Misjudged Preconceptions and Reflections on my Headhunting Journey so Far

Before I joined Ellwood Atfield, like many, I had my own preconceptions of the headhunting industry, six months in and these have been firmly dismissed. In an industry where individual success is championed, I find myself in an organisation, (and I know it is cliché to say), where we work together as a team. Yes, everyone has their own individual targets and workload to worry about, but at Ellwood Atfield we help each other to hit these goals, whether it be a tricky search where leads and information are shared around, or you meet a fantastic candidate who might not be suitable for your role but would be the standout candidate on your colleague’s shortlist. This is what attracted me to Ellwood Atfield the immediate feel of being a part of something bigger and being part of an organisation that is so submerged in its industry, it needs no introduction.

the perm team

Yes, at times, it has not been easy, there have been days where the list of things to do gets longer not shorter, where candidates pull out at the last minute and competitors pip you to the post to make a placement, but this is the nature of the beast that is recruitment. Being in a company like Ellwood Atfield makes the lows manageable, and speaking of these, lows, I would say they are pretty infrequent. The highs, on the other hand, are difficult to choose from, whether spending a summers evening watching cricket or competing against my colleagues in a bake-off style work event and everything in between from team lunches to the Political Cartoon of the Year Awards, the list goes on and on.

At Ellwood Atfield, it is not always about the recruitment, the events we attend, and host makes us different from our competitors. Our standout event the Political Cartoon of the year Awards brings together some of the most senior people in British public affairs and communications to celebrate and laugh at the works of the nation’s political cartoonists. Being at my first Cartoon Awards last week, I was impressed at the interest and the attention they attract, from former Cabinet Ministers, Chief Executives and the wider public affairs and communications network. Being amongst 500 leading industry individuals is a stark difference from my student life I had, less than a year ago.

Louis Hunt-Cole with David Davis
Louis Hunt-Cole with David Davis

For me, my career in headhunting is only just beginning. Six months on from university I have learnt so much already but I know I have so much more to learn if I am to be as successful as my colleagues I work alongside each day. Writing this now as 2018 draws to a close is a great time to reflect on what I have achieved and what I have to look forward to in 2019. 2018 has been a successful year, graduating university, joining Ellwood Atfield and making my first ever placements in headhunting. With 2019 comes the opportunity to kick on and achieve further success on an individual level and as a team.


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