You always learn a lot in your first year on the job. This is true of every job in every industry—and executive recruiting is no exception.
In fact, the learning curve in this high-end, high-pressure field is uniquely steep. I know from experience. I entered executive recruiting after a few years in law, some time at an eCommerce startup, and a short stint at Merrill Lynch. When I was recruited to join my first executive search firm, I didn’t even know what executive search was. But I was intrigued and impressed by the people I spoke with, so I proceeded to dive in head first.