The perception many people have of working in recruitment is that it’s a glamourous career in a sometimes-cut-throat world of sales and bottom lines. But according to Asquith Workforce Managing Director Jillian Asquith this isn’t always the case.
When Jillian made the decision to go out on her own, she was determined to break all the stereotypes and create a new culture in recruitment, one that would better reflect her own vision for what the industry could, and should, be all about.
“After spending 20+ years in various recruitment agencies, believe me when I say I’ve seen it all. The good, the bad, and the worse,” she said.
“When I founded Asquith Workforce it was with the aim of redesigning the culture of recruitment and teaching the next generation of consultants to have a very different view of what this job is all about.”
While recruitment can be a sales-based career, according to Jillian it also about changing people’s lives – and sometimes your own in the process.
“For me, recruitment is about the people. It’s about understanding them, listening to them, and ultimately helping them to improve their circumstances which can often result in changing their lives.
“The funny thing is, by doing that you can sometimes change your own life as well. Through work, I have met some of the most important people in my life. My work has also meant starting a business which also changed my life dramatically.”
“For me, recruitment is about the people. It’s about understanding them, listening to them, and ultimately helping them to improve their circumstances which can often result in changing their lives ” – Jillian Asquith
A career in recruitment can be extremely rewarding, and lucrative for those who go the extra mile, but for Jillian, the reward has always been the ability to help people.
“If you approach this job with compassion there is so much reward in it,” she said.
“When you speak to a candidate you never know what they’ve been through before picking up the phone, how many rejections they’ve had, or what being successful in getting a job might mean for them.
“This kind of career really gives you the opportunity to make a difference and create a great future for yourself as well. That’s what I’m trying to instill in the current team we have at Asquith Workforce, and inevitably the next generation of recruitment specialists we welcome into the company.”