Move from Finance to Recruitment

3 Reasons Why I Made the Move from Finance to Recruitment

After several years working in the fitness and banking industry, I was pretty sure I was ready for a career change, but I wasn’t sure what that would look like.

When I first heard about the recruitment role at Emanate Technology, I really had no idea about the recruitment industry, what a role as a recruitment consultant would look like on a day-to-day basis and if was actually the job for me. However, as I discovered more about the opportunities within the recruitment industry – with its potential for growth and attractive remuneration, I was soon convinced that a move from finance to recruitment was the perfect next step.

I know I’m not the only one who has suddenly arrived at a point in their career where they need a change. If you’re wondering if a career in the ever-expanding Australian Technology recruitment industry is for you, here are the top three reasons I’m glad I made the move, and why I will never look back.

A Great Company to Work For

Coming to the world of Tech recruitment with little to no experience, I did wonder if it would be the right fit for me. However, once I met Joel Hides, the founder and director of Emanate Technology, and learnt about the opportunities available in recruitment, I soon became excited by the prospect of the move. There are several things that really stand out about the company and make me genuinely love working here:

Onboarding: The onboarding experience began before I even stepped through the door –  I was invited to meet the team weeks before I started, which made my first day so much easier and less daunting. I had never had this experience at any other company, and it really helped to ease any concerns I had about starting a new job.

Company Culture: The company culture at Emanate Technology and the way in which the business operations are structured have both contributed to making my career transition smooth and, while not without its challenges, very exciting. I have been supported every step of the way.

Mentoring/Support Programme: Similarly, the ongoing mentoring programme – where no question is too big or small – cultivates a supportive, fun workplace that encourages continued personal and professional growth.

Building on Existing Skills

I’ve found that despite the vast differences in the worlds of recruitment and finance, there are a number of transferable skills that have aided my journey to becoming a successful recruitment consultant, and it has been really rewarding to see the way my existing experience can benefit a new role.

My background in the finance industry includes a history of management and sales across national and multinational businesses. These positions enabled me to develop strong people skills and learn effective sales techniques, which are core skills for the often-competitive world of recruitment.

For me, recruitment is all about people and creating genuine relationships with candidates and employers.

If you are thinking about transitioning into recruitment, consider whether you have the following skills:

  • An outgoing nature and positive attitude. As a recruitment consultant, you will spend a lot of your time working with clients and candidates from a variety of backgrounds and getting to know what makes them tick. If you don’t consider yourself a people person, this might not be the role for you.
  • Drive and motivation. You need the drive to go the extra mile for your clients, candidates and company. A background in sales or marketing will stand you in good stead for a career as a recruiter.

Career Growth and Development

Transitioning from one sector to another will never be without its challenges. Understandably, taking up a recruitment job for the first time will come with a few hiccups, and you may initially feel anxious and a little uncomfortable. However, the company’s focus on providing a supportive team environment and ongoing training for their consultants, both internally and through outsourcing, has meant I’ve felt completely supported throughout the entire process and has made the transition such a smooth and positive experience.

If you are considering moving into recruitment, Emanate Technology is currently hiring for our Brisbane office. With a fantastic working environment and people-first culture, we offer first-class training and remuneration for the right candidates.

Contact us today, or email Joel Hides at to start your journey to becoming a recruiter.