Our recruiters at SThree know they are changing people’s lives every day and with this knowledge they are driving change through recruitment and changing people’s perceptions of the wider industry.
We talked to some of our recruiters at SThree brand Real in Singapore about what life is like as a recruiter and how their work influences the many people they work with each day.
My passion is my job
Tahmid Zafar, Senior Recruitment Consultant, says his role is all about bringing happiness to his candidates and having the ability to change their careers.
“It’s making a significant difference in their daily life which is what matters in the long term. The challenge and respect I receive from my clients impacts their team’s hiring strategies and is a long term gain as well. I am proud of what I do every day.”
Lausanne Lau, Recruitment Consultant, continues, “As a pharma market specialist, it’s the innovation of drugs, the new found knowledge on disease areas and how pharma companies and governments work together to deliver more cost-effective and faster access to healthcare that fascinates me every day.”
“It heartens me to know that the people I work with contribute in their own way to improve the quality of life for many children with cancer, people with disabilities, elderly with chronic illnesses and more,” says Lausanne.
The face of recruitment
Lausanne believes recruiters tend to be misunderstood due to a previous bad experience. However, she works with and knows some of the best-in-class recruiters, all of who receive exceptional compliments from the people they work with.
“Recruitment is more than just a transaction; it’s actively providing advice to customers even when there isn’t a vacancy. We are advisors, and add a great deal of value through services such as sharing market information on any recent mergers, acquisitions or movements, sharing salary banding to enable candidates to know their value within the market place and giving employers a benchmark as to how they are viewed as a paymaster,” says Lausanne.
Tahmid says, “Every time I get the opportunity to change people’s minds about the recruitment industry or misconceptions about the job, I take it with open arms. I ask my customers to judge me or any recruiter by our actions. We are proud of our tenacity, perseverance and diligence and we take every effort possible to ensure the best possible service.”
Tahmid provides a wide range of advice to his customers from when, how and why to change jobs, to the impact a new job would bring to their career.
“I motivate people, support them in their negotiations and try to get a competitive salary for them based on the current market conditions,” says Tahmid.
Lausanne says she has learnt through speaking to numerous people that to gain an edge in the pharmaceutical industry, it’s about the efficacy of the drugs and quickest entry in to the market.
“By being a vertical market specialist, I can ensure that my knowledge of the market saves candidates and employers precious time throughout the hiring process. I get the best person for the organisation so they can get to work quickly in their new role. By recruiting the best person with the right expertise, I am able to help save peoples’ lives in one way or another,” says Lausanne.
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