Matt has worked with Gibson Hollyhomes since March 2017 and manages the Professional Services desk, working with all of our clients outside of the legal sector to recruit their support and administrative staff.
Since graduating from UCLAN in 2014 with a Business and Politics degree, Matt has worked for a number of different companies before becoming a recruitment consultant. In his spare time Matt is either avidly following the football, relaxing with friends, or working on his house.
From your experience what factors/challenges do you think are affecting the recruitment market?
The market in Manchester has massively changed in the short period of time between when I joined Gibson Hollyhomes 18 months ago and now. It’s really made me realise that, in order to be a successful recruitment consultant at times like this, you need to step up to the plate, be resilient, and make yourself stand out to client and candidate alike.
How has Professional Service recruitment changed since you’ve worked within the sector?
The companies that are making strides in successfully recruiting the best staff are becoming more open when it comes to industry backgrounds. Clients are focusing on personality of a candidate and their ability to adapt to the role and culture, rather than whether or not they’ve come from a direct competitor. In my opinion, this is how companies will unearth gems of candidates that will go on to drive the business forward.
What values can you bring to clients and candidates alike?
For me, it’s a back to basics approach: be honest, be polite, and put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Clients need to move quickly and be prompt with feedback on CV’s and after interviews, whilst candidates need to commit to properly preparing for and attending interviews that have been arranged.
The job of a recruiter is to make both a client and candidates’ lives as easy as possible by finding the best match; organising everyone’s time; and making all the information transparent. To do this we need everyone involved to communicate with us about exactly where they’re up to.
If you didn’t work in recruitment, what would you be doing?
I’d probably find myself in some sort of consultative or sales role. I love working in a fast-paced business environment, juggling client requests as well as building new relationships. No wonder I’m going grey!