My Brilliant Recruitment Career – June 2018
Published: 24 May 2018
What was your earliest dream job?
Actor. I went to drama school, and wanted to be a screen actor and make it in Hollywood. I love Los Angeles, and wanted the lifestyle.
What was your first job in recruitment, and how did you come into it?
I was a consultant at Vivid Resourcing. The girl I was dating at the time was a recruiter. She said I was a good communicator, and had the character to be a good recruiter and earn well. I definitely hadn’t made it in Hollywood, so I thought: why not?
Who is your role model – in life or in recruitment?
Floyd Mayweather – it’s controversial, but he has dominated his sport (boxing) and been the undisputed king for 21 years before retiring. Success comes in many shapes and forms for me, but his wealth, talent, hard work and dedicated approach to his craft and life are inspirational.
What do you love most about your current role?
Getting others to the next level, seeing them learn and achieve their goals.
After being in the industry for seven years, the coaching element of the job excites me. And that feeling I get when the office moves forward is priceless.
What would you consider to be the most brilliant moment of your career?
There have been several in seven years, but my best moment was one of the most recent, when I was promoted to associate director at Source Technology. Targets and expectations were high, but everything I said I would achieve I did. For me, it was a proud and career-defining moment.
What’s your top job to fill at the moment?
A client of mine in Switzerland is seeking multiple developers. It’s a great company and will be good for our business.
What is your signature dish?
I’m not a cook, but if you could make me a meal I’d ask for toad in the hole.
Laugh or cry, what did your most memorable candidate make you want to do and why?
I will never forget a candidate I placed years ago. He used to send me horrible emails on a daily basis. I was an inexperienced consultant back then, so I took it personally – mainly taking it out hard on the boxing bag that week.
What’s the best or worst interview question you’ve ever heard?
The best question was when someone I was interviewing said to me: “So what can you do for me?” I love the integrity.
What would you regard as your theme tune?
It’s got to be a Biggie Smalls tune. My theme tune is Juicy by The Notorious BIG. Just listen to the lyrics – some teachers at school, and a few previous colleagues, didn’t think I’d achieve anything.
Jack Marsh is associate director, Source Technology