Why did you become a recruiter?
- There was a few reasons that once put together made complete sense, I had been a recruiting manager in the pharmaceutical industry and found that despite giving a clear brief I hardly ever received candidates that matched this brief. Then when I took a redundancy from a major pharmaceutical company, I became the candidate and was shocked at just how unimportant I was to recruiters. Most recruiters had never worked within the pharmaceutical or medical industry and didn’t understand or care about what I wanted and needed as a candidate. The only company that took time to find out what was right for me in my career and had themselves worked in the industry was EP Healthcare. They asked if I would consider working with them and that was almost 7 years ago.
What is your biggest piece of advice for job seekers?
Take some time to work out what gives you joy in your working life, why you get out of bed in the morning and on the flip side, what under no circumstances do you want in your working life. List both and never disregard either when looking for the right role. Choose your recruiter as you would any other major life decision. What experience do they have? Are they a specialist? How long have they been in the industry? Do they want to find about your motivators and drivers? Are they transparent about the role, the package, the culture do they know about the products, company. Do not let anyone tell you that you can only work with one recruiter, you own your CV, it’s your career and only your choice where and who it goes too. Well………. that was more than one piece!
What’s your secret talent no one knows about?
- Roller skating, I used to speed skate competitively (in the olden days it was a thing!)
4. Choose a movie title for the story of your life + why.
- “Sixty Cups of Coffee” and that’s before lunch!