Elton Recruitment is celebrating 2 years of being in business this month. The company continues to go from strength to strength, successfully placing candidates in facilities, office support and hospitality as well as other specialist roles required by clients.
In our first blog, we took the opportunity to talk to Richard Owen who founded the company. To celebrate the anniversary, he has recently re-vamped the website and we wanted to find out more about him and his business learnings.
What has been your most interesting role to date and why?
It’s one of the reasons I love recruitment; no role is exactly the same. One of my most interesting roles was a role for Head of Letting. The role was to head up a sales team of an exclusive luxury residential complex in London. This is an area that I hadn’t had previously recruited for, however I was successful placing it due to my relationship with the client on other roles. I enjoyed the challenge of working in a different field of expertise.
What would be your dream job to place?
All the roles I work on are exciting to me, whether it’s for one of my clients who specialise in engineering, or for one our charity/education clients. There are too many to pick from, but probably it would be something in the service sector which was my background before I started in recruitment.
Who would be your dream client and why?
I am pleased to say that most of my clients are a dream to work with. I think it’s because we have developed a good relationship, most are open-minded and are happy to see candidates that perhaps don’t tick all the boxes. They trust me to propose people who I know would be worth interviewing for the role as they could potentially be an asset to their company.
What has been your biggest learning in the last 2 years?
As a business owner I have had to learn to adapt to the candidate market, particularly with the uncertainty of Brexit. As we have moved closer to the Brexit deadline, I have found that candidates have become more hesitant to leave their current roles due to uncertainty in the market.
What advice would you give to candidates going to interview?
It’s so important that you do your research about the company. There is nothing worse than when a candidate walks into interview and hasn’t spent time researching the company or understanding their values check. In fact, our next blog will be all about Interview tips so I will keep some of these close to my chest for now!
What work tool could you not do without?
In the recruitment world LinkedIn is a recruiter’s bible.
What is your favourite thing about running your own business?
My favourite thing is placing candidate when a client comes to me with the tricky role. It gives me a real buzz to be able to find that perfect person they have been looking for that fits their culture and brand. I also love having flexible working hours.
All work and no play. In this age of work-life balance, how to you wind down?
I am into fitness, this helps me clear my mind and keep a positive mindset. I am lucky to be able to go for a short 30-45 min run during the work day. I enjoy an early 6:45 am spinning class 1-2 days a week before hitting the office.
What is the next item on your bucket list?
I would love to climb Mount Kilimanjaro at some point in the next ten years. I also like to mix my own music so would love a part-time DJ gig – probably just for friends and family though!
How are you going to celebrate your business birthday?
As well as launching our new website, we will also be launching our blog with monthly articles covering tips and tricks and the latest trends in recruitment. We might manage to squeeze in time for some cake too, perhaps carrot or a classic Victoria sponge.