Becoming a Partner in Archer - Kieran Tumulty

Why did you get into recruitment?

Like many people, I fell into recruitment. I was moving to Dublin after spending a year in Malta and a friend suggested I explore recruitment as a career choice. I had completed a Law Degree and I knew a career as a solicitor wasn’t a good match for me. I knew I wanted to work with people. I wanted to have an exciting career where I could work in a sector that allowed me to progress quickly and to develop professional skills.

My first interview in Dublin was with Archer – I knew straight away that it was the right company and the right career for me.

What do you enjoy most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

As a recruiter, my role is very diverse and I enjoy all of the individual components (recruiting, business development, account management, training, marketing and management), but what really keeps me engaged is the excitement and sense of satisfaction when you achieve your goals. Filling a tough position for a client, helping a candidate make a great career move, landing a new client or helping more junior recruitment consultants improve and progress in their careers. You can make a real difference in people’s lives and valuable contributions to your client’s business.

Tell us about your journey through Recruitment?

I joined Archer when I was 23, a year after graduating from UCC in Law. I started recruiting business analysts in Dublin, working closely with Josh Linton, one of the founders of Archer. After a successful first year, I started the Business Intelligence and Analytics desk. It was a great opportunity to create a new business area for the company. At that time, Data skills were becoming increasingly important to our clients. I’ve really enjoyed growing this specialisation and now there are 4 people at Archer Recruitment Ireland recruiting in this area. At the same time, I took on the business development trainer role. We have a structured training program that I delivered to new trainee recruiters. It’s very rewarding to help guide people through their first couple of months of learning the client development area of recruitment and see their skills develop. I moved into a leadership role in my 3rd year and now I lead the Data Analytics team and the Software Engineering recruitment team. I still run my own desk and I’m actively involved in training others. I’ve been lucky to work with a fantastic group of talented people; my role is to support and help them in reaching their potential. I was offered the opportunity to become a Partner in Archer at the end of last year.

What tips would you give for someone considering a career in Agency Recruitment?

Talk to people who work in the industry (someone from your network, or companies that you’re applying to join). Figure out what type of agency will best suit you, and be selective about the company you join. Look for somewhere with a culture that fits with your values, good training and successful recruiters to learn from.

What has been your most memorable moment with Archer Recruitment?

I’m going to have to choose 4 … The 4 company ski trips I’ve been on since joining Archer. We do this as a reward for hitting targets and I think most of my colleagues will agree with me on this one.

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