June 8, 2018 Written by: Michael Thomas

Tell us a little about yourself and your background in recruitment?

I graduated with a Business Management degree in 2006 and started thinking about my career options. I knew I wanted a career in a fast paced, lively and passionate environment and my friend suggested a graduate assessment day. From this, I was approached by a Graduate recruitment company and effectively, began my career then. Working with graduates was a great way of learning the basics of the job and developing my passion of the recruitment industry.

I then moved on to an Executive Search consultancy which enabled me to gain a deeper understanding of wider industries and candidates. I have also worked as an independent consultant and after 7 years of working like a nomad, it was time to make a change. I met the guys at TS Grale and the rest (as they say)…. is history!

What was your initial contact with TS Grale?

I was contacted by Jason and within the next few days, I’d met the other directors, the majority of the team and was on my way to finalising a role with them.

What were your first impressions?

I felt an immediate warmth with Jason and the way he spoke about TS Grale, I could see that they were an instant match for my immediate and future career plans.

When considering your next career move what were you looking for?

I was primarily looking for a move whereby I could visualise myself . I certainly didn’t want to make the mistake of making the “wrong move”, so this was my primarily consideration.

Why did you decide to join TS Grale?

I didn’t want to be just another cog in the machine. I wanted the opportunity to be part of something that was creative, unique and where I would have the autonomy to effectively create my own role. It is a really exciting time to be joining a rapidly growing business.

Did you have any reservations about joining and, if so, how did the Partners overcome them?

I suppose after working alone for the past 7 years, there was an element of how I would react to change and a completely new working environment. The directors certainly overcame this within my initial meeting with Jason, and thereafter with Mike and Paul. I felt the guys really invested their time into making sure they were the proper “fit” for me, and vice versa.

What is your initial remit for the business?

For me personally, I see my role as New Business led. I want to tackle new markets, expand my own knowledge in sectors and continue to develop candidate relationships. Following on from this, I am looking to recruit and manage my own recruitment team within the Engineering and Manufacturing sector.

How do you and TS Grale differentiate yourself from the other recruitment propositions out there?

TS Grale and I are very focussed on providing a genuine high standard assessment service across all levels which is, unfortunately, not a common theme across the recruitment market. We build relationships to last, as opposed to making one placement and moving on. My long-standing business relationships are those that I made over 10 years ago (showing my age slightly here!)

What does success look like for you in your career?

As any recruiter will tell you “you’re only as good as your last placement”. So first and foremost, consistency in the role is imperative for my own personal “success”. Doing the job to the best of my ability and ensuring I provide an excellent level of service for my clients. Furthermore, growing and developing as a consultant and in maximising my own potential (whichever way that takes me) is success.

How do you spend your time outside of the workplace?

I enjoy working out, perhaps not at the time but I like the feeling it gives you afterwards! Also, the coffee at my gym is amazing, so I have an added incentive to turn up. National Hunt horseracing I would have to say is my main hobby. I love nothing more than donning some tweed and enjoying a glass (or two) of fizz.

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