by Rowan Day - Senior Consultant, Healthcare Medical Devices
I'd forgotten what it was like to start a new job. The last time I'd done it I was a cocksure, fresh out of Uni graduate who thought developing a career would be easy. Not for me any nerves about fitting into the office environment, or, God forbid, bringing in any business! I was excruciatingly arrogant. The arrogance that comes with youth, I guess.
That was back in 1996. Leap forward to 2016 - and 19 years experience in medical sales recruitment all gained at the one company later - and here I was on my first day at Carrot Pharma Recruitment, starting up an exciting new venture. Nervous? Oh yes!
So what was it that had attracted me to Carrot, other than a biscuit tin that seemingly never empties?
Well, for a long time I've felt that recruiters within the traditionally conservative world of medical devices were missing something. Don't get me wrong, there are some exceptionally good Consultants working in this sector. But on reflection, I felt that recruitment companies aren't really doing much different from what they were doing 15-20 years ago in the way they recruit. The industry, I believe, is crying out for something different.
So I was suitably impressed and excited by the fact that Carrot employ two full time marketing specialists who dedicate their time to promoting the company, to both clients and candidates, in fresh and innovative ways. From the use of videos and visually stimulating images to advertise roles, and encouraging referrals through the Plant an Idea
scheme that sees local schools and children benefit, to the #belikeMary
incentive strategy, and the grown up attitude prevalent through the company. Genuinely, everyone is trying to provide the very best service to clients and candidates. Everyone acts for the best interests of the people they are working with, as opposed to striving to meet some spurious target based on the number of CVs that have been sent out each week...all of this and more, contributes to Carrot's #distinctlydifferent
So all is good on that front. But what about fitting into the office? Well, I think I'm doing ok. My biggest blunder so far has been wearing a suit to my first interview (like I said, a grown up attitude is prevalent that means we don't have to all sit in the office in our best bib and tucker, wasting time comparing shirt and tie combinations). A few teas and coffees made when it's my round makes me a team player in everyone else's eyes, and so the nerves have gone.
One more thing...
There's another reason I'm so excited by the future of this new division I'm setting up. At the risk of sounding like that insufferable newbie back in 1996, I'm fairly confident that 19 years in the industry means I have a strong network, and I can make a passable impression of someone who knows what he's talking about when it comes to healthcare sales recruitment! Combine that knowledge and experience with Carrot's innovation and fresh approach...everyone's a winner! J
Keep tuning in. This blog will chart the progress of this new venture. Your thoughts, comments and advice, will always be welcome. And naturally, if anyone wants a chat about their career or if you're a Sales Manager looking to recruit, please get in touch