Matthew has been with the group since day 1 and worked with our Birmingham branch (formerly Next Recruitment Limited) since 2010. Via Zoom, we caught up with Matthew to learn more about his journey, here is what he had to say:
How did your journey with Next Recruitment Limited begin?
I initially started working with Next on a temporary 3-month basis, carrying out a data-cleanse and making sure that all client and candidate data was up to date. Towards the end of my contract, I was asked if I would like to stay on and receive training to become a Recruitment Consultant, and I said “Yes!”.
For the first 6 months, I progressed to canvassing, and as someone that wasn’t used to making sales calls and lacked a little confidence, I started to see a positive change in myself, even outside of my work and began to really enjoy what I was doing. As I was progressing, I went on to carry out face-to-face interviews, inductions and on-site check-ins with candidates.
After a few more months, I was taking the reins on the Industrial side of the business!
How did you find the transition into the group?
It’s great that we are now part of The Recruitment Group, as we are able to reach out to businesses that would previously have been inaccessible to us. We have plenty of support from other branches if we need any help filling vacancies.
The transition itself, although there have been some changes, hasn’t really affected the way we work on a day-to-day basis. The senior management has let us continue doing what we love, exactly the way we do it! I have to give a lot of credit to Paul Hipkiss for that.
Everyone within the group has been really supportive and made sure that things have moved along smoothly as possible.
What do you enjoy the most about working with us?
Everyone has been really friendly and supportive, and all Senior Managers have made me feel as though I can always pick up the phone with them.
I also really enjoy working with my team; we’ve been working together for a long time, and feel very much like a family. The new additions to the team have slotted in perfectly. There are some really talented people within the business, and it’s nice to have such a great support bubble.
Does working with the group benefit you in any way?
Everyone is always open to working together, teamwork always makes things easier. Last year, another business in the group took on a huge contract that required high volumes of staff on a daily basis. By working together we made sure we achieved targets and supplied the client with exactly what they needed.
What does your average day look like?
My day often starts with waking up early, I like to check my emails first thing in the morning to make sure that there are no issues or to see if any of our early-staring candidates need any assistance.
When I arrive at the office, I check my answering machine and make calls to Supervisors to check in with them, making sure that everything is going smoothly and if they have any queries.
The rest of my day will then consist of making sales calls and carrying our face-to-face interviews (Covid permitting!), I consider myself old-fashioned about this, but I much prefer it this way, as it allows me to get to know my candidates much better and understand their needs. Once the interviews are over, I then spend the rest of my day filling our current vacancies.
As a Senior Recruitment Consultant, what do you find most challenging about your role?
Over the past year, having gone through a global pandemic, it has been a priority to keep our workers safe. However, some of our workers have previously had to self-isolate and some have tested positive for Covid-19, meaning that they have been unable to work due to this. This has made some days challenging, but I like to think that we’ve been effective in dealing with this.
And what would you say the most satisfying thing about your role is?
I really enjoy getting people through the door and into a new job, having taken the time to build a positive relationship and gained an understanding of what they are looking for. It’s important to me that our candidates feel valued and supported.
We also have candidates that return to us after a few years of starting their initial job, and it’s great to see them come back and want our help after such a long period of time.
How would you describe us to someone that was interested in working with the group?
The managers are very driven and have a clear vision for the business, that’s something that we are all on board with. The next few years will be really exciting. In my opinion, it’s a great time to join us!