- What made you decide to join TalentYard?
There are so many recruitment agencies in London claiming to offer a unique approach, but having worked alongside the founder Marion Barry before I know that she is actually genuine! TalentYard’s passion for providing an honest and forward thinking approach to sourcing talent really appeals to me. I am excited to break the mould of what is expected from a typical recruitment company. Just past the start up stage, TalentYard is still fresh and innovative yet well established and professional. It is at an exciting period of development and I am thrilled to be a part of that.
- What is recruitment to you or what do you love most about recruitment?
I adore my job and always have. It doesn’t feel like a “job” at all – being naturally inquisitive I love finding out what clients’ needs are and what makes candidates tick, asking plenty of questions and communicating with people to get to the crux of what they want/need. The satisfaction of then facilitating lasting partnerships and the impact that can have upon businesses, and individuals’ lives, is a great feeling. I like to think of myself as a “Cupid” of the job world!
- Any favourite industry/type of client you love working with?
The beauty of PA recruitment is that it is relevant across all industries and a good PA can transcend different sectors. I love the variety of working with a broad base of clients and learning about how different their approaches can be, to both business as well as talent management.
- What are your professional goals for 2018? And personal goals?
This year I am particularly excited about the next step in my career and being a part of the growing team at TalentYard, and I have high hopes for what we can achieve. I would like to spend more time researching and increasing my professional knowledge of our fabulous industry, building good and collaborative working relationships and achieving success, not just in finding the right people for the right jobs but doing so with integrity, honesty and passion. I am constantly striving to improve the reputation of our industry and I am looking forward to working closely with TY Founder Marion to see how we can make this happen.
On the personal side I used to love reading books and could get lost in them for hours, but in recent years this hobby has given way and I would love to find this spark again. I also stopped eating meat for January and found it much easier (and tastier!) than I expected so I’m going to try to keep that up as much as possible. Those things, along with the obvious “getting fit and healthy” which is already on the way out and it’s only February…
- Favourite area of London?
I have many, and this question is hard. I originally lived in Brixton when I first moved to London and I will always, always hold a flame for that area. I love the energy, the diversity and the sense of community there.
Living in North London now, I tend to spend a lot of time in Hampstead and adore it. It has a real villagey feel about it, with beautiful boutiques, small lanes, quaint coffee shops and the Heath which stretches on for miles with a stunning view from Parliament Hill overlooking the whole of the city. All the houses are charming but completely individual and there are plenty of cosy pubs down cobbled streets so you can easily sit and while away the hours into the evening with a bottle of red.
For the last 5 years I have lived in Queens Park and Kensal Rise which is a great little hub in the North West – if you are interested please take a look at our upcoming blog about the area.
- If you weren’t working in recruitment what would you do?
I do genuinely love my job and believe I am better suited to this career than any other. However, if discipline and talent were not an issue then I would choose to be a portrait artist. I could get completely lost in the National Portrait Gallery and am in awe of anyone who has the ability to capture the essence of someone in a picture. Sadly I don’t, but that doesn’t stop me trying!
- Any tips for candidates for 2018?
Nothing that is specific to 2018, but as always I would suggest a well written, concise yet informative CV which has zero mistakes in it. And I mean ZERO mistakes. No matter how good a candidate you might be at the job, this is the first hurdle and can stop you even being considered. Just ask a friend to proofread it if spelling and grammar is not your forte. We are actually holding a CV workshop soon so please feel free to come along and have a chat – we would be delighted to assist you with your CV, interview tips or career advice.
- Any preferred venues to meet with candidates this year?
I love discovering new places and understand how difficult it can be for candidates to get out of work. I would be delighted to come to you to make the job search that tiny bit easier.