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Life at Hays

Life at Hays

Hays operates a high performance environment and our internal company culture is fast-paced and constantly evolving. We describe our culture as a meritocracy; a culture that promotes and rewards based on the merit of your personal performance, because you are our greatest asset.

 

We hire based on potential, we train skill. Potential is displayed through our brand values –  These are the attitudes, skills and qualities we look for in our people. The same  qualities that make us successful as individuals and as a leading team in the world of work:


Inquisitive

Excelling in recruitment is all about being curious about people and about the worlds in which they work.

Ambitious

We are a results-orientated business, which means we're incredibly driven. We have energy and dynamism and we're ambitious for clients, candidates and our team.


Expert

As experts across 20 different industry sectors, we have a deep and broad understanding of our markets and the people within them. Everyone at Hays shares their knowledge with clients and candidates across our expanding network.


Passionate about people

Recruitment is a people business and we put the creation of valuable, lasting relationships at the top of our priorities. We want to help people fulfil their potential and be all that they can be.

Meet our people

#YourHaysStory

Our greatest asset is our people and the careers of our employees are our priority. Everyone at Hays has their own story of their journey since joining our teams.

 

Find out more about our people and their Hays story.

Graeme McCormick

Manager

Hollie Wildman

Senior Manager

Naeem Derry

Associate Recruitment Consultant

Despina Solomou

Manager

LAURIE NICHOLSON

Consultant

HOLLIE EVANS

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Maruf Ibrahim

Principal Consultant

GAELLE BLAKE

Director

JOSH WILSON

Placement Student

SAPNA BHATIA

Recruitment Consultant

Imtiaz Khandokar

Principal Consultant

Claire Birss

Senior Recruitment Consultant

George England

Principal Consultant

Roop Bhumbra

Director

Despina Solomou

Manager

I am a senior consultant managing a team of 5 finance consultants.

I completed a BSc in Psychology at Brunel University and I wanted to secure a role where I was interacting with different types of people on a daily basis. A month after graduating I interviewed with the Hays Finance team and secured a role recruiting for credit control roles within Media and Leisure industries.

Only 3 years later and I am managing a team of 5 consultants whose success I am responsible for.

I believe that you get out what you put in to the role. It’s a career where hard work is really important but well recognised. A positive attitude and taking every opportunity that is offered to you has also helped me get to where I am.



"The culture at Hays is fantastic. There's a lot of energy in the office. There's lots going on, from the moment you walk in it's non-stop."

Maruf Ibrahim

Principal Consultant

I joined the Accountancy and Finance division of Hays with a degree in Business Management from Kingston University and a year of previous sales experience. I wanted to secure a role where I was interacting with different types of people on a daily basis and would have the opportunity to progress and develop.

From my time as an Associate Consultant through to now, I have always been supported and mentored by senior members of the team, many of which are now good friends, and world-class training. Couple this with a lot of hard work and endless amounts of determination, I am constantly able to reach my set targets – which, with the help of Hays’ generous commission scheme and knowing I am actively making a difference to someone’s career, makes all the effort worthwhile.

I’ve worked for Hays now for three and a half years, I’ve had three promotions and helped to grow my team from 2 to 5 consultants – I’m excited to see what the future holds.



“No two days are the same in recruitment. This job is perfect if you love working with people and making a real impact on people’s lives. Hard work and integrity will get you far within this industry.”

Graeme McCormick

Manager

Upon graduating in 2013 I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I went travelling for 9 months and when I returned a friend of mine that worked for Hays suggested I consider a career in recruitment. The brand values at Hays aligned closely with my personality – I am very inquisitive, ambitious and passionate about people.

I joined as an Associate Consultant and during my time with Hays so far, I have been lucky enough to have worked in 2 offices, starting in Edinburgh before moving across to Glasgow. After just six months in the role I was selected to head up our new Architecture business in Glasgow and today I am now a Manager in the Construction and Property division.

My Hays Story shows why this is such a great place to work - through hard work and dedication, you can go from being an Associate Consultant to a Manager within just 3 years. Hays develops talent and doesn’t just promote on length of service – this meritocratic culture can be seen right across the business.

Recruitment is challenging and it’s definitely not for everyone. The first year in particular is probably the toughest but you really do get back what you put in, the training is outstanding and I am proud to work for the UK and Ireland’s largest and most successful specialist recruitment business.



"Hays doesn’t just offer a job, it’s a career. I take inspiration from the fact that our UK MD himself was once a consultant just like me. The sky is the limit and I’m excited where my Hays career will take me next!"

Hollie Wildman

Senior Manager

Like many of my colleagues I had no prior recruitment experience before I joined Hays. However, I’ve always been a ‘people person’, and I knew I wanted to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment with high earning potential.

It was clear from my very first interview that the ‘work hard, play hard’ culture at Hays would be an excellent fit for me. A strong support network and an outstanding internal mentor helped me develop my skills and before long I was earning significantly more than I expected on a graduate scheme. Fast forward four years and today I am a manager heading up my own team.













Laurie Nicholson

Consultant

When I was approached in 2015 by a friend who was at the time working for Hays Financial Markets as an intern, I had no idea it would lead to my future career.

My friend knew I was looking for an internship at the time and felt that it was something I would be good at. He gave me a really positive view of the internship at Hays and was present at a careers open day along with a number of other interns. It was nice to hear directly from someone who was on the intern programme already, as I had looked at similar roles at a few large multinational businesses, but they didn’t seem to offer the autonomy I was seeking.

I read some online reviews and researched the Hays website which were both really helpful, and this combined with the enthusiasm of the interns convinced me to apply – successfully, I’m happy to say.



HOLLIE EVANS

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Upon graduating in 2016, I was drawn to the world of recruitment primarily because of the heavy focus on working with people. As a recruiting expert I get to work closely with clients to help grow their businesses and interact with candidates to find them the right role and transform their career. When I first started working in recruitment I had no previous experience but at Hays I received industry leading training that helped me become an expert as well as excellent support from fantastic colleagues and managers. As a result of working hard and applying myself I’ve enjoyed lots of career progression ( I was promoted twice within my first year and am now a Senior Consultant) and I know that there are opportunities to have my future promotions fast-tracked if I achieve results.









GAELLE BLAKE

Director

I’ve worked at Hays for almost twenty years but during that time I’ve had six different jobs with very diverse responsibilities. I began as a Recruitment Consultant, with no previous experience, and recruited in a number of different industries. I moved into people management and led a team, got promoted to Regional Manager, then Director, and I’ve now just become Director for Permanent Appointments across the UK&I.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have had this career path whilst working four days a week for the past decade. Hays is very supportive of working parents, and working flexibly has helped me personally and never hindered me professionally. One of the benefits of Hays is that if you work hard here you’ll be rewarded and achieve success.









JOSH WILSON

Placement Student

When it came to deciding where to spend my placement year, I knew I wanted to work in a company where I would have lots of customer interaction, be challenged and have my hard work rewarded. After interviewing with Hays, I knew that my internship wouldn’t be spent photocopying and making tea but that I’d be treated like every other employee with meaningful work, my own responsibilities and lots of learning opportunities. During my time at Hays I was kept constantly busy. I was working with candidates and clients, making sales calls to clients and looking after my own desk. I had a hugely supportive manager, really felt part of the team and thoroughly enjoyed my internship, which is why I’m returning to Hays once I graduate next year.











SAPNA BHATIA

Recruitment Consultant

Last year I joined Hays after graduating from university. I had never considered a career in recruitment before but after someone suggested it to me as something I’d be good at, and doing some research, I quickly realised that it was a dynamic industry that would offer unlimited earning potential and rapid career progression. I wanted to work for the market leader so I applied to Hays and was delighted to be accepted. A year into my recruitment career, and it’s safe to say I made the right decision.











Imtiaz Khandokar

Principal Consultant

I graduated from the University of the West of England (UWE) in 2015. I knew I wanted a career which would reward me for working hard, with a strong people-focus and one where I would be able to work closely with high-profile clients. After researching various career paths, in 2016 I decided to apply for an entry-level role as a recruiting expert at Hays.

Like any job, there were challenges in the beginning. Even picking up the phone and making my first calls to clients was intimidating. However, thanks to Hays’ world-class training, my confidence picked up very quickly. Fast-forward two years, and I have been promoted twice and am currently on a promotion plan for my third, which will be a management role.







CLAIRE BIRSS

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Having spent the past decade working in banking, I didn’t make the decision to reboot my career lightly. I knew my real strengths lay in sales and was frustrated that I couldn’t use this skill in my current role. After some careful consideration I decided to make the move into recruitment, and I’ve never looked back since.











Roop Bhumbra

Director

I began my career at Hays in 2000 as a Trainee Consultant. I had previously worked as a qualified teacher, heading up an economics faculty. After 5 years in the education sector, I decided that rather than teaching business and economics, I wanted to make my own mark in industry.

Before joining Hays, I had little knowledge of recruitment. However, I quickly realised the importance of the work we do. We work extremely hard to provide employers with great candidates who will make a real difference to an organisation, and help people find fulfilling and rewarding careers. Coming from a background in teaching, working for a progressive and ethical organisation and feeling like I am making a real difference to people’s lives, is incredibly important to me.

I would say that at Hays, we are all proud to #PressforProgress. For me, diversity and inclusion is not simply a ‘box-ticking’ exercise. It’s about ensuring that these values form an inherent part of our company-wide culture and how we operate as a business, which I feel has been evidenced by our recent NES accreditation.

Pressing for progress is the responsibility of individuals too and it is important to be proactive. Throughout my career, I’ve been able to #PressforProgress by putting myself forward for any and all opportunities with self-confidence, conviction and the knowledge that Hays would support me on my career journey.



NAEEM DERRY

Associate Recruitment Consultant

I joined Hays earlier this year as an Associate Recruitment Consultant after spending a decade working in a completely different profession and I’ve not looked back since. I’ve gone from running my own landscaping business to becoming a recruiting expert in Facilities Management and running my own desk at the most successful recruitment company in the UK.

I knew I wanted to move into a role which offered me the opportunity to work with people, where I could have a positive impact on people’s lives and where my earnings matched the amount of work that I put in to the job. I had friends who worked in recruitment, so I knew how rewarding the profession could be and after doing some more research, I realised that I would be a good fit because I am hard-working, ambitious and results-driven.

My Hays Story shows why this is such a great place to work - through hard work and dedication, you can go from being an Associate Consultant to a Manager within just 3 years. Hays develops talent and doesn’t just promote on length of service – this meritocratic culture can be seen right across the business.



George England

Principal Consultant

Before working at Hays I was a plumber and even though I enjoyed my job I really struggled to see a long-term future in it. I decided to change my career path and find a job where I could have a rewarding career and receive lots of personal and professional development. Upon doing my research it seemed that becoming a recruiting expert at Hays would give me all of that and it was really encouraging to see that it didn’t matter to Hays that I didn’t have a degree or previous sales experience.

My Hays story began in January 2016 when I joined the Bristol office and began working in the Construction and Property specialism on a Maintenance Trades desk. I was really pleased that Hays matched me to that team as it gave me an opportunity to use my industry knowledge and key contacts and meant that I could present as an expert from the beginning.

I knew straightaway that I made the right decision joining Hays. On my first day I was calling candidates and clients and was immediately given full responsibility over my own business. Getting stuck straight into the job helped build my confidence and made me feel like a valued member of the team. In my first month I was sent to London to complete four days of training with other Associates and, before I knew it, got my first promotion at nine months to become a Recruitment Consultant. I’ve just celebrated my second promotion to Senior Consultant and look forward to many more.

At Hays I’m surrounded by so many inspirational people who truly are the best at what they do and everyone is so supportive and eager to share their expertise with you. My manager is one of the highest billing consultants in the country and one of my colleagues recently got awarded Intern of the Year so it’s really motivating. It’s fantastic to work with such amazing people and it’s easy to see why Hays has won so many awards for its people and culture.



"I’m happy that I made the decision to start a career as a recruiting expert at Hays. I’ve enjoyed career progression and personal development from day one and I know that this will continue if I work hard and deliver results."

A day in the life

If you are excited by the fast-paced environment, variety and people focus that working in the world of recruitment can bring then search: Join Hays. Become part of the UK’s biggest specialist recruiter and a UK’s best place to work – Glassdoor & rate my placement, start #YourHaysStory.

Associate
  • 08:30am

    I get into the office early to plan my day and write my ‘to do’ list. I review the candidate applications I’ve received overnight from my job adverts and the proactive candidate marketing I sent out previously and call suitable people to assess them over the phone and book them in for an office interview.

  • I have a candidate interview booked in so head to reception. I will use my expert questioning skills to assess their technical skills and identify their aspirations so I can match them to the right role. The candidate is really strong and agrees to work with me exclusively so I can dedicate my time to getting them their ideal job.

    09:00am
  • 10:00am

    I come back to my desk and use my database to find the most relevant companies to call on behalf of my great candidate I just interviewed. I call them up speaking confidently and passionately about how this person will add value to their business. I am delighted when one of the companies tells me that they are recruiting right now and this candidate sounds like a good fit!

  • I arrange for the candidate to attend an interview with the client I just called and create the job vacancy on the system so my colleagues can refer other suitable candidates to me. I continue my business development calls – I have seen a job advert to follow up, I know a company in my area has just won a new project so will probably need to recruit soon and I want to call a client I placed a new candidate with to do aftercare.

    11:00am
  • 12:00pm

    I post my candidates profile on our website and send their CV to a number of relevant companies to try and get them some more options to consider. I post the new vacancy on the internet and run a search on my database to find more suitable people. I send the job profile to them via email before I grab a quick lunch.

  • I call my candidate from this morning to book them in for an interview with the company I called this morning. They are really happy with what I have done so far so when I ask if they know anyone else looking for work they give me the name of another great candidate.

    13:00pm
  • 14:00pm

    I have two references to take for some candidates that I have on interview at the moment so I make those calls. I make my aftercare calls to ensure that candidates I have placed are performing well.

  • I am off to a client meeting to try and win business from a new company that I rang last week. They have been working with another agency but they are not happy so I sell ‘Why Hays’ convincing them that I can provide a better service. They are convinced and give me a job vacancy to work on.

    15:00pm
  • 16:00pm

    I get back to the office and get sourcing candidates for the job vacancy from the new company. I find a number of relevant people on our database so call them straightaway to tell them about the role. I speak to another couple of candidates I have interviewed previously to see if they are interested or can give me referrals.

  • I call my clients to give them an update on what I have done for them today and then ring my candidates to do the same. I attend a team meeting to celebrate our success and start planning my ‘to do’ list for tomorrow.

    17:00pm
  • 18:00pm

    I make sure that my job adverts are all uploaded on the job boards, my candidate profiles have been posted and I have actioned my emails and any outstanding compliance. There’s a networking event to go to tonight – they happen every couple of months and they are great for growing my brand and building my reputation. It has been a busy day but I am excited by the prospect of meeting more candidates and clients.

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