CELEBRATING 10 YEARS CREATING EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCES
To celebrate Stanton House’s ten-year anniversary we have profiled the unique journeys of some of our employees. Every one of their personal successes is an accomplishment for our whole business and we want to celebrate these. The My Stanton House Story blog series looks at what they’ve learned, why they love what they do and how they have progressed their careers.
FROM GRADUATE TO PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT WITHIN TWO YEARS
Choosing the world of recruitment & Stanton House
I joined Stanton House in 2018 as an Associate Consultant, straight after graduating from the University of Sheffield, with a bachelor's degree in Business Management. I knew I wanted to pursue a career in recruitment as I was keen to have the scope for personal development and opportunity to progress quickly.
I interviewed with six recruitment companies over a three-day period and was lucky enough to have three offers. Stanton House was the clear choice for me. It may seem trivial, but as part of the interview process, they took me out socially to meet with some of the team, which made me feel incredibly welcomed and they were the only recruitment company to do this.
Learning my craft
I started with a focus on recruitment within Private Equity and this is where I learned recruitment best practice and the application of all my initial training. The training, learning and development at Stanton House is the main reason, I believe, I have been able to succeed and progress so quickly. There is a very clear induction program in place which quickly taught me all I needed to know to succeed initially as a trainee Associate Consultant.
After eight months, I transitioned across to permanent Finance recruitment where I learnt about the challenges faced by leaders in Accounting and Finance and the intricacies of a whole new profession. After a while, I felt able to provide informed consultancy and expert guidance to customers and was given the opportunity to step up into the more senior role of Consultant.
This period was a steep learning curve for me, but also hugely enjoyable as I got to (and still do) speak to so many interesting people. It cemented why I love working in recruitment - supporting professionals to achieve their career aspirations and helping employers to find team members, that can truly add value, is hugely rewarding.
Progression to Principal Consultant
I was recently promoted to Principal Consultant and am one of the top billers in permanent recruitment across the business. It has not been without challenges or lessons learned along the way. The recruitment profession has many highs and lows and you can’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone or make mistakes. The key is to learn from those mistakes and to use the people around you for continuous feedback and self-development.
Permanent recruitment requires a huge amount of detail in order to match professionals to their ideal employer and role. Ensuring a perfect skills match and cultural fit - on both sides - takes understanding, patience and perseverance. You must leave no stone unturned!
I feel that the leadership team at Stanton House run the business in a democratic way and are always open to new ideas. I have always been given the opportunity to help shape new ways of working, share best practice and refine processes but above all else the training and development is second to none – it doesn’t stop when you become a top biller it just gets more focused and bespoke.
Learning & development never stops at Stanton House
I feel my ability to manage a process from start to finish has increased dramatically over the last six months due to the ongoing training, feedback and development I have received. This has covered everything from improving my negotiations skills, managing customer expectations and genuinely finding ways to help professionals and employers through these difficult times.
For example, I have contributed to some of our recent insight papers and career/hiring advice guides which (I hope) provide the guidance our customers need in this new era of work.
I have also been lucky enough to have a mentor in Henry Yeomans, our Vice President of our US Cyber Security business, to help guide and push me in the right direction. Our monthly discussions have been invaluable.
I feel that the increased responsibility the business has offered me, at each stage of progression, has enabled me to overcome any self-doubts and to become more confident in my own abilities.
The Learning & Development team constantly come up with new training sessions and ideas to help everyone in the business develop and progress – whatever level they are. In fact, i have just embarked upon a whole new Exceptional Performance Programme which is designed to fine tune my recruitment skills and capabilities even further.
This is exciting, as even after two years with the business, I feel that I am only at the tip of the iceberg of developing my knowledge, skills and expertise and very much look forward to more personal growth!
"It's been a pleasure working with Joanne and I would highly recommend Stanton House to others (and have done so!). Personal service and a demonstrated passion to support client and candidates throughout the process to ensure the best outcomes is, for me, a differentiating factor."