I am a 'baby-boomer', with a few good year's experience in the recruitment industry and I'm passionate about helping people find their career of choice. Nowadays, there are many more opportunities for everyone to do what they want to do and not work in a job for the job's sake.
I was introduced to the recruitment industry when it was in its infancy. Like many others at the time, I went to an agency for them to find me a job. I was lucky, my face fitted and they offered me the opportunity to train with them as a recruitment consultant.
Fast-forward 30+ years and I've experienced ‘ups and downs’ like anyone else. I've worked for corporates, I've worked for myself, I've experienced recessions and the following ‘booms’.
I have been an independent consultant now for over 15 years having experienced redundancy during an industry downturn. Obviously this was not planned and it came at a particularly bad time but when is the timing right for redundancy? Overall, I did look upon it as an opportunity rather than a threat but I remember all too well that there were some really difficult days. Getting the mind and body back into gear isn’t easy and if you are in a similar situation - I know how you feel!
I saw on many occasions, that candidates often struggled at interview. The perception is more likely to be worse than the reality, and I love to play my part in demystifying the various interview situations that can occur.
The psychology behind career satisfaction and how we are motivated to do our best fascinates me, so I have accreditations in the (CEB) Saville & Holdsworth Ability Testing and OPQ Psychometric /Personality Profiling and Strengthscope™ assessment tools.