Name: Andy Almond
University attended: Portsmouth University (Geography)
Started with SThree 4 years ago in 2001, he is currently completing management training.
Where I was
I attended a career workshop during my 3rd year at University, when it slowly dawned on me that a Geography related job wasn’t going to be my thing. (I couldn’t imagine myself with a beard, wearing corduroys and driving a sensible diesel car.)
I had always fancied some sort of sales and marketing job after my success in my part time role, demonstrating and selling power tools in a well known DIY store. So I applied to SThree and a number of testing interviews later, I was offered the opportunity to prove my ability as a resourcer.
Where I am now
On joining, I learned the skills needed for the role from the best people in our company, and after demonstrating my own ability, I was quickly promoted to a Recruitment Consultant where I was responsible for generating business and placing my own candidates. I am currently a Principal Consultant for our Manchester Office, having direct day to day mentoring responsibility for my own team of new high flyers.
The best thing about SThree is the fact that they have listened to my ideas to develop both my role and me, the company actively encourages entrepreneurial flare. I presented a business case to my directors about specialising in a new sector and with a lot of planning, enthusiasm and determination it was agreed, and off I went! In the second year of building my business, I achieved a turnover in excess of £2 million.
I had only been abroad once before joining SThree, now I have souvenirs from Marbella, Prague, Barcelona, Paris, Rome and Amsterdam after hitting my targets and attending the team incentive trips. I have also received over £4,000 in additional monthly cash incentives for being ‘Employee of the month’ and having a ‘Killer month’ (exceeding my targets). In addition to all this I have hit my 3rd car target and now drive a brand new BMW 330ci company car. The perks of SThree are endless for those who are hungry enough to take full advantage of them.
What I had to do to get there
Being an organically grown company, everybody understood my position when I started and subsequently gave me a lot of support. In my first 6 months in the office, I spent a lot of time listening to the people around me and learning everything about the recruitment cycle and the intricacies of selling tailored solutions to our clients. The formula to recruitment is pretty similar across most businesses, so I would say my success came from learning from my colleagues and applying what I learnt onto my own sales calls. I am a very structured person and have always structured my days very rigidly and this has helped me work to smart targets. I think the key to being a successful consultant in SThree is not to necessarily working long hours, but to apply a structured plan and work methodically through it, with the right level of urgency, motivation and resilience.