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Getting to know...Emma Whitting

23 Oct 12:00 by Tony Allen

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Each month, we’ll be catching up with a member of our team to find out more about who they are and what they do at Henry Nicholas. We’re kicking things off with a chat with our superstar consultant Emma Whitting…

Emma, is there such a thing as a typical day at Henry Nicholas?

No! Every day is different. You could be working on a client brief, talking through roles with candidates, arranging interviews, and visiting clients all of the way through to managing job offers, which involves dealing with the associated paperwork and arranging start dates. You can try to plan your day but everything can change depending on the needs of our clients and candidates, so you’ve got to be ready to adapt, think on your feet and multitask.

What type of roles do you recruit for?

A lot of agency roles spanning comms, creative, PR and branding. I recruit a broad range of levels from junior account executives, to creative and development all of the way up to senior management and board level roles. I also recruit for in-house roles for well-known brands in retail, travel, finance and the not-for-profit sector, including everything from marketing managers to data and insight specialists.

What makes a successful recruitment consultant?

Excellent people skills are essential. You’ve got to be able to get stuck in from day one and start building relationships. At Henry Nicholas, consultants must have a genuine passion for our specialist sectors as we spend a lot of time immersing ourselves in our clients’ brands, culture and values in order to speak credibly about their business and roles to candidates.

What are today’s candidates looking for from an employer?

Salary remains an important factor, but progression is also key. Candidates are looking for evidence of long-term progression opportunities within ambitious companies that continue to grow. The right cultural fit is critical too; candidates want to know more about the team, their personalities, working style and social scene before they get put forward for a role.

How about employers?

There are skills shortages in certain sectors and therefore a much smaller candidate pool. As a result, retention of staff is crucial, with employers offering competitive salaries and extra benefits to entice the right talent.

How would you sum up the culture at Henry Nicholas?

We’re like a big family. We support one another, work hard and have fun. There’s a lot of trust put in each member of staff, so it doesn’t feel like there’s a hierarchy as all senior team members are hands-on and offer us help and support.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about a career in recruitment?

You’ve got to immerse yourself from day one. Get embedded in a specialist industry or sectors and learn as much as possible, so that you can become an authority for both clients and candidates. Recruiters have to be resilient too as things won’t always go your way, so the ability to overcome challenges and obstacles is essential. 

If you’re passionate about recruitment and want to join Emma on the Henry Nicholas team, send over your details today!