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Cherith distinguishes herself as RECs top Diploma student

Cherith distinguishes herself as RECs top Diploma student
Newcastle-upon-Tyne based recruitment consultant Cherith Smith is celebrating after becoming the Recruitment and Employment Confederations top student in the Diploma in Recruitment Practice (Dip.RP).
The Diploma is one of four industry recognised qualifications offered by the REC, the representative body for the UKs 22.5 billion private recruitment industry, to help recruitment professionals develop their career.
Having passed her Certificate in Recruitment Practice six years ago, Cherith was exempt from one of the four modules which make up the Diploma but attained two Distinctions and a Merit in the three exams she sat this year.
Cherith has been a consultant with Northern Recruitment Group (NRG) for the past eight years. Before starting work with NRG, she took a full-time Business Studies course at college. During her studies, Cherith had a part-time job working in travel sales within a small contact centre, which, she said, helped to increase her confidence.
It was while she was working at the call centre that she registered with NRG who offered her an internal temporary post, which became a permanent job for her 12 months later. Since then, she has worked her way up the career ladder within the company and is now an account manager for large volume clients, working on a volume temp account for a national company across several sites in the UK.
Commenting on being the top Diploma student, Cherith said: I was delighted to learn I had passed the course with the results I achieved. I then found out that I was top student for the year which is absolutely overwhelming and I feel honoured to have achieved this award.
By becoming top Diploma student, I have gained further recognition from my employer, my colleagues and my clients and my overall job satisfaction has increased.
She now hopes that through her achievement, she can go on to take responsibility for even larger teams and clients at NRG.
Cherith said she would recommend the course to future students. It is a challenge but very rewarding. Much of what I have studied I can now apply within my job especially in areas such as law and ethics. Each of the workshops I attended was run by an experienced member of the REC who made me feel as though I was being guided and taught.
She also paid tribute to her colleagues at NRG, including three who also sat the Diploma, for their assistance and encouragement. Without having this support from my colleagues and my team, I believe I would have found it much more difficult to achieve the results I wanted. NRG continually invest in training and development of their teams and constantly encourage and support individual and team development.
Judith Armatage, the RECs Director of Professional Development, said of Cheriths achievement: Her results show how dedicated recruitment professionals continue to strive for the highest possible standards within this industry. We never cease to be amazed by the dedication and commitment the students apply to successfully completing their courses, and as Cherith has shown, being the best can bring so many additional benefits including being held in high regard by colleagues, clients and candidates alike.
Cherith will now be a guest at the Institute of Recruitment Professionals annual awards ceremony being held at The Brewery, London, on the evening of Wednesday October 20 where she will be presented with her Diploma.


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