Tell us a little about you
I live on the North Coast of Northern Ireland, in a small town – Ballymoney! At home, we have an array of animals, from little lambs to not-so-little horses, and plenty of dogs and cats in between. I am a huge showjumping enthusiast, and if I’m not competing on the weekends, you can usually still find me between the ears of my horse somehow, whether it’s on the beach or out for a nice early morning hack!
Where did your career start and how did it evolve to where you are now?
Following the completion of my horticulture degree from Greenmount College, I worked for a garden centre and floral wholesaler in a few different roles, with the last being a Field Sales Representative to florists. This is what sparked my love for sales, which then led me to work with an Insurance broker for 3 years.
As it tends to happen, I stumbled into recruitment as the advert being within the Veterinary industry drew me in straight away. I worked for 3 and a half years recruiting Vets into their dream roles in the UK and Ireland – but predominantly in Australia and New Zealand. I knew I wanted to stay within the Animal Health and recruitment industries – so I spoke with Tony regarding a role with Noble Futures, and I haven’t looked back since!
What do you enjoy about recruitment?
I love it when I find candidates for their dream roles, working with them throughout the full process and keeping in touch with them to hear how they are enjoying it.
I also love building long-lasting relationships with our clients and getting to know exactly what kind of person will be the right fit for their team.
What do you enjoy about working in the animal-related industries?
Having been brought up in a farming and horsey background, I love speaking with like-minded people who are passionate about animals. There are so many different areas to the industry, I love learning something new every day and expanding my knowledge as best I can to help both my candidates and clients to the best of my ability.
What do you look for in a candidate?
I love when I speak with a candidate, and they know exactly what they are looking for in their career, and are driven to get there. It’s great to speak with candidates who are passionate and enthusiastic about their job, and genuinely want to do the best for their company.
What is the one thing you think every CV should have?
Some input of your personality. A CV full of your career achievements and experience is great, but I enjoy reading what you like to do outside of work and your aspirations for the future.
What is your top career advice?
There is no right path to take for your career, and you may take some wrong turns along the way – it’s all part of getting to where you want to be. Make sure you know what is important to you in your career whether this is a huge focus on work/life balance, progression opportunities or perhaps money – take the role that’s right for you!