Parallel Universe: Heather BassonKicking off our Life At Parallel series, we speak to consultant Heather Basson reflecting back on her first year!
When did you start working at Parallel?
I’ve been with Parallel for over a year now, it feels so much longer but it’s gone by very quickly
What initially attracted you to recruitment?
When I first got head hunted for recruitment, I didn’t really think much of it but when my recruiter went through the commission structure and benefits, it opened my eyes to the amount of money you can make with the hard work that you put in which suits me as I’m very money motivated.
What advice would you give to someone considering to switch into recruitment from a sales job?
If you’re hard working, driven and money motivated then recruitment could definitely be the job for you. My past jobs have always been in sales but I’ve never been happy with just a base. I always found myself working so hard but seeing very little back, and really struggled to maintain a good work-life balance. But when I joined Parallel, I started to see the benefits of the hard work I put in and would still have enough time to go out and be sociable!
Parallel is such a diverse company, offers tailored career paths, flexible targets and a relaxed environment where you will be joining a very supportive team, within my first month I knew I made the right choice
What training has Parallel offered you to support your personal growth to date?
I joined Parallel as a Trainee Consultant with no recruitment experience, focusing on business development. However I found myself changing to a delivery role within 2 months; soon after I made multiple placements each month for two of our clients which helped me get promoted within 6 months of joining. Each employee who joins Parallel goes through an extensive training course with our Learning and Development Director however once the training course is completed, you are continuously supported by management and peers. I find myself always asking questions and trying to sit in any workshops that will benefit me in future.
Recruitment has its challenges – how do you stay motivated?
Like any sales job you have to start from nothing and build up, you get several knock backs but the rewards are great. When I first started at Parallel everyone told me that recruitment was going to be very difficult and they say that the first 12 – 18 months are the toughest however once you get past that you can make serious money. Recruitment definitely isn’t the easiest of jobs, but after speaking with peers and Top Billers, those conversations motivated me to keep on going because everyone had felt what I had felt. You meet so many young, like-minded individuals who you can vent to when times are tough, but also motivate you to keep on going and compete against.
Favourite thing about working at Parallel?
For me my favourite things about Parallel is the culture, everyone is so outgoing and friendly especially when I first started I was invited out to meet my team for drinks before I joined and then come my first day, I felt as though I knew everyone and have been at the company for so long.
What has been your favourite experience with Parallel?
One of my highlights at Parallel was the company trip to Ibiza, I’ve never been before but going on holiday with 30 of my colleagues wasn’t something I’ve ever experienced. I had been with Parallel for 3 months and was one of the few new associates to make it on the trip, it was such an amazing experience and but it was such an amazing incentive for Parallel to offer and motivates everyone to work harder.