Recruiters change lives and transform businesses. But who changes their lives and transforms their businesses?
Recruiters and recruitment business leaders spend their time working in the best interests of their clients and candidates, but it's often at the expense of spending time on themselves.
Is it time to change that?
Do you have BHAGs that you need help to achieve? (BHAG = Big Hairy Audacious Goals!) Let's tackle them together.
If you are considering taking on a mentor (or coach) to help you in any of the following areas, let's talk about how we can make that happen. Different people need different solutions - on-site consultancy, face-to-face training, breakfast/coffee meetings, phone calls, skype calls, emails - we can explore the options to suit your needs.
Legal, Compliance and Processes - helping you navigate the ever-changing legislative landscape to both manage risk and gain competitive advantage through using your expertise as a sales tool
Sourcing more high quality candidates more cost effectively - understanding how to use proactive search, social media, offline networking and really effective advertising to increase your ability to fill every role you take and make more placements
Supporting your managers - in recruitment it is often the high performing consultants who get promoted to management; I can help them get their teams to perform AND keep billing - the ultimate balancing act
Bespoke training - if you need targeted training in particular areas - whether that's diversity & inclusion, telephone sales, building confidence, or anything else - talk to me about the outcomes you are looking to achieve and we can create something that works for you
Study coaching for professional qualifications (including the new REC/IRP Level 5)
Public speaking coaching - helping you to become a confident and engaging public speaker/presenter - taking away the fear
Mentoring - running a business can feel like a lonely place to be, but it doesn't have to be when you have a mentor alongside you on your journey
NED services - does your business need a Non-Executive Director on the Board "to provide a creative contribution to the board by providing objective criticism" (as the Institute of Directors defines the role)?
Some people need a bullish and challenging mentor to constantly push them to achieve, and that's fine, but if you prefer a collaborative and consultative approach where you have ownership of (and accountability for) your own success I'd be privileged to support you on your journey.
Sarah "H" Gordon
MA (Oxon), MCIPD (PG Dip HRM), Hon. FREC Professionals (Dip RP)
I suppose the most important bit from your perspective is my credentials. An Oxford Law Graduate and Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (through completion of my Post Graduate Diploma in HR Management), and in 2015 I was privileged to receive an Honorary Fellowship from the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (now REC Professionals) for my contribution to the industry (although I was already a Fellow through my Diploma in Recruitment Practice).
Academia and memberships aside, in terms of practical experience, I have: been a £¾m biller on a desk with no admin support; run a dual desk; managed staff from admin and trainee recruiter level to divisional managers; worked extensively with the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards and the EQuality Assured standard (including internal auditing and process design and management); run tenders for suppliers (such as CRM systems); written and won tenders for clients from a few thousand pounds to over £1m value (both private and public sector); and managed multiple social media channels and PR for an SME business. I have also Chaired the Recruitment & Employment Confederation's Diversity & Inclusion Forum from 2008 to 2015.
I guess you could say I've worn many hats.
What can I say? With nearly two decades' experience in recruitment, most recently as a director of a multi-site, multi-discipline SME recruitment business, I love recruitment! I'm proud to be part of an industry worth over £35.1bn annually, and I love working with people who share that excitement.
Whether it's a candidate in tears of joy accepting a dream job offer, a client heaving a sigh of relief when you fill a job in two weeks that they've been struggling with for months, seeing a rookie recruiter close their first deal, or creating a lightbulb moment with an experienced recruiter that takes them to the next level - what's not to like?! I even love the compliance and best practice parts of recruitment - done well, they can represent huge competitive advantage.
My mum was an English teacher, and I think there's something in my genes that gives me an enormous sense of satisfaction when I help other people to learn, develop and grow. (It also means I am an apostrophe and grammar nazi - sorry! On the flip side, I'm a great proofreader to have on side when you are checking new marketing materials.)
In addition to the work I do with recruitment businesses, I also deliver Level 3 and Level 5 leadership and management training, in-house recruitment training, time management training and diversity & inclusion training to non-recruitment companies.
My other passion is amateur dramatics - singing, acting, and generally showing off (no dancing, though - my sister got all the dancing genes!). I've been a member of Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association for 11 years (and served a year as VC Operatic, and a year as Chairman) and enjoyed performing in lots of plays, Old Time Music Halls, and musicals. More recently, I have also become a member of Mitre Players and Croydon Philharmonic Choir.
Enough about me... How can I help you?