Fast-track your career in recruitment
James Martin joined Resource Solutions after completing a Bachelor of Science in Geography. James tells us how the Graduate Programme at Resource Solutions is helping him find and fast-track his career in recruitment in Manchester.
How did you find out about the Resource Solutions Graduate Programme?
I discovered the role through an online job advert and received a call from the Internal Recruitment team shortly after I submitted my application. The recruiter explained how the programme worked, what we’d be doing, and how we’d be engaged. Through the assessment process I learned more about the company and the Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) industry – and I was quickly sold.
What made you choose a career in recruitment after your university studies?
Geography is a very employable degree and many of its skills are transferrable. So when I was looking into opportunities, Resource Solutions’ graduate programme was similar in that it placed you in different areas within an organisation to identify your strengths. Since I wasn’t too sure of what I wanted to do, it felt right to apply.
What’s it like rotating through different areas of the business?
You’re placed in a recruitment coordination role first, before moving into the post-offer management team where you get to work with the permanent side of recruitment. Each role has similar skill crossover – you focus on onboarding, help create offers for candidates, answer queries for Hiring Managers, etc., so it’s good that you’re building on previous skills, adapting them and learning more about the different roles and functions of a recruiter within an RPO.
The hands-on experience of the graduate programme also fast-tracks you – the roles we progress through last two to three months, whilst if you went into an admin or assistant role straight out of university, you’d likely work one or two years before progressing to a higher level.
What made Resource Solutions the right choice for you?
The graduate programme trains you in a lot of different areas, and I liked the idea of being rotated across different disciplines to learn as much as possible about the RPO process. The hands-on experience of the graduate programme also fast-tracks you – the roles we progress through last two to three months, whilst if you went into an admin or assistant role straight out of university, you’d likely work one or two years before progressing to a higher level. I’m proud of the positive feedback I’ve received from resourcing partners, hiring managers and candidates since I’ve started.
How has Resource Solutions supported your career development?
Everyone I’ve met has been extremely helpful. Right from the beginning, we had an opportunity to meet all the teams in the Global Service Centre in Manchester to learn about their roles and functions within the business and how they work with each other.
We have team huddles every couple of days to discuss progress and work status, giving others the opportunity to ask for support or help when needed. We also have a weekly 1:1 with Line Managers to discuss how things are going, and I’m able to dive into some of my goals to get their thoughts and direction.
Recently, I went to a Development Workshop on ‘Understanding Self and Others’ using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test. The feedback we received in my session helped identify our ‘preferred’ personality type to give us insights to how we can work better with others, addressing our strengths, blind spots, challenges and how we can use this information to our advantage.
Why would you recommend a career in recruitment to graduates?
The graduate programme gives you hands-on training, encouragement, fast tracking, and provides everything you need to progress and develop after you’ve left university – especially if you’re not sure what to do. Once you’re in the programme, it helps build a fantastic foundation for launching you into a professional career.