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The inside scoop – a recruiter’s world: Episode 4

Business Support

This is the final episode in the current series of ‘The inside scoop – a recruiter’s world’, which has featured the Wellington Business Support team. This week, I share some of my most interesting career moments since starting in recruitment 7 years ago, including my most embarrassing!

Lorrin McNeillHow I became a Recruitment Consultant:
I started working in recruitment in 2009 in Invercargill as an Administrator/Resourcer during my university holidays, then got a permanent role as a Resourcer in the company’s Christchurch office when I finished studying. During my time in the Invercargill office I was absolutely thrown in the deep end doing high volume recruitment for one of the freezing works down there!

In Christchurch, I moved from my position as a Resourcer into a Consultant role in the Industrial team recruiting temporary blue collar workers. This was also a real eye opener, as not long after I started, the major earthquakes struck and there were very few candidates and clients that weren’t affected in some way. After sticking it out in Christchurch for another year and a half, I made the move to Wellington and started recruiting temporary and permanent positions in the Business Support field and I haven’t looked back!

My funniest/most embarrassing moment as a Recruitment Consultant:
One embarrassing moment that comes to mind is when I dialed a candidate’s phone number while singing Cruel Summer to my colleagues because (unbelievably) they didn’t know the tune; the candidate had answered the call and listened in silence for a good 20 seconds before he couldn’t help laughing at me.

Alternatively it would be when, post-interview, I was saying goodbye to a candidate who had said “lovely to meet you” and I tried to reply with “you too” and “lovely to meet you too” at the same time so it came out as “love you too.”

But the funniest moment would have to be when I was in a disciplinary meeting with a temp and a client of mine, facing towards the windows of the Rydges Hotel, and a guest of the hotel opened his curtains stark naked while I was telling off my temp for being continuously late to work!

The biggest challenge in my career:
Definitely recruiting storemen down in Christchurch and being woken up at 5am to be told which temps hadn’t turned up for work each morning!

Who I admire and why:
Mindy Kaling – she’s wickedly smart, hilarious and the two books she’s written are great reads.

There’s also a blogger called Lainey (Elaine Lui) whose blog I read every day. She and her team dissect entertainment – celebrities, tv shows, music and movies etc., and their impact on and the way they reflect wider world issues like gender equality and diversity in the workplace.

If I could do any other job in the world, it would be:
I would love to have had Simon Cowell’s job when he was on American Idol (X Factor was never as good). Or I would love to be paid to read books.

If I could rewind 10 years and give myself a piece of advice, it would be:
Take a gap year and see the world a bit before going to university and deciding what you want to do with your life!

The best piece of advice that’s helped me in my career:
Be yourself and don’t stress about what you can’t control.

A highlight in my recruitment career so far:
Helping an amazingly lovely young woman find her first professional role as a Receptionist; then placing her into her current role as an Executive Assistant to a Chief Executive in her dream organisation a couple of years later.

The best place in Wellington to get a coffee/drink/food:
I love Dragonfly for their yummy cocktails and The Arborist for their rooftop bar. But anyone who knows me well knows if Viva Mexico is an option – that will always be my first pick!

If I didn’t live in Wellington, I would be:
I’ve just got back to work this week after three weeks in Europe, and Croatia was definitely the highlight! Closer to home though – if having a career and money weren’t a concern I would probably live in The Catlins in a house on the beach and read books and play the piano all day long.

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