At Home with Quest: 7th May 2019
Sarah de Lacy joined Quest Recruitment in January 2018 as a Resourcer for the Fund Adminstration desk. After a year of hard work and getting hand’s on experience in the industry, she was promoted to the position of Recruitment Consultant in February 2019.
How did a career in recruitment catch your attention?
Funnily enough, I became aware of Recruitment as a career path when I was in college. My favourite lecturer in ITT spoke with me about my career options when I was leaving and mentioned that she thought I would be good at Recruitment when I finished my degree. I didn’t end up working in it until over a year after graduating. I’ve loved it since the start though, I don’t dread going into work every day and that’s the dream.
What is a typical day like for you at Quest?
Busy! Honestly it’s non-stop in Quest which I love as the day tends to fly by. Once I arrive in the office, I check my emails and reply to any queries I have gotten over night. Then I check jobs boards like Irish Jobs, Monster and LinkedIn. This gives me an idea of any new roles that have gone live or any new candidates that have updated their CVs. I like to make some phone calls throughout the day and start to build a relationship with potential candidates. After lunch I send out job specs to candidates, organise and confirm interviews, send out any CVs that have been approved and I make a few more calls before finishing up for the day.
What is the best part of your working day at Quest?
Helping people, cheesy as it may sound. Also, I love getting to speak with people about their experiences. Good recruiters can learn so much from their candidates! By just listening to people, you can figure out what will motivate them in their next role and ensure that you are pitching the right kind of jobs to them. Some candidates can be frustrated and what they need is an ear willing to listen to them. That’s what we do best.
Tell us an unusual fact about yourself that not many people know.
I can touch the tip of my nose with my tongue which is a cool party trick! I can also play the harmonica; I most recently learned the Game of Thrones theme tune on it which will come in handy now that the new season is out!
What is your advice to candidates who are seeking a new position?
Be completely honest about what you want. Always remember that the recruiter most likely knows the industry better than you and will do their best to get you the best salary/benefits possible. If you listen to their advice, you will find that you are not selling yourself short and your best experiences will be highlighted.
Connect with Sarah on LinkedIn today or contact her via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org