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Getting to know…Poonam Thaker

07 May 15:00 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. This week we have our latest recruit, consultant Poonam, who joined Henry Nicholas after living in London for 10 years, to become a Bristolian and conquer new territory. 

After completing her MA in Marketing, Poonam chose to move into recruitment to put all her knowledge to the test and find the best marketing talent out there. Having both client side and agency side experience, Poonam brings eight years’ worth of recruitment experience, having recruited for  brands such as Royal Caribbean Cruises, Maplin, Mothercare, Hilton Hotels and the Casual Dining Group.

Poonam, welcome aboard! What does a typical day look like at Henry Nicholas?

Thank you! I was brought into Henry Nicholas to help build out a specific business unit and my day is split between contacting candidates and clients. In the morning, I spend time proactively looking for fresh talent across various channels, aiming to connect with 10 new A-star candidates across my regions every day. I’ll usually speak to clients in the afternoon, showcasing the benefits of my candidates, as well as sharing and learning essential market information and mapping.

What type of roles do you recruit for?

I’m looking for strong marketing candidates to fill roles across marketing, digital and eCommerce in the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire regions.

What makes a successful recruitment consultant?

In short, you have to build trust with both candidates and clients. This requires an honest and fresh approach in all communication. Tenacity, dedication and a real passion for helping people secure their ideal role also helps!

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

It depends on the region. Those who move outside of London are looking for a new challenge and may feel limited by their location, or feel they can’t get the same opportunities as they did in the City - that’s just not the case! I have some great clients who are looking for talent and who offer amazing career progression and development. As a result, there’s a lot of competition for great roles in key regions outside of London, and culture is a key selling point.

How about employers?

There are a lot of passive clients who may not be actively recruiting but they would for a first-class candidate. It’s my job to let them know which candidates are available and would be an excellent fit for their business.

How would you sum up the culture at Henry Nicholas from your experience so far?

It’s a great place to work for an experienced recruiter; you’re given the autonomy to work your market in your way. John is an amazing Managing Director and so approachable, and the whole team is willing to learn from my experience too. The office provides a really fun environment, and everyone is so friendly. Certainly not your typical recruiter.

If you’re looking for an exciting role in the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire regions, contact Poonam at Henry Nicholas today on 0117 317 8103.