Degree and university: Business studies, University of Coventry, 2006
Job title: Recruitment consultant, Joslin Rowe
What do you do in your job?
I recruit for the banking operations division of Joslin Rowe, covering the temporary and contract side. I specialise in investment banking, which is a huge responsibility given that Joslin Rowe recruits for the top two investment banks.
What do you like about your job?
The pace. I love the fact everything about recruitment moves so quickly and is constantly changing. The market is fiercely competitive, which means I must always be on top of everything, ensuring I know the market and the clients inside out. I also really enjoy the contact with people at every stage of the recruitment process.
What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
I suppose the competitive aspect that I love is also the biggest challenge. It is really important that I find the right skills in a particular candidate and work with them to develop those skills so that, in the end, I can meet my targets.
For me, the worst part is when I haven’t met a target or found a particular candidate a job. It can be upsetting because you can’t force roles to accommodate people or people to fit roles, so you haven’t always got the person’s ideal solution at hand, even though you wish you had.
Advice to readers considering a career in your field?
I would say go into recruitment with an open mind, it has moved far, far away from its image of straightforward cold-calling.