A company that truly DOES give a damn: new opportunities and more

Life at Talent
Life at Talent
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

As someone who’s been in recruitment for 18 years, it’s safe to say I’ve had my fair share of experience. But, since joining Talent almost 4 years ago, I can honestly say I feel proud to work for a company that truly gives a damn about not just quality of service - but every single one of their staff.

Talent is a place that cares and lives up to its core values: strive for better, lead the way, and give a damn. No bulls#!t.

Breaking from the pack

One of the main reasons I joined Talent was the company’s ethics and emphasis on opportunity. I was originally brought in to lead the London side - on the broader digital side and, over the past two years, our Microsoft operation.

But when Covid hit, it put a real spanner in the works for us all. The sudden shift to remote working was a real challenge to begin with, especially with some staff on part-time furlough. We also had the hump of switching offices; we had somewhat of a makeshift office at the Globe Theatre for about a year, which didn’t necessarily tick all the boxes that a more permanent residence would.

However, despite these challenges, Talent continued to thrive and hire a bunch of standout people. The ultimate vision for our Microsoft operation was to take it global - but I began reflecting on how I’d best support the business. And the pandemic made me question how my core skills were going to fit into this new Microsoft movement…

A fresh start

I think we can all agree that, while Covid certainly brought serious obstacles, it also gave many people the space and free time to reevaluate and just “think”. I saw an opportunity for a fresh start and assessed what my true company impact would be toward our global Microsoft vision. Truthfully? I had great knowledge throughout core digital markets but my network was limited within Microsoft. Deep down I knew there would be someone else out there who could bring a new perspective to our global-scale goals.

But this didn’t mean my time at Talent was over - far from it! The beauty of working here is the support you get to play to your strengths and progress in ways that are right for you.

I took a step back and asked myself key questions that led me to the next stage of my Talent journey: “What are my best attributes?” and “how can I continue to grow Talent as a business, while also experiencing personal growth?”.

Discovering my new path

After liaising with the rest of our leadership team, my new role really started coming to life as Sales Operations Director. We saw this role as being hugely instrumental in enabling our sales function to be as efficient and successful as possible - while aligning all goals and helping equip our sales team with the tools they need to thrive and succeed.

While reevaluating my journey and truly delving into where my strengths lie, I realised one key thing: I thrive best when I’m the GLUE in bringing things together. I love discovering new ways to connect people with customers, creating solutions, and helping different functions work together within the staffing sector. This role 100% allows me to do all that. It’s a position I’m truly excited about and I feel really honoured to be the one to bring it to life (especially at a place as innovative as Talent).

Why Talent is different from the rest

Even though I knew continuing to lead our Microsoft division wasn’t entirely the right path for me anymore, I knew one thing for sure: I didn’t want to leave Talent. Remaining here was always a top priority for me, and I’m often asked “why? What makes Talent so different?”.

I think for me, it’s definitely our people. We truly live our company’s core values here and it shows. The fact we’ve continued to thrive as a business despite the challenges of Covid says it all - and our strong position allows us to keep progressing forward which is brilliant to see.

Everyone gets rewarded for what they do and we’re all on this journey together. It sounds very cliché but it’s so true. I want to be able to look back in 2-3 years time and think “wow, look what we’ve all achieved as one team”. And at Talent, I know it’ll happen.

But there’s still a lot more we need to do here. There’s always room for improvement and we recognise this as a business, which is a strength in itself. Recognising you’re “not where you want to be yet” (and being able to admit there’s still work to do) is the first step to growing and achieving truly great things.

Keen to start your own journey?

I’m often asked what my advice would be for newcomers to recruitment. It’s tough to pinpoint specific things, but there are a couple of key takeaways I’d encourage any budding recruiter to take note of.

Firstly, success in this industry often comes down to how much you genuinely want it. It’s important to remember that there is ALWAYS going to be someone out there who wants it more than you. There are no half measures when it comes to being a successful consultant, meaning it’s essential to put the groundwork in. Or, you’ll risk getting left behind and you’ll be unable to make a truly memorable name for yourself. So long as you’ve got the right attitude (and both your head and heart are in it), you’ll succeed.

However, the best piece of advice I was given when I first came into recruitment is: YOUR time is valuable. Imagine yourself as a senior consultant before you actually get there. Where do senior consultants spend most of their time? What do they do with their day? Try to emulate this in your own schedule, and be careful not to let people waste your time. This can be difficult as a newcomer, but it’s crucial not to forget YOUR value and what YOU can bring to the table - in addition to recognising the unquestionable importance of delivering the best possible service to your candidates and clients.

And finally, be a sponge! Absorb what’s around you, listen in, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. We were all junior consultants at one point, so you should always be able to access help and support when you need it - and I can guarantee you’ll receive what you need here at Talent, that’s for sure.

Looking to the future

Now I’m firmly in my new role, I can honestly say I feel truly invigorated for what the future holds. I’ve also been working very closely with Steve (our new Global Microsoft Director) in supporting his transition since joining Talent in January, and I can’t wait to see where he takes our vision for the brand. There are a lot of brilliant projects and innovative challenges ahead - the future is looking very bright!

But the real beauty of working at Talent is simple: the opportunities it provides. Staff are truly empowered and listened to, and everyone (no matter their position) is encouraged to grow and shape their careers to their strengths. I’m far from new to the business, yet I still feel just as supported as a newcomer. There’s more in my career I want to achieve - and I have no doubts I’ll get there here at Talent.

Melanie Maroun
Talent Acquisition Partner

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Mel is the person to speak to if you’re looking to explore opportunities with Talent. She looks after hiring for Team Talent and ensuring you have an awesome candidate experience with us.

If you’re interested in progressing your career with Talent, reach out to Mel here, or on LinkedIn – she’d love to hear from you.

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