As part of our Sector Spotlight on NHS Orkney, we have spoken to Angus Rafferty who is a Recruitment Officer. After completing a degree in Applied Geology, Angus moved to Orkney and began working with NHS Orkney as an Administration Assistant. He then completed a Modern Apprenticeship through Orkney College UHI, before moving into his current role.
Can you describe a typical day as a Recruitment Officer?
A typical day would usually involve advertising vacancies for various departments, catching up with our new employees to obtain the relevant paperwork and answering any queries they may have. I also advise members of staff on HR issues, file and log documents relating to recruitment and vacancies and generally support other members of staff around the hospital.
How did you end up in your current role?
I moved to Orkney after successfully completing my degree. From there, I started in the HR department as an Admin Assistant as part of a Modern Apprenticeship at UHI and have recently been appointed to my current position.
What is the best thing about your job?
I get to meet lots of people from all different walks of life and get see a good deal of the inner workings of the NHS.
What is the worst thing about your job?
Dealing with large volumes of work can be quite stressful.
What skills do you need to be a Recruitment Officer?
I need to have very good communication skills, an ability to prioritise work load, good IT skills, an ability to handle people who are in an excited state and a great deal of patience.
What qualifications do you have?
I have A Levels in Geology, History and Government and Politics and a degree in Applied Geology.
Would you recommend a career in recruitment?
I would definitely recommend my job to young people. While it can be very stressful, especially if you haven’t worked in this environment before, but you get a fascinating look into how the NHS really works.
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