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My month of work experience at Network Marketing – Jamie Hirst


What are you studying and where?

Having completed my Geography and Natural Hazard Management Degree at Chester University, I have made the decision to peruse a career in Marketing. Hence, this month (September) I begin my MSc in Marketing at Huddersfield University.

Why did you undertake work experience?

Working at Network Marketing provides you with an excellent knowledge of the marketing industry in West Yorkshire. Hence as an aspiring marketer, spending a month there provided invaluable knowledge for someone in my position.
In addition to this, this week has been a fantastic opportunity to develop office skills. Offering a graduate a job should seem like far less of a gamble if they have a substantial chunk of related experience in the bank!

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What other work experience have you done over the last couple of months?

I completed a one week placement at Savvy Marketing before Network Marketing. I am conducting a two week placement at MacComms Marketing and PR agency.

What work did you undertake at Network Marketing?

I spent my time carrying out resourcing. This involved finding the appropriate candidate for each role, with the aim of sending them to a client for consideration. Hours spent conducting LinkedIn, Bond and Daxtra searches allowed me to access an abundance of potential candidates. I would then contact the most promising candidates, briefing them on the position and letting them know why it could be a fantastic fit for them! This usually took the form of telephone calls where I briefed them on a role professionally, honestly and accurately. This was then followed by sending a selection of keen candidates to our clients! I also recruited through the use of job advertisements. I would write them and post them to various job websites. This proved to be an effective tool in finding talented candidates.

Do you feel like you've made a difference to both yourself and the company? If so, how?

Absolutely. A month spent in this hard working environment has allowed me to grow as an aspiring professional, developing an array of skills. In terms of the company, I would like to think that I have been a big help. I resourced for many different positions, which has added to the choice of candidates for the client to choose from and taken a bit of pressure off of my co-workers!

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Did you enjoy your time at Network Marketing and if so, what did you enjoy most?

I very much enjoyed my time at Network Marketing! Although it was a learning curve at times, this has ultimately been an enjoyable and rewarding experience where I have been fortunate enough be be part of a sensational team of recruiters. The most enjoyable part was the opportunity to interact with the candidates themselves, with the aim of finding each candidate excellent progression in there career!

How do you think taking part in work experience will affect your employability compared to someone who hasn’t, and why?

In my opinion any employer would look more favourably upon someone who has gained the skills associated with an office environment than someone who hasn’t. Someone who is willing to put in such a period of hard graft for nothing more than to develop their skills clearly means business!

What’s your biggest take away you have from your time here?

The cheese and onion pasty I got from Gregg's on the final Thursday. It was huge… Really however, the most important thing I learned is the knowledge of the industry in West Yorkshire. I’m sure it will serve me well when beginning my career and in years to come!


Author

Lynne Kelly

Lynne is our marketing manager and has worked in communications for more than 10 years. A proud Dub, (*Dublin, Ireland*), she has lived in the UK for over 6 years with most of this time spent living in sunny Brighton. New to Leeds, she is learning the Yorkshire way, although it is not diluting her accent at all. She talks about all things Network Marketing and The Book Recruitment, a lot, and via many channels!

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