“I want to be known as the recruiter you can rely on to deliver.”
I had a few questions to ask Hannah Turner,principal actuarial consultant in London and she shared her proudest moments in her career, the challenges she’s faced and why she chose to work at Eames.
1. How did you get into recruitment? To be perfectly honest I fell into recruitment! I knew I wanted to be in a role where I could interact with people on a daily basis rather than being behind a screen 24/7. After having a few interviews and learning more about what recruitment actually was I thought it was worth giving it a go, and here I am almost 4 years later.
2. What is your advice for someone just getting into recruitment? Celebrate the small successes. Recruitment can be tough, especially at the beginning when you aren’t making placements instantly. Make sure you celebrate the small wins – whether that’s receiving a great CV, getting through to a candidate who never picks up the phone or an interview request. Trust the process and it will all fall into place.
3. What is it about recruitment that has kept you in the industry? The rewards, both financially and professionally! It is a great feeling when you do a good piece of recruitment for a client, build up the relationship to the point where they trust and value your opinion and then they keep coming back for repeated business.
4. What is the proudest moment in your career to date? When I was a Consultant I won a new client and then did four consecutive placements with them in around 6 months. It was great to be able to build out this client relationship – three years later and we still work closely together!
5. What's the biggest challenge you've faced in your career so far, and how have you overcome that? I think the biggest challenge I have had in my career to date would be moving to Eames! When you join a new team as a senior member there is a certain pressure you put on yourself to prove your worth as a recruiter, to the team and also to your new clients.
To overcome this I had to trust that the work I was doing would pay off, and it certainly did! If you put the hard work in, do what is best for your candidates and for your clients, then you get the results you want.
6. What is your number 1 secret to success? Keep in touch with your placed candidates. They may have hiring plans, have referrals of ex-colleagues/friends who want to leave their roles, and eventually, they may want to move again.
7. What's the best career advice you've ever been given? Ride the highs but also ride the lows. Recruitment can be very up and down, and it can be hard to not take things personally when it doesn’t go according to plan. It’s important to be able to stay motivated and driven on the lows as well.
8. What are you driven by, and how do you stay motivated? Reputation! I want to be known as the recruiter you can rely on to deliver. Whether that’s from a candidate perspective or a client perspective, I want people to be able to trust that I will get the job done.
9. How do you keep a work/life balance? The best way to keep a good work/life balance is to be able to rely on your team to look after your desk when you are on annual leave – this is something our team at Eames does really well!
10. Why Eames? The culture, the people and the reputation. I knew I wanted to be in a company that had a global reach and that was considered one of the best within the market.