Degree and university: International hospitality management, University of Surrey, 2005
Job title: Consultant, Euro London Banking and Finance
What do you do in your job?
I place candidates in permanent roles within sales and trading. The positions include brokers, traders, investment banking origination associates and new business development executives in fields such as interest rate derivatives, equity derivatives, financial solutions, and hedge funds (amongst others).
What do you like about your job?
Banking and finance recruitment is extremely competitive, especially in the City where we are competing against many other firms to be the client’s favourite. The aspects I particularly enjoy are working on the client/candidate base through regular contact, pursuing new business leads, negotiating rates, meeting clients/candidates and attending international networking events. I also work within a fantastic team of dedicated bilingual consultants, all of whom work for each other, sharing similar backgrounds. Our working culture is unique.
What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
Actually making the placements. Comparatively, arranging interviews and getting the roles can be exceptionally straightforward. Recruitment consultancy is both client and candidate focused so the challenge is managing both sides and keeping everybody happy.
There are few aspects of my role which I don’t particularly enjoy: whilst the administrative stages like placing adverts and formatting CVs need to be carried out, they can be slightly time–consuming. Contrastingly, the benefit of carrying out both of these accurately reflects in the calibre of placements and client feedback we gain from our established client–base. It is essential to prioritise, time manage and erase any non–essential interferences on what is always a busy day.
Advice to readers considering a career in your field?
I came into recruitment consultancy/financial services completely fresh having left university believing I would pursue a career in hotel management. So, I would probably advise anyone completely new to recruitment not to be daunted by the pressure. If you are prepared for the challenge and find the right training and the right team, there is no reason why you can’t excel as an established top biller.