Daniela Gancear talks about how she achieved her recent promotion, and offers advice to graduates who are considering a career in recruitment.

What initially attracted you to recruitment and why did you choose to work at SO?

I wanted to work in an environment that was energetic, competitive and challenging so recruitment seemed like the perfect choice for me. Spencer Ogden Singapore particularly stood out to me as I was interested in the fact that they had a dedicated in-house trainer and graduate academy for those who had no recruitment experience.

If you asked me to go back to March 2018 when I joined SO, I would choose SO over and over again. I am lucky to say that I really do love my job and the company I work for.

When did you start working at SO?

I started my career at SO in March 2018, completing the graduate training academy and joining the Renewables Singapore team.

How did you achieve the recent promotion to Senior Consultant? Is there any advice you can offer to consultants looking to take the next step in their career?

Personally I had a bit of a slow start as it took me 10-months to do my first 360 recruitment deal, but I knew that it was important to not give up. I set clear goals, created a plan and put in a lot of hard work to achieve my goals.

I was not afraid to ask questions, as I had no previous sales experience or never worked in recruitment, it was important for me to ask questions to get the support I needed to be able to do my job. I approached my fellow colleagues asking them how them for advice when I had problems to solve and what their approach to being successful was.

I have also been humble enough to admit that I am not able to do this alone and I do need the support of my manager, learning and development and my colleagues. I am very grateful to the people who continue to help me at SO!

How has your manager helped you achieve this promotion?

My first manager, Melissa Chima, is the person who selected me to join SO. She played a big part in teaching me everything I know about recruitment and renewable energy. Her experience, dedication and guidance was a huge support and although she is no longer my manager, she still offers advice that I continue to take on board.

Dylan Zidi, is my current team leader and his positive, hardworking nature inspires me daily to continue to work hard to achieve my next career goals.

What training has SO offered you to support your personal growth to date?

I joined SO with no sales or recruitment experience. The graduate academy and regular one-to-one sessions with my manager has helped me understand recruitment, my industry and what it takes to progress at SO.

Recruitment has its challenges - how do you stay motivated?

Recruitment is definitely challenging but there are many positives, such as monetary and incentive rewards. Working in contract recruitment is fast-paced, so you will never get bored! I love the challenges and get a great sense of achievement when I overcome them.

What advice would you give a graduate considering a career in recruitment?

Recruitment is not an easy job, but it is one of the fairest jobs you can have as you are completely in control of your own success. If you are determined to achieve your goals, results will follow and you will be rewarded for your hard work.