Helping to enhance careers

Day in the life of our Senior Recruitment Consultant – Jas

We thought it would be a good idea to get to know who our Recruitment Consultants are, what was the decision maker in choosing this career path and to also be able to get to know them on a more personal level.

Our lovely Jas has been kind enough to sit down and answer a few questions… Grab a cuppa, sit back, take a breather and gain some insight into “the day in the life of Jas”

1. How did you make your decision about becoming a recruitment consultant?

To be completely honest, I fell into recruitment. I initially joined a recruitment agency nearly 5 years ago in a business administration apprenticeship, however, very quickly wanted to get involved with recruitment. Fortunately, I was given the opportunity of becoming a resourcer which was purely candidate led before progressing to a consultant.

2. What is a typical day in the office like for you?

Full of ups and downs. At the end of the day, we are working with humans who have extremely important decisions to make, whether it be a client or a construction professional looking to enhance their career. My days involve advertising, relationship building, business development to generate new opportunities and searches for construction professionals along with referencing.

3. What keeps you motivated on a daily basis?

A big part of recruitment for me is delivering results my clients and professionals expect. I constantly strive to set myself apart from competitors as a consultant. There is nothing more rewarding than receiving the recognition from clients and professionals, whether that be an email or gift, to know that my hard work is paying off in the industry speaks volumes for me. 

4. What do you love most about what you do?

I am guessing most people would think I would say the main thing I love is making money in recruitment. Recruiters unfortunately have a bad name in the industry and it’s happened many times before people get to know me that I am tarnished with the same brush. Believe it or not, I am not the biggest biller at Cityscape, I don’t take home excessive amounts of commission, I am purely focused on quality over quantity and genuinely enjoy assisting people into finding new opportunities.

The importance this has on an individual is far greater than the financial benefits for me personally. Once a construction professional is fully committed to the process, I go out of my way above and beyond to do whatever it takes to assist them. I strive on quality so my conversion rates are quite high, therefore the business flows naturally on the back of this.

A bit on the lighter side

1. What is life like outside of the office?

Honestly? Hectic! There is something always going on in the ‘crazy world of Jas’! But in life no one has an easy ride. I am a true believer of quotes and always pay attention to this one ‘be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about’.

Some of my time is spent looking after my dear mum who suffers from mental health illnesses. I enjoy spending time with my friends, obviously over a glass of Prosecco, going out and having fun and living life to the full. 

2. Do you have any hobbies?

I have recently started going back to the gym with a colleague here at Cityscape Recruitment. I used to be a right old gym bunny doing classes every night for several hours at a time, so I’m looking forward to getting back on the fitness train again.

I like socialising, whatever that is classed as nowadays – usually means a drink right?

Miss England Beauty Pageants

I also take part in the Miss England Beauty Pageant which involves raising money for the official charity ‘Beauty with a purpose’ raising money and participating in humanitarian projects across the world. I was fortunate enough to be a part of raising £15,000 taking part in a skydive.

Watford Mencap

I support Watford Mencap and have done for many years contributing to raising thousands of pounds for people with learning disabilities, their families and carers. One of the fundraising events being Rickmansworth Pancake Race where Cityscape Recruitment also take part in.

Advocate for Fostering

As a foster child, I am always keen to raise awareness of fostering. Most recently I wrote an article for The Fostering Network called ‘Fostering changed me’ to try and raise awareness, encourage people to foster and to show foster children that despite the stereotypes we can be successful individuals.

Bridal Modelling

For many years I have had the privilege of bridal modelling for Santy at Brides-2-Be which has always been great fun completing various catwalk shows and trunk shows to being the face of Watford Colosseums Wedding Magazine!

3. Where do you see yourself in 10years?

I take each day as it comes, I can’t plan what I’m having for lunch one day let alone my plans in 10 years. However, my ultimate goals include setting up my own recruitment business – don’t tell Nathan! To be honest I think at least this shows my passion is recruitment, I am in it for the long run and it shows I am very ambitious – who knows what might happen!?

4. You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why?

PINK! I have a very bright and bubbly personality (I think anyway). My world is also full of PINK, as is my flat.

5. What’s your favourite song?

To be honest, I like all types of music so I don’t have a favourite song or type, just anything I can dance my socks off to!

6. What were you like in high school?

If you want me to say naughty then that’s not the case! I wasn’t very good academically in school but I cracked on and did my best. Definitely more of a practical person, which is why I probably still haven’t passed my driving theory in nearly 3 years!

7. What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?

I absolutely love the soaps! If I start getting behind on the storylines for Eastenders, Coronation Street and Eastenders I start panicking!

8. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?

I am very good at keeping everyone entertained that this answer could take a while, however, most recently: to give you some context, we are having building work completed at the office for our new extension. A few days ago, I was checking myself out in a car window (not even the mirror) and didn’t realise our builder was sitting in the car until he wound the window down, whilst I was checking myself out and said ‘are you okay?’. I literally walked into the office bright red! 

9. How would your colleagues describe you in 3 words?

We are a great team here at Cityscape Recruitment, several members of the team have become close friends. I would say they would describe me as funny, loud, and crazy.

10. How would friends and family describe you in 3 words?

They would say I am caring, have a ‘heart of gold’ – although that’s 3 words in itself and mentally strong.

11. If you had to compare yourself to a celebrity, who would it be?

I struggled with this so decided to ask the girls, which obviously was always going to present some interesting answers.  They compared me to Gemma Collins (I’m guessing due to the personality) and to Nikki Graham from Big Brother!

Great answers Jas, thank you so much for taking the time for us all to have a bit of insight into who you are. Watch this space for our next “day in the life of”. Who will it be?