Nick joined team Dark Horse a month ago, during one of the most economically uncertain times. He's penned some of his thoughts on how the digital recruitment landscape is adapting to these unprecedented times, and how he's making the most of his new start.
Leaving a role to start a new career in March or April would normally be nothing out of the ordinary. But not in 2020.
When I decided to leave my previous company, I was not expecting a global pandemic to hit. I was even less prepared for the looming economic impact to not just the UK, but the entire world.
From March through to April, businesses started slowly shuttering their doors; hospitality was a ghost town and offices were derelict. For someone looking to make a career move, this made recruitment pretty daunting...
I wanted to stay in the Digital world - that's the one thing I was sure of. I had searched LinkedIn and been in touch with various recruitment agencies who were desperately trying to pull roles from their clients which again, was proving an enormous task. Interviews weren't being done face to face and the job market was slowly diminishing. It was going to take a lot of effort to not only find a role I'd be happy in, but one where I could continue living my passion through my work each day.
An agency approached me, and after some long chats, they said they had an opportunity at a company called Dark Horse. I was keen to learn more about what the role and company had to offer as this was exactly what I was looking for in my next career move. Everything slotted into place: location, role, industry. It seemed a little too good to be true.
The Dark Horse difference - right from the start
I was put in touch with Dark Horse and had an initial interview. With lockdown restrictions in full swing, the interview process was conducted through Zoom, which was a bit alien to all of us. Through all my virtual interviews, I found it actually became easier to hold open and honest conversations. Face to face interviews can sometimes become clouded by current work commitments - getting time away from the office to attend an interview is a hurdle I was particularly glad to avoid. I had the chance to ask real questions, and to get a true feel for the company.
Something that struck me during both interviews was the genuine interest everyone showed in me. From my previous roles, to my passions and everything in between - team Dark Horse really focuses on hiring only the most fired up, energetic and experienced people to represent the brand. If I made the cut, I knew it would be the start of something special. I think the future of recruitment (along with all things Digital) will carry on shifting towards a virtual setup. 2020 has indeed had many useful lessons!
Times have changed
There were certainly a few struggles that I had to overcome when leaving a job just before a global pandemic - but there are some positives, too! Since COVID-19, I think people have become a lot more understanding and at-one with technology. Previously, I have had to drive long hours down multiple motorways just to have a catch-up meeting. Now I think clients and prospects are much more open to the idea of catching up on Zoom, something that would previously have been construed as "impersonal" or "lazy".
This open-minded approach helps both sides; it's far more time-efficient and achieves the same outcome, and I'd even argue that a better job can be done with screen sharing during meetings - particularly in the Digital industry. I think this is a huge step in the right direction for future businesses and I look forward to being a part of it.
Bigger & better is a way of life at Dark Horse
I have officially been a part of the Dark Horse team for a month and I already know I made the right decision with my career move. I secured my first PPC client before the end of my third week, and there are a few more large prospects in the pipeline which will bolster Dark Horse's ever-growing client base.
Dark Horse aren't like any other agency I have been with before. Hard work and passion are genuine ways to describe the brand vision - and having a front row view of the results both the business and team have generated is something I have been looking for, for a long time. We have a long and bright future ahead of us and I couldn't be more excited to be part of the team driving that change to the Digital industry.
I think it's safe to say that one ballsy move can be life changing - it was for me. I've officially experienced the Dark Horse difference and would entirely recommend you try it for yourself!