10 years in recruitment, 10 life lessons. Lesson 1: Persistence is key

Submitted on Tue 05 Apr 2022

I’m celebrating my 10th anniversary at The Recruitment Company, and it’s been some journey so far. From Sydney to Dublin and from rookie to director, it’s been a hell of a ride. What better way to celebrate 10 years in the industry than to create a series of the 10 top things I’ve learned over those years.


1. Persistence Is Key

"If you don't succeed at first, try, try, and try again."

Many careers demand persistence to succeed, recruitment being one of them. I’m not referring to being pushy or bombarding clients with phone calls. 

For me, persistence is being able to see your setbacks as an opportunity to re-evaluate and learn. Regardless of failure or getting knocked back, the people who can shrug off the setbacks and learn from them, are the ones likely to succeed. 

As a recruiter, this has helped me through the years by keeping me motivated and focused on providing excellent service to my clients and candidates even through challenging days and weeks.

Back at the start of my recruitment career I thought I was going to fail. Things just didn't click for me and I nearly gave up.  But TRC coached me, told me to persevere and kept me believing in myself. And then one day it clicked!  My hard work started paying off and I went from nearly quitting to finding a career that I love. 

Persistence is also important because it shows others that you are willing to work hard, that you believe in yourself, and that you are willing to stick to something even when it's hard. This can inspire those around you, which is fulfilling in many ways.

If you want something, you've got to keep at it. You've got to persist until you get there because nothing worth having comes easy.

Chris Pelow has been with The Recruitment Company for 10 years. First as a rookie in our Sydney office, then into a leadership role.  He now leads our thriving Dublin office. 

I understand It's hard to keep going when you don't feel like you're getting anywhere. I get it - it's human nature.

We've all been there. And I know that change doesn't happen overnight, and you can't rush it.  But the thing is, if you want to build a career that you like, persistence is key—and not just the kind where you stick with a company until they promote you. 

Persistence means keeping at your goals and dreams, even if they start to seem impossible.

See the rest of this series here

If you are looking to engage a recruitment agency to help hire amazing people for your awesome company and you’d like to start with a chat, then call us today on +353 1 485 4964 and speak to one of our recruiters or send us an email to [email protected]

The Recruitment Company – Making people enjoy the recruitment experience again

Specialist Dublin Employment Agency within IT infrastructure, Cloud, Devops, Cyber Security, Networking and Systems. 

Share this article