Executive Network
EXECUTIVE NETWORK

GET INSPIRED BY OUR STORIES

  • The people at Executive Network have a lot to say about why they wouldn’t dream of having any other job.

  • There is one thing that connects our team of driven, ambitious individuals and that’s their common goal to be better than anyone else in the market, committing to their SuperBrands, and living and breathing our values.

  • We asked Managing Director, Matt Ellis, to write his thoughts on some of our most inspiring employees, and let us in on the secrets to what makes them so exceptional.

    From rookie to top earner, get inspired by some of their stories below!

 

+

Chris Rowlands 

What Matt says:"I met Chris in October 2004, during a final interview to join our Rec-to-rec business RED Recruitment. I instantly felt a connection with Chris as he struck me as a career driven individual with a very laid back nature. Chris had completed a 2 year graduate scheme in the utilities ... READ MORE

What Matt says:

"I met Chris in October 2004, during a final interview to join our Rec-to-rec business RED Recruitment. I instantly felt a connection with Chris as he struck me as a career driven individual with a very laid back nature. Chris had completed a 2 year graduate scheme in the utilities sector and had 3 months recruitment experience within a local legal recruitment firm.


Chris joined us as a trainee consultant shortly after and his career progression has been nothing short of meteoric ever since. When it comes to identifying Chris’ strengths, I can honestly say he has it all. Chris is a businessman with strong commercial awareness, a flare for working with individuals from all walks of life, a natural leader, a great recruiter, a superb man-manager, a great communicator. I could go on all day!


It is these skills coupled with Chris’ loyalty and determination to succeed that saw him progress from Trainee to Company Director and shareholder (my partner) in an 8 year period, clearing every challenge along the way with flying colours. This section of the website is about “Getting Inspired” and Chris has been integral in providing inspiration to me and building our business to what you see before you today. We have by no means stopped yet, this is the start of the journey for Chris & I."

An interview with Chris:

Describe your job, as a Director

I’m Director of two of Executive Network’s five divisions – The HSE Recruitment Network and Network HR Recruitment. My role is to drive profitability, growth and most importantly to ensure we deliver an exceptional recruitment service to all of our candidates and clients. I also try and make this a fun place to work!

What did you do before joining Executive Network Group?

It’s hard to remember I've been here for so long! I left University and joined the RWE npower graduate scheme for two years before making the move into recruitment. I had a brief stint with a legal and accountancy recruitment agency before finding my home at Executive Network.

What progression have you made since joining Executive Network Group?

Over the last 10 years I've grown from somebody with a decent academic background but little else into a Director of two businesses. Without listing all of the steps along the way it’s fair to say my progression has been enormous. The most important thing for me over those 10 years has been the fact that my opportunities to progress, both personally and professionally, have been constant, and I can honestly say that not a day has passed where I haven’t walked into the office knowing exactly what I’m aiming for. The transparency across our business is one of our strengths.

What kind of skills do you need to really make it in your current role?

First and foremost you have to understand the dynamics of recruitment – the processes and strategies that ensure we deliver an exceptional recruitment service to our clients. Beyond that I think you have to be knowledgeable and adaptable to the ever-changing economic landscape that we operate in. The old adage is true: if you’re standing still you’re moving backwards, and we've had to evolve enormously as a business over the past 10 years. Lastly you have to be passionate about the development of others, and enjoy helping somebody replicate (and hopefully exceed) your own achievements as a recruitment consultant.

What are your goals? What do you think are great measures of success?

My goals are always centred around continuous improvement; personally, individually (for my team members) and collectively as a business. It’s a running joke in the office that I like a good graph, and the sad fact is that it’s true… so long as the line is heading north-easterly! The most important thing for me is that my goals are always realistic – I definitely wouldn't describe myself as a “dreamer” – but once I set my mind to something I am pretty relentless.

What’s your favourite day of the week? And why. What’s a day in the life of Director typically like?

Friday, specifically the first Friday of every month. The feeling in the office when we've had a great week and everybody has met their objectives cannot be beaten, and on the first Friday of every month we reward those that exceeded their own personal targets the previous month with lunch out on the company and the afternoon off.

Why did you choose to work at Executive Network Group? What do you love about your job?

The group has changed dramatically since I joined – we were 10 people in an (albeit lovely) office back in 2004 – but the ethos has never changed. We have a clear identity and if you love working here, you REALLY love working here. In my eyes the reason is simple: we have the balance absolutely right. We take our jobs seriously and we strive for success every day but at the same time we never lose sight of the fact that if it’s not fun and it’s not enjoyable, there really is no point. Matt is both enthusiastic and pragmatic and that permeates throughout our business. I also love the dynamism – if something isn’t working, we fix it. If something needs to happen, we act. And if something is working, we celebrate it.

How did you get started in this industry?

Whilst on the RWE npower graduate scheme I realised that in order to get the best out of myself I needed to be in an environment where I could work hard and be rewarded for my successes. “Meritocracy” is an over-used word in the world of recruitment but in essence that was what I was looking for. A fellow npower graduate left the scheme to start a role in recruitment and suggested I look into it. I started, and never looked back.

What has been your highlight and greatest achievement so far?

Being promoted to Director of The HSE Recruitment Network in January 2012 was an incredibly proud moment. To be given the responsibility for managing the direction and growth of a company I had pretty much dedicated my working life to, felt like an enormous vote of confidence. More recently the opportunity to become involved with Network HR in a similar capacity has been an incredibly exciting challenge. I was also shortlisted for Birmingham Young Professional of the Year in 2012 which was a very nice pat on the back!

What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?

I dread to think!

READ LESS

+

Matthew Greenberg 

What Matt says: "I first met Matthew (aka "Matty G") in December 2011. Matt was working for a competitor of ours and felt his progression had become somewhat stunted, and we hit it off straight away. Matt struck me as a very consultative character, but had a quiet determination and drive for better ... READ MORE

What Matt says: "I first met Matthew (aka "Matty G") in December 2011. Matt was working for a competitor of ours and felt his progression had become somewhat stunted, and we hit it off straight away. Matt struck me as a very consultative character, but had a quiet determination and drive for better things. Matt’s laid back style suits his market of HR recruitment incredibly well and whilst the role of a recruitment consultant is no doubt challenging for Matt he takes everything in his stride and is clearly destined for greater things in our group.

Matt’s biggest success is undoubtedly his "Top Biller in Network HR" crown during his first full year in the business but I would consider the different dynamic he has offered the team and business as one of his greatest achievements. You could argue surviving 2 years as the only male in the HR team is an achievement in itself but Matt takes absolutely everything in his stride.

Matt will often be seen counselling and consulting with his colleagues as he is undoubtedly someone to turn to for advice and guidance whether it be recruitment or anything else for that matter. Matt has quickly established himself as a senior member of our HR recruitment business, Network HR, and I expect his career to continue and flourish down the management path due to his approachable nature & experience in the recruitment sector.

You may also be surprised to learn Matt is an exceptional goalkeeper, and the organiser of our weekly five-a–side football matches. I quickly made it a contractual obligation he is always on my side. Both in football and in business; Matt is someone you definitely want on your team!"

An interview with Matthew:

Describe your job, as Senior Consultant for Network HR

Professional networker, plate-spinner, talent scout, job hunter, agony aunt, confidant and advice giver.

What did you do before joining Executive Network Group?

I Worked for a direct competitor and was always coming up against Network HR when working on vacancies.

What progression have you made since joining Executive Network Group?

Great progression over the 2 years I've been with the business. I joined as a Consultant and within 12 months I had secured promotion to Senior Consultant, and now I have mu eye on Managing Consultant. I’ve also had my best years billings with the business, and my billings have increased year on year.

What kind of skills do you need to really make it in your current role?

Patience, confidence, a positive mind-set and good organisational skills.

What are your goals? What do you think are great measures of success?

My short term goals (as I don’t do long term) are to secure promotion this year, hit target as a minimum, get into double commission, and continue with having as strong a year as I have started it. In terms of measures of success: revenue, promotion, how I’m viewed within the business.

What’s your favourite day of the week? And why. What’s a day in the life of Senior Consultant for Network HR typically like?

FRIDAY! Not only is it a fun day in the office (not that the others aren't!) it gives me the chance to reflect on a good week, look forward to the weekend to be able to relax and recharge, and get set up for the week ahead. There is no such thing as a typical day! Keeping lots of plates spinning, speaking to clients and candidates, keeping up to date with changes within the market place and the latest news affecting my desk, sourcing suitable candidates for vacancies, sourcing new vacancies, updating with candidates to see what their situation is, head hunting, keeping abreast of any changes within the business… its non-stop!

Why did you choose to work at Executive Network Group? What do you love about your job?

I had an understanding of the Group and Network HR as I was constantly coming up against them when I was working for a competitor. The fact that they had such a good reputation in the market, had existing relationships with an enviable list of clients, and were always held in high regard by candidates was more than enough for me to move to the Group. The things I love about my job: first and foremost, the ability to make some serious money, and within this business there really are no limits as to what can be achieved. The office is unlike any other that I’ve worked in; a great buzz, a really positive atmosphere, a balance between hard work and banter, being kept busy and no day is the same.

How did you get started in this industry?

By accident, I didn't know what I wanted to do when I finished Uni and I thought I needed a job that would let me make some money. Recruitment was the answer, and 7 years later I’m still doing it.

What has been your highlight and greatest achievement so far?

The highlight of my time with Network HR was receiving a nomination for the end-of-year awards. To have been nominated was an indication of being held in high regard by the Management team. My greatest achievement has been securing promotion coupled with increasing my billings year-on-year.

What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?

Not a clue!

READ LESS

+

Loren Price Cohen 

What Matt says: "Loren joined us in 2011 as a fresh-faced school leaver on the government sponsored NVQ Apprenticeship Scheme. Loren’s responsibilities upon joining were very basic admin and data entry duties, but it soon became evident we were wasting her talents. Loren showed early signs of bein... READ MORE

What Matt says: "Loren joined us in 2011 as a fresh-faced school leaver on the government sponsored NVQ Apprenticeship Scheme. Loren’s responsibilities upon joining were very basic admin and data entry duties, but it soon became evident we were wasting her talents. Loren showed early signs of being someone who did not want to settle as an apprentice and really wanted to spread her wings in our business.

After briefly trying her hand at recruitment as a resourcer, she settled within our Sales Support team as an integral part of the business. Loren’s drive and determination soon got her through her Apprentice scheme completing her NVQ not only at level 3 but moving on to level 4, passing with flying colours! This left us with no option but to offer Loren a full-time contract within our business as a Sales Support Consultant.

Loren is very approachable and has built bonds not only with her own team but throughout the business. Affectionately known as "l’il Loren", she applies great attention to detail and has become a highly valued asset to our HR business, Network HR.

Loren is very ambitious and has already applied for promotion within the support team. I see Loren’s future as a bright one and with a very varied skill-set could turn her hand to any role within our business. With the drive and determination she has, I have no doubt Loren will grow and progress with our business in the years to come.

An interview with Loren:

Describe your job, as a Sales Support Consultant

Keep the whole recruitment process and workings running smoothly and efficiently. First port of contact for all customers. Keeping our databases.

What did you do before joining Executive Network Group?

Studying my A Levels in English and Law.

What progression have you made since joining Executive Network Group?

I joined Executive Network Group in 2011 as an Apprentice studying my NVQ Level 3 which - may I add - I completed two months early. I then progressed through to my NVQ Level 4 which I completed early last year, all this being achieved led to me becoming a fully fledged member of the Sales Support team.

What kind of skills do you need to really make it in your current role?

Dedication, patience, attitude (both good and bad!), consistency and be able to self manage.

What are your goals? What do you think are great measures of success?

I aim to continue to progress and allow my knowledge to grow, which I believe will result in success.

What’s your favourite day of the week? And why. What’s a day in the life of Sales Support typically like?

Honestly have to say Monday, which may seem strange! Reason being, it’s a fresh new week in Network House, any problems from the previous week are now a distant memory and the whole office are sat down, tuned in and ready for another hard working week. Typically it’s here, there and everywhere. A day will include: speaking with candidates and clients, keeping on top of all reactive work as well as proactive tasks, meeting deadlines, dealing with queries and liaising with the consultants. The afternoon will be split between advertising my new roles and drawing up a shortlist of suitable applicants for my new vacancy. I will also start to look at which opportunities to present to the candidate I met with at lunch time! Plus much much more…

Why did you choose to work at Executive Network Group What do you love about your job?

I knew they could provide me with the support and progression I needed, to get me to where I am today, and can honestly say they backed me the whole way! I love how no day is the same.

How did you get started in this industry?

Just got thrown into it; I've learnt and adapted along the way.

What has been your highlight and greatest achievement so far?

My NVQ qualifications and being voted as WCP in 2013.

What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?

A rewarding job in the fashion industry, (that gives me free clothes, bags and shoes!).

READ LESS

+

Sarah Hamill 

What Matt says: "I met Sarah in 2007 as a bright-eyed young woman fresh from college with a drive and determination I had never seen before - or since - in an 18 year old. Sarah had no experience at all of the working world or indeed recruitment but boy did she learn quickly. Sarah’s personality i... READ MORE

What Matt says: "I met Sarah in 2007 as a bright-eyed young woman fresh from college with a drive and determination I had never seen before - or since - in an 18 year old. Sarah had no experience at all of the working world or indeed recruitment but boy did she learn quickly. Sarah’s personality is infectious and in the seven years I've worked with Sarah, I can honestly say I have never seen her without a smile on her face. Cheesy I know, but it’s a fact!

Sarah is someone you want to be around and this has undoubtedly contributed to her success in the recruitment market. Our clients love her, our candidates love her and above all, our team all love her! Sarah has been promoted 5 times within the business and I certainly cannot remember a time in recent years when Sarah has not been a finalist for our end of year top honours winning them on more than one occasion.

She is driven, focused, competitive, career orientated, and above all an absolute pleasure to work with. Sarah has many achievements during her time here, winner of many rewards, promotions and tom honours. But I am most proud of the way Sarah has totally dominated the Midlands Rec2Rec market working for RED. If you are a recruiter in the Midland, you know who Sarah is and that takes some doing!

Sarah is the life and soul of our office and is inspirational to those around her, getting behind all incentives; competitions and most of all company outings. Just ask her about the Roller Disco she organised for us! Sarah has been with us now for 7 years, but it only feels like yesterday that I met her. She has grown into a professional business woman and her enthusiasm and commitment is a bright as the day she joined.

I have no doubt Sarah will rise through the management ranks with us as she has recently embarked on management training and recruited her first companion to teach everything she has learnt. I see no boundaries to Sarah’s future with the Executive Network Group.

An interview with Sarah:

Describe your job, as a Senior Rec-To-Rec Consultant for RED

I specialise in recruiting for the recruitment industry across the whole of the West Midlands. I work on a variety of different roles from entry level positions up to Senior Consultant/Branch Management roles. Networking and headhunting across all specialist sectors, I work exclusively with some of the best recruitment agencies in the Midlands.

What did you do before joining Executive Network Group?

Before joining Executive Network I went to sixth Form where I completed my A levels.

What progression have you made since joining Executive Network Group?

Since joining the business I have had 5 promotions, over a £10,000 pay rise and I now have my “dream” company car. I bought my first house at 21 and have been fortunate enough to go on several luxury holidays several times a year!

What kind of skills do you need to really make it in your current role?

Hardworking, Dedicated, Persistent and Driven.

What are your goals? What do you think are great measures of success?

To be the biggest billing consultant in the business and for RED to be known as the best Rec-To-Rec in the Midlands. This will be measured by our enviable reputation in the market.

What’s your favourite day of the week? And why. What’s a day in the life of a Rec-To-Rec Consultant typically like?

Friday! Without shadow of a doubt as it is the start of the weekend and after a good week this means a cheeky early finish, AKA time to go to the PUB! A typical day will include speaking to candidates and clients first thing in the morning to get feedback on last nights interviews. Mid morning will be spent out of the office visiting a client to take on a brand new exclusive vacancy. This is immediately followed by a candidate meeting over lunchtime. The afternoon will be split between advertising my new role and drawing up a shortlist of suitable applicants for my new vacancy. I will also start to look at which opportunities to present to the candidate I met with at lunch time! Plus much much more…

Why did you choose to work at Executive Network Group? What do you love about your job?

Simple – Because they were different to every other company! It is a grown-up environment where I am able to make my own decisions about my desk. I get as much support as I need and I am able to take advantage of a fantastic commission structure. I also work within a great team that is successful and hardworking! I also love the banter and the social side that comes with recruitment and celebrating everyone’s success! WORK HARD, PLAY HARDER!

How did you get started in this industry?

I didn’t wake up one day wanting to be a recruitment consultant… I completely fell in to it. After completing my A Levels I decided that I didn’t want to go to university – I wanted a job where I could make as much money as possible! I started applying for positions and received a call from a recruitment agency… Since then I’ve never looked back, the rest is history!

What has been your highlight and greatest achievement so far?

My highlight so far is being promoted to Senior Consultant and getting my company car. Biggest Achievement – Single-handedly finding 14 of the best trainees for the 2013 Executive Academy.

What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?

I would have probably continued playing sport throughout university and would hopefully be playing professionally in America.

READ LESS

+

Stephen Brandsma 

What Matt Says: "I first met Steve in January 2010 during an interview for our HSE division. Steve immediately struck me as a very calm and consultative individual who had a very clear idea about what he wanted to achieve in life. Steve really stands out from the crowd for me, but not because of a l... READ MORE

What Matt Says: "I first met Steve in January 2010 during an interview for our HSE division. Steve immediately struck me as a very calm and consultative individual who had a very clear idea about what he wanted to achieve in life. Steve really stands out from the crowd for me, but not because of a loud outgoing personality, in fact quite the opposite. Steve is very considered in everything he does, and certainly does not shout his achievements from the rooftops. In all my years in recruitment I have not met someone who delivers year on year on the goals he sets out in his annual vision and business plan.

The reason Steve always delivers, is down to his determination, drive, and ability to “get things done”. Steve worked through the ranks very quickly as a big biller breaking all HSE records in the Perm Division, it became clear he wanted to spread his wings into other areas outside of Health & Safety and Network Group International was then formed.

Steve is now a Director of our group running a boutique Search Division specialising in Senior Appointments overseas and although only formed in 2013 is already showing great signs of success within our Group. Steve’s progression has been rapid in the 4 years we have been together; going from Senior Consultant to Director of his own business in a little over 3 years is a huge achievement.

I'm very optimistic about Steve's future. As we continue to invest in our overseas division we will see NGI transforming from a small boutique search operation to a true force to be reckoned with.

An interview with Stephen:

Describe your job, as Managing Director of Network Group International

My role put simply has two aspects, to lead by example as a billing consultant and build a successful business for the international marketplace.

What did you do before joining Executive Network Group?

Before joining Executive Network Group I worked for a leading national recruitment business in London where I started in 2004 as a trainee.

What progression have you made since joining Executive Network Group?

I joined the Group in January 2010 as Senior Consultant, was promoted to Principal Consultant at the end of 2011, then Partner halfway through in 2012 and was most recently given the opportunity to set up Network Group International in April 2013. Considering all I wanted when I set out was to be the best I could be, I’m pretty pleased about this.

What kind of skills do you need to really make it in your current role?

Tenacity, resilience, self assessment and a desire to learn. Knowing what it is exactly you want out of life will give you the fuel you need to ‘go the extra mile’. A little ambition will come in very useful too!

What are your goals? What do you think are great measures of success?

My goal today has not changed since day one. I set out to be the best I could be, the only difference is that now I want to play my part in helping others do the same. I know that if we are able to achieve this, we will all be successful and, more importantly, happy. I believe success is subjective. What does ‘success’ mean to me? For me success and happiness are intrinsically linked.

What’s your favourite day of the week? And why. What’s a day in the life of a Managing Director typically like?

I know this is sad but I would have to say Sunday, as it’s essentially Monday in the Middle East and I can check my emails incognito on my phone while being around my family. Although seriously, any day we secure a fantastic opportunity for a talented person is a great day! What is each day like? Diverse - no two days are the same. It’s amazing what can be done with a phone, computer and a little ambition.

Why did you choose to work at Executive Network Group? What do you love about your job?

I chose to explore a career at Executive Network Group for practical reasons but I chose a career here over other potential employers because they made it clear they were specialists at what they do, who had built an environment that rewarded success and entrepreneurialism. That is what I wanted.

How did you get started in this industry?

My brother, who was a Rec-to-Rec consultant at the time, suggested that I attend an interview with one of his clients back in 2004. Having no previous experience as a consultant, and an incredibly strong South African accent, I was offered a role as trainee and the rest as they say is history!

What has been your highlight and greatest achievement so far?

This career has given me the opportunity to do and overcome many things. The first thing that comes to mind is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in 2012 and flying the flag of the HSE Recruitment Network at 19,300 feet, that was a very proud and special moment. Achieving my target in 2012 and taking delivery of my brand new Audi A5 comes a close second place.

What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?

I’d like to think I’d be a mountain leader or a dolphin trainer or something, but the truth is I’d be searching the web for jobs as a recruitment consultant!

READ LESS

+

Laura Cleaver 

What Matt Says: "Laura joined us in 2010 as a complete rookie with zero recruitment experience and little exposure to the working environment. We recruited Laura to cover some maternity leave in our contract division of the HSE Recruitment Network, and with her limited experience our expectations we... READ MORE

What Matt Says: "Laura joined us in 2010 as a complete rookie with zero recruitment experience and little exposure to the working environment. We recruited Laura to cover some maternity leave in our contract division of the HSE Recruitment Network, and with her limited experience our expectations were reasonably low. How wrong we were!

Laura’s approach is totally different to many recruiters that I have witnessed both past and present, as she goes about her business quietly and with little fuss. But do not be mistaken by the “silent assassin", Laura’s determination and desire to succeed may not be shouted from the rooftops but trust me - it’s there in droves.

As a Managing Contract Consultant, Laura has the ideal skill-set required: fast-paced, organised, methodical, business acumen and a great relationship builder, not to mention a superb recruitment expert in her chosen market. Laura’s successes speak for themselves, regularly breaking HSE consultant records as well as all-time company contract records. She has also won the company’s top accolades two years running, as well as being a regular finalist in our end of year top honours award ceremony.

Laura has been the recipient of many rewards since joining us in 2010 and can regularly be spotted at the fine dining joints of Birmingham and beyond. Laura has been a true driving force in the development of the “Contract” side of all our businesses and can regularly be caught offering advice and guidance to other contract consultants throughout the company.

An interview with Laura:

Describe your job, as a Managing Contract Consultant

In a nutshell, I solve problems! Our clients are usually on a really tight timescale and need a Health and Safety professional to cover a gap urgently, such as sickness leave or maternity cover. We also supply people for specific project work such as training, or helping out with an audit or system accreditation process. I have a large network of self employed contractors that I match based on skill set and personality so that the client has the perfect person for the role, and usually all in around 48 hours. I also have responsibility for managing a team member working at a trainee level. This requires supervision and encouragement, regular meetings and often just a sympathetic ear!

What did you do before joining Executive Network Group?

I did a lot of different jobs whilst I tried to find the perfect thing for me. I temped as a PA and secretary for a long time and enjoyed the challenge and pace of the work (hence being a contract consultant now!) but wanted a role where I could have more control over my success. Running a recruitment desk is like running your own mini business which is perfect for me.

What progression have you made since joining Executive Network Group?

I was really thrown into the deep end and had to get to grips with contract recruitment incredibly quickly, due to maternity gaps in our team. As a result I have had the opportunity to progress really quickly. I started off as a Trainee Consultant and then moved to Consultant and Senior within my team. I recently gained a promotion to Managing Consultant which has been a steep learning curve for me, but one that I have really enjoyed getting to grips with. Ideally I want to progress to a place where I can be a Team Leader/Director and help multiple people within the business.

What kind of skills do you need to really make it in your current role?

Perseverance: contract recruitment can be incredibly frustrating with time constraints, and contractors moving on. You also need to be very organised, process driven and be able to prioritise your workload efficiently. Being able to do 10 things at once is also a bonus!

What are your goals? What do you think are great measures of success?

My goals are to run a successful team within Network Group eventually as a Team Leader or Director. I look at the success of my Director and MD and would love to emulate that. Career success is hugely important to me, and I measure success by how far I have progressed within the company, how I can help and inspire the team around me and of course money on the board (mine and the team's).

What’s your favourite day of the week? And why. What’s a day in the life of a contract consultant typically like?

Tuesday’s. I used to hate Tuesday’s when I first started in the business as they were our “new business” days and I found it hard to interrupt people during their working day. But I am so proud of what I do now, and the network I have built that I find it easy to talk to new contacts and tell them what I do as I am able to provide a genuine service for them. I also know a lot of people in the industry now which means people are much more receptive to talking to you. I start the day following up with any companies where I am aware there may be a need, I often have a solution in the form of a suitable contractor waiting to go which means their issue could be solved within 24 hours. I then spend the day chatting to people in my sector, finding out how their business works, if there is any way I can help their business, and also whether HSE Recruitment can help them personally as a candidate. By the end of the day I have usually made a lot of new contacts, and matched some really good contractors up with the right business for them, meaning a well deserved drink is in order. All of this is balanced with managing a trainee within my team. We like our consultants to stand on their own two feet and self manage, so I don’t like to interrupt too often but it is important to remain open and available for any queries. I try and help my trainee develop the answers to his questions himself rather than spoon feeding and sit down for regular meetings to discuss progress.

Why did you choose to work at Executive Network Group What do you love about your job?

As soon as I interviewed at Executive Network Group I knew it was the right company for me. I loved the attitude of all the staff there; everyone was genuinely enjoying their work and happy to be in the office. There was also quite obviously a lot of integrity within the company and its employees which was not the impression I got with a lot of other companies I interviewed for! I knew that working at ENG I would be supported and encouraged to progress, whilst genuinely able to be successful if I worked hard.

How did you get started in this industry?

Luck. I knew a lot of people working within recruitment and even though they all told me that what they did was hard, I thought… I can do that! They were right; it is hard, but also hugely rewarding. I approached ENG's internal recruiter with my CV and met him the next day. The process was very quick and I started with HSE within the month.

What has been your highlight and greatest achievement so far?

I've had a few I am hugely proud of. Being voted Most Improved Employee 2011, Employee of the Year 2012 and being nominated again in 2013 (although narrowly missing out to a very deserving colleague) are definitely career highlights for me.

What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?

I would like to think I would be a famous rock star but probably not! I always quite fancied being a music or broadcast journalist though.

READ LESS

Copyright 2014 / Site map / Legals Web Design Sixth Story