So it seems I'm a Recruiter - James MacDonald
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So it seems I’m a Recruiter

So it seems I’m a Recruiter

Thanks for finding your way to my blog, a place where I share my thoughts and ramblings on recruitment / career / hiring / people. This first post is a tweaked version of my original post on LinkedIn and provides an overview of how I’ve made it to where I am.

Three years ago, I left my marketing career and took an opportunity to spend less time commuting and more time with my young family. At the time, my wife had just given birth to our first child, Noah, and I was spending more time on the train than seeing either of them. A new career in recruitment allowed me an opportunity to be close to home and start a new challenge.

So it seems I AM a recruiter.

I’ve come to enjoy the recruitment industry, it took some time to accept that by title I am a ‘Recruiter’ but now I am happy to share this is what I do.

In the beginning, I didn’t want to be tarnished by the same brush so many in my industry are, but I realise there are assholes in every industry and only my attitude and actions will set me apart from the ‘Recruiter’ stigma.

People, glorious people.

My experiences to-date have been memorable. I’ve learned a lot, not only about recruitment, but by diving deeper and deeper into technology, and found that I love the opportunities this industry has afforded me to speak with some really interesting people. In fact, it’s the people I’ve enjoyed the most; after all, it’s the people you spend your time with that have the biggest impact on your happiness, and I’ve definitely had that in spades.

I’ve been busy.

These past few years have led to other (big) changes in my life; my family has grown from three to five and that has come with more responsibilities. My youngest, little Audrey, has just entered our family and while I put things in place to make sure baby #4 doesn’t surprise us, I’m also taking a leap of faith to begin a new journey.

New beginnings.

Last week I joined NatRec ANZ on a pathway to start my own recruitment agency. With NatRec ANZ providing the support to help me start and build my own business, I am eager to take this as far as I can. I am driven by equal parts fear and excitement, but the opportunity to take a punt on myself, my own abilities, and my own relationships, to put food on the table for my family, is an opportunity too good to refuse.

Coffee makes everything right.

I am super exited for this new journey and the first week was a blast. I will no doubt have some sleepless nights and will be ever reliant on coffee to keep me going.

If you’d like to join me for a morning / midday / afternoon caffeine hit please feel free to call me on 0427 107 796 or email me at jamesm@natrec.com.au. Likewise if you’re beverage of choice is a beer, I’m happy with that to.

Thanks again for your support,

James