most in your career? In terms of, for example, professional guidance, qualifications, other specific learning training courses or anything else?
I think qualifications are always major if you want to be good at anything you want do. When you go for a qualification you’re learning from the best and you learn the guidelines and you put your own spin on it. It’s a base, that good foundation you can build a solid career on. It’s about authenticity as well. What I would be interested in, is actually, most recruitment companies (obviously it’s a very fragmented industry) have their own specialist areas. I, for example only deal with food and drink in recruitment- so I really have a specialist deeper understanding of that industry specifically. The next piece of training that I would like to do, would be around food and drink, maybe would be the best course, which foods are best for which wines or something similar. To get a deeper understanding of the specific clients and candidates I’m dealing with straight away. It’s all the stuff that’s really specific to the industry.

8 And how would you go about researching the best place to get qualified at, the best institutes that provide training?
From candidates! So, we’re a Scottish-based company, so I work with quite a few of the Whisky Distilleries. A couple of them won’t employ anyone over a certain level of management, unless they have a specific qualification. And that qualification and the best way to pay (go?) for it.
If I’ve done it myself, I’d also be better able to coach people before they went into that area as well.
I just need to persuade the boss to pay for it!

9 Is it tough convincing your manager that training and qualifications are worth it?
Actually no, not really. The director, we’ve been on one small group training and we do a bit of training and one-on-one, and she just says out right, “Is getting this training important to you?” we said “yeah, we really enjoy our training sessions” But more than that, we get real professional benefits from passing them. That said, we are very much expected to pass them! “If I’ve put you through it and expect you all to pass.”

10 Was all worth it in the end?
Oh yes absolutely and I genuinely use what I’ve learned practically every day. We always have the handbook out, so for example, the other day somebody had a question around the 2010 legislation for equality and we got the book out straight away. I knew that I knew it but having that book in the drawer in my desk, is actually pretty handy.
Everyone’s got a broad understanding, but there’s so much more specifics in the training manual. I don’t need to guess; I don’t need to say I’m going to call you back later. I can know within a second.

11 That’s brilliant so, you like having physical course material with you?
Most definitely. I’ve got like eight windows open on my PC anyway! Getting ready for the exam I know where everything is. I’m pretty sure the trainer would let me contact him about anything too, not that I’ve needed to yet.
I was getting ready for a massive client visit. Like a huge brand, one of the biggest brands I’ve ever worked with and my trainer actually committed to staying behind on one of the training sessions with me to coach me through it. He kind of took me through how I should present to the HR business partner. It was a vital order, I made quite a bit of money out of it, so!

Read part one here

Read part three here

Read part four here