If you like working with people, hitting targets and problem solving then a career as a Lettings Negotiator could be for you. But how do you make your CV stand out? And what do you include in your cover letter when you are applying for jobs?
Jobulo spoke to Chelsea Prout, a Lettings Negotiator, to find out how she got into the industry.
What Made You Want to Become a Lettings Negotiator?
I have always been very interested in property since I was a little girl. I loved watching all the property programmes like Grand Designs and have always found it an interesting industry. I also enjoy meeting new people and being active so I felt becoming a Lettings Negotiator was the best way to harness both my interests and skills. I also like the fact you can earn good money on commission.
Did You Have to Do Any Training for a Qualification?
Yes you do have to train and study but it all depends on who you work for. In my current job, the company regularly put me through courses. So far I have done my Viewings Live Course and I am due to do my Legal. You can research companies on the internet and find out about training programmes quite easily and decide which route is best for you.
Do You Need Work Experience?
For me it was more who I knew. I did have a day’s work experience through a family friend and a few months later a job came up. I didn’t actually start as a Negotiator. I started doing Property Management but found once I got some experience behind the scenes of the office a lot more agencies wanted to interview me for the Negotiator position. I definitely think work experience can help but it’s also about networking and getting to know the industry.
Tell Us About a Day at Work?
Every company works differently but my office specialises in student lets so we are constantly on the go, in and out the offices when students are back to university. A typical day would be to have two people out on viewings all day and two office based colleagues signing tenants up once a property has been let. The days are long but still enjoyable and go extremely fast when you are busy.
What Is the Best Part of the Job?
Meeting new people and the feeling of success when you find the applicants a property they love and proceed with the let.
What Is the Most Difficult Part of the Job?
The hardest part can be the long days when it isn’t as busy, but with my office that isn’t very often!
Are There Many Progression Opportunities?
There are lots of routes you can go when working in Lettings/Sales and lots of progression opportunities. You can progress from Trainee to Senior to Management, work in Property Maintenance, move from Lettings to Sales Negotiator or maybe even become a Trainer and train members of staff on courses. Working in this industry can also encourage people to become landlords themselves so it’s varied.
What CV Tips Could You Give to Someone Wanting to Work in this Industry?
Be confident and show them that you are target driven. Getting some work experience behind you is also a good idea.