1. How long have you worked with Charity People and what was your career to date before here?
I have been part of the Charity People family since 2016. Prior to joining I worked at Charity sector focused recruitment agency for two years. For around six years prior to then I worked in the NHS where I set up a Voluntary Services Department and launched a pilot for the Department of Health to help service users with mental health and learning disabilities secure work placements within the NHS, which is still a success to date. Following University, I was a classroom facilitator/ support staff at colleges and a community carer.
2. Why did you decide to join Charity People?
I had heard lots of great things about working at Charity People, and an ex-colleague said I would love it, he wasn’t wrong! So I came for an interview and never looked back. Charity People really care about their staff, candidates and clients so that was the main attraction for me.
3. What do you feel you uniquely bring to your clients at Charity People?
I feel, and hope I reassure my clients that I am here to help find them a solution, and fast. I hope that I bring a sense of ease and trust. Recruiters can be viewed in a negative light, as being pushy and dishonest. I’m transparent and fair, advising on best steps and securing staff for their team with as little input form the client as possible so they have one less task on their to do list to worry about.
4. What advice would you give for people looking for a temporary/ contract job in the current market?
My advice is to be proactive by contacting recruiters directly who work on jobs that are suited to you, and build relationships with them, rather than spending hours online completing applications. Times and trends have changed, so you will have less success spending your time completing applications online and waiting to be contacted. So, reach out to our Temps Team and regularly keep in touch, with any updates/ changes in your situation.
5. Any top tips on being a temporary worker?
Be open minded, enthusiastic and motivated. Contact us with any changes in your work situation, your availability etc.
6. What issues are forefront of your mind right now?
The recruitment world is buoyant, there is a lot of movement in all areas. Everyone is super busy in their jobs. This means communication is key. Time is tight, so we must all be flexible in our approach and expectations to ensure we get the best outcomes for the candidates and the organisations we are recruiting for.