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A Day In The Life

Joanne's Day

I joined Demob Job back in 2008 and having initially been employed as a Recruitment Consultant I have progressed to become a Team Manager gaining the responsibility to manage four consultants.

Although each new day brings its own challenges and activities my starting routine is generally the same. Recruitment is a very focused and ‘high’ activity led career and therefore personal discipline and organisation are key to having a successful day, both for me and every member of my team. My day therefore starts with holding a team meeting at 8.35 am.

The purpose of this meeting is to focus everyone on the day’s activities and can include a multiple of subjects ranging from vacancies, candidates, sales campaigns and interviews. It is also a great opportunity to motivate the team and congratulate those who have successfully secured interviews, placements and new business. The meeting concludes with the kettle being boiled.

I am fortunate that all of my team are both experienced and reliable and therefore issues arising during the day are a rarity. This allows me to get on with what I enjoy doing most which is to fill vacancies and secure new business. I totally believe that by setting your own high standards you gain both respect and indirectly motivate those around you to achieve.

Lunch is at 12.00 pm and unless I have had time to prepare supplies during what normally is a hectic start to the day at home you will find me in Asda, just a short walk from our office door.

Home time is at 5.00 pm although on a Friday we finish at 4.00 pm, the hour makes a big difference. Prior to leaving the office I gather my thoughts and notes to prepare for the following morning’s team meeting.

Joanne Foster

Joanne Foster MIRP, Team Manager

Questions?

What did you do before recruitment?

I have had various careers, one of which was being a Brigadier’s PA, little did I know back then that working in a military environment would be of benefit today. Prior to joining Demob Job I worked as a Senior Sales Advisor in an Estate agency.

What single bit of advice would you give someone leaving the military?

I could give a great deal of advice so ignoring the ‘single’ part of the question I would advise you to ensure that your CV includes all contact details including address and also matches the position you are applying for and to always follow your application up.

What makes a good Recruitment Consultant?

You need to be organised, focused and highly motivated with the ability to work under pressure and towards targets. In recruitment, you can’t be scared of picking up the telephone as the majority of the working day is spent speaking with candidates and clients. Resilience is a key attribute to a good Recruitment Consultant as in this industry there are always a good few knock-backs.

What do you enjoy most about working at Demob Job?

I have always enjoyed working in a sales environment so securing new business is something I really enjoy. Working in a friendly environment is important to me and being surrounded by a great bunch of people with a good support network, makes coming to work each day enjoyable. On a lighter note I like to look after the ‘Comical Comms’ log book entering all ‘funnies’ that come off the shop floor, especially those from the MD.

What would you consider is the most proud thing you had achieved at Demob Job?

This one is easy; I brought in a new client and consequently placed over 20 ex-military job seekers with their company. I still continue to be their preferred source of recruitment.

What do you do in your spare time?

My family is most important to me, therefore the majority of my spare time is spent keeping my 18 year old son ‘on his toes’ and entertaining my ‘very demanding’ 10 year old daughter. I also have a very active black Labrador called “Ralph” and enjoy regular walks with him to the beach.

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