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Sophie shares her tips and trick to thrive in recruitment


A big welcome to Marks Sattin - how have your first few months been and which market do you cover?

My first few months have been very busy, which is a good thing! I am responsible for sourcing finance professionals at the qualified level for permanent roles, with a special focus on retail and FMCG clients, which is a really attractive space to work in. I thought, when starting, that I would know everything about retail and FMCG clients but I’ve been surprised with how much I’ve learnt so far.

As we work off the 360 recruitment model, I have been dealing with both candidates and clients, which has been a great challenge for me. I’ve learnt so much in such a short space of time, which has boosted my confidence immensely. There have been times when I’ve felt stressed and overwhelmed, however making my first placement in my first three months made it all worth it. 

The beauty of the retail and FMCG market is that your candidates can easily become your clients. This makes building strong long term relationships easier, I have already built up a strong network in just a matter of months. I believe there is still plenty to learn and grow within my role, but I am happy with where I am now and look forward to progressing further.

What was your background prior to joining us and what prompted you to make the move into recruitment? 

This is actually my first job out of University. I have worked in a variety of customer service/sales roles whilst studying but recruitment is a new challenge for me. Recruitment is in my blood, my dad has worked in recruitment pretty much his whole life, so it’s an industry I’ve always seen from a distance but was never really sure I wanted to pursue.

In order to help me decide if recruitment was right for me I attended a Graduate Assessment Day at Marks Sattin which gave me a taste for what the 360 recruitment role could offer me. I really enjoyed meeting with the business and getting insight into the culture; luckily I was put through to the next level of interviews and secured a role that very same day!

What has been the highlight of working with us so far?

Going into a full 360 role straight away is one of my best highlights, it’s a great feeling to be able to build up my own desk and have that level of autonomy. The main highlight has been the people at Marks Sattin - everyone is up for a laugh, really welcoming and I can completely be myself. I never thought I’d like everyone I work with, especially my manager, and so I find myself extremely lucky.

A random fact about you?

I have been brought up in four different countries – Singapore, Hong Kong, UK, UAE.

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