Meet our Realtimer Melissa McCready-Shaw! 👋 Melissa is our IT Recruitment Consultant in the USA team.
What do you do in Realtime?
I specialise in Backend Development (C#, C and C++).
Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself?
I love a good pub that allows you to bring your dog in with you!
Can you describe your career journey so far?
It has been a fast, but amazing year at Realtime. I have gotten to work with fantastic clients and candidates. Plus, my colleagues on all teams are great!
What is the best thing about working at Realtime?
You aren’t just a number, the people in leadership roles really value your opinion and input to the company. It’s like one big family!
What is one piece of career advice you could give?
Sometimes the less obvious career choice always ends up being the right one.
What does your typical day look like?
It depends, I have outlined my two styles of days below. This may differ depending on how many roles you have on at any given time or what the priority is that day. But the BD is always consistent! I always do at least 1 hour of BD every day.
- 1 pm team meeting and daily content catch-up
- 1.30 pm follow-up with anything that is a priority i.e., still waiting to get interviews booked in, or needed to contact hiring managers, etc.
- 2-4 pm First sprint of the day (BD sprint, sourcing, calls, etc)
- 4-6 pm second sprint of the day (BD sprint, sourcing, calls, etc).
- Break for dinner.
- 7-8 pm Last sprint of the day (BD sprint, sourcing, calls, etc).
- 8-9 pm Tie up any loose ends, cover sheet anything needed to be done, and plan for the next day.
Early 9-5 pm
- 9 am catch-up on anything that has come through – set the day up/contact any UK-based clients.
- 9.30-10 am – catch-up on admin/updating trackers and notes.
- 10-11 am marketing sprint.
- 11-12.00 first sprint (BD delayed content, sourcing, etc).
- Break for lunch.
- 1 pm team meeting.
- 1.30 – 2.00 Follow-up with anything via US clients.
- 2.30-4.30-second sprint of the day (BD sprint, sourcing, calls, etc).
- 4.30-5 pm Tie up any loose ends, cover sheet anything needed to be done, and plan for the next day.
Advice for someone who wants to work in recruitment?
- Be 100% strict with your time! Your day can fly in extremely fast so it’s great to have something to show for it at the end of the day.
- Divide your day into sprints, it keeps you on track and motivated.
- Build a great rapport with your clients and candidates, make sure they know how credible you are!
- Talk to as many people as possible in a single day, be those prospective clients, current clients, and candidates – so much can happen from an initial conversation!
- Lean on your colleagues’ previous experiences for support and advice – if you come across something you’re unsure of, there is a large possibility that they have worked through it.
- Listen to your colleagues’ conversations in the office – you tend to pick up some useful skills there.
- Have fun and enjoy your day! You are helping people change their lives or make their work easier.