What was your last job before you became a recruitment consultant for Hays Senior Finance?
Well I joined Hays in October 2005, but prior to that I was working as a Finance Manager at Superdrug.
What made you decide to try recruitment as a career?
I enjoyed business support and commercial projects but did not enjoy financial accounting and the routine side of finance, so I decided on a career change into something more commercial and people orientated.
Did your perception of becoming a recruitment consultant match up to the reality?
No - it was actually much harder work than I anticipated!
What do you like the most about your role?
I most enjoy meeting clients and building relationships, finding the right jobs for my candidates and particularly the satisfaction of seeing someone who I have helped secure a job then go on to be promoted within their new company.
What are the biggest challenges you face as a recruiter?
Within this market, competition is fierce from smaller and larger recruitment agencies. Technology and social media are predicted to have an impact, but fortunately good candidates still like to talk to us about their careers and listen to the advice I can offer.
What value do you think Hays adds to the recruiting process for an employer?
The majority of consultants at Hays Senior Finance have been working in finance recruitment for several years and have strong knowledge for specific finance roles in companies both large and small, regionally and nationwide. In comparison to other agencies, we work closely with the different institutes and invest heavily in attracting accountants so that we can quickly offer a wide range of quality candidates. We also have robust pre-screening and qualification checks.
Why should a qualified accountant come to Hays for their next career move?
Recruitment offers accountants an alternative career choice where they can continue to use their finance knowledge in a commercial environment without the number-crunching!
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