In 2004, I was working on the reception of a mobile telecoms company in Devon and soon after moved across to the HR and training department where recruitment became my niche. After a year of learning the ropes, I ran the department as HR and Training Manager for about four years. In 2010 I helped the directors set up a recruitment agency where I got my first taste of agency-side recruitment, managing a small team of consultants for nearly 3 years.
In 2013 I moved to Bournemouth and joined an IT company managing teams of up to 25 sales agents – here I learned a lot about ‘the cloud’, heading up some major campaigns for well-known technology vendors. After 18 months I decided to return to my passion of recruitment where I joined a local agency and used my knowledge of the technology industry to set up their IT division. I then joined the specialist IT division at Bond Williams In 2017 where I now focus purely on what I love doing most – filling jobs!
Why did you get into recruitment?
My career in recruitment wasn’t pre-meditated – I ‘fell into it’ soon realising that I had found something I really loved and was good at. Helping someone to find their dream job has always given me the greatest satisfaction, and from day one I knew that this would be my long-term career.
What qualifications do you have?
I don’t have many qualifications. I left school with all the usual GCSEs and then went to college, soon becoming a ‘beauty school drop-out’! I went straight into employment and a couple of years ago I obtained the Certificate in Recruitment Practice (CertRP).
What do you think makes a great recruitment consultant?
To stand out as an excellent recruiter, I believe you need to have a real passion for other people’s lives, careers and businesses, along with the patience to relentlessly search through hundreds of prospective CVs and profiles in order to find the right match. To get this right, it’s imperative to listen and empathise with both candidates and clients and to truly understand their needs. As a specialist IT recruiter, it is important to continually research and keep up to date with the fast-evolving technology industry. Having resilience is also key due to how unpredictable circumstances can often be during the recruitment process.
Your biggest achievement at Bond Williams?
Joining Bond Williams in itself has been a great achievement for me personally and professionally. Since working here, I have been able to gain the work-life balance I have always longed for, and I have been able to achieve many of the goals I have set for myself with even more in the pipeline! I also consider it a great achievement to be the consultant that is able to fill difficult vacancies when others haven’t – that makes each day worthwhile, knowing that I have been able to help my clients and candidates achieve their goals too.
Your biggest achievement in life?
Moving away from my home town in Devon on my own and settling into a new life in Bournemouth, which was very daunting but so worthwhile.
Always wanted to travel to…?
Thailand, which I was lucky enough to tick off my bucket list at the end of last year. I would love to travel around the world as I love culture and new interesting experiences.
Always wanted to learn how to…?
Speak another language fluently.
If I weren’t a recruitment consultant, I would be…?
A criminal investigator.
People would be surprised to know this about me?
I had a hip replacement at the age of 30. I can also say the longest train station name in Wales – Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.
Motto in life or something you strongly believe in?
Nothing is impossible.
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