How did you get started?
After moving to the Netherlands, I was looking for a new opportunity and, with a background in horticulture, visited Lutgo Recruitment to see whether they could help me. They offered me a part-time role as an assistant and within a year asked me to become one of their recruitment consultants.
What does your typical day involve?
My work day is split between dealing with clients and candidates. I talk to clients looking for new personnel, create job advertisements, carry out selections from our own database, assess CVs, interview candidates, arrange interviews with clients and follow up interviews that have taken place. All of my vacancies are outside the Netherlands so communication is by telephone, Skype, email and occasional client and candidate visits.
What is the best part of your job?
Definitely the moment I find a good match between candidate and employer and both agree with me. I really enjoy the buzz of interviews and seeing a good relationship being established between candidate and employer. The best part of all is when an agreement is reached and both parties are excited about the prospective employee starting work.
And the worst?
Because we are dealing with people and a significant part of their lives, we have to cope with situations outside of our control such as people changing their minds or choosing other opportunities. Working with international candidates and vacancies is even more challenging because the needs and wants of a candidate's family also need to be considered.
How do you wind down after a hard day?
Walk the dog and then pick up my children from school and listen to how their day went - it puts everything else into perspective.
What are your plans for the future?
To grow the business and become the first contact for clients and candidates looking for horticultural personnel.