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Michael's Blog - Life as a Recruitment Consultant at Nigel Wright


In order to portray a real representation of the culture here at Nigel Wright, we asked some of our Recruitment Consultants to answer a series of questions about their careers and about working at Nigel Wright. Our Senior Recruitment Consultant Michael Dawson shares what a typical day looks like for him as well as what he is currently working on. He also shares how he balances his career with life away from work as well as his hopes for the future of the recruitment industry.

What does a typical day look like for you and what are you currently working on?

I guess it’s quite difficult to describe a typical day, as often there are sudden changes to active assignments, processes and situations that mean your day plan can be out the window by 10am! If things do go to plan; my typical day tries to strike a balance between managing existing and upcoming assignments which will involve contacting clients and candidates, old and new. This can range from direct calls, research, social networking and writing marketing content which goes out to my network and advertising. I’m currently working on seven active assignments, so the balance of my day is swung in the favour of candidate conversations and managing active assignments. These roles include DevOps, System Analysts, First Line Support, Third Line Infrastructure Engineering and both Network and Cyber Security. Due to the lack of overlap, a lot of time goes into reaching each specialism.

How do you balance your career at Nigel Wright with life away from work?

The flexible working and varying patterns of the job help you to find a balance, especially with the challenging demands of the role. During the very busy periods you really do have to put the long days and nights in; but when the good work is done you can even things out with some earlier finishes. I’ve got back into doing a lot of mountain biking and having that to focus on has also helped balance out my career with a renewed focus on exercise. Having done my first race this year it’s helped having some personal goals to push towards as well as professional ones. I do a lot of gaming, travelling and keeping up with the F1 too, which will usually involve one trip a year to Europe.

What are your hopes for the recruitment industry?

I think technology has already made great strides in facilitating the quality of process in the recruitment industry. Automation, processing of CVs, social media enhancements, electronic interviewing / auditioning tools and digital skill recognition (and certification!) just to name a few. These things make a lot of our lives easier, both for the recruiter and the client by improving the quality of the process for those involved.

What I hope for however is that our customers don’t lose sight of the human side and continue to recognise the difference that the recruitment industry makes to employment. I don’t think I’d enjoy being exposed to or recruited by a fully automated technology process requiring next to no human interaction. I think most, if not all hiring managers use gut-instinct on the human connection when it comes to making a hiring decision. Not many have sat there and had to bring someone in despite feeling uncomfortable about it. There is no technological replacement for this instinct. The best recruiters I know are the ones who connect with people to go with that same thing and I don’t think there’s any technology - no CV, skill badge or video that could or should replace that.

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