How Leaving Nu Staff for 16 Years Put me in the Perfect Position to Help Grow the Company
When Lisa Redmore began a career in Industrial recruitment with Nu Staff, little did she know that 20 years later she’d have left the business and developed her skills to the point that she was able to re-join at a senior level, work to help Nu Staff begin a period of rapid growth and even win an award in the process.
Here our Business Development Director tells the story of her career to date and offers her pearls of wisdom for you if you’re just starting out on your career journey or you’re looking for a change.
How it all began
“My career started in manufacturing where I progressed into a manufacturing manager role. I had to recruit and train all my new employees and after gaining my D32 D33 Assessor Qualification I could take employees through their vocational certificate which I found rewarding. But I fancied a change, and in 1999 secured a new job as a training assessor with Nu Staff.
It was MD John Scriven who recognised that I possessed many transferable skills and he encouraged me to divert into industrial recruitment instead. I transferred to Nu Staff’s new office in Cwmbran where my role changed to a recruitment consultant for the new region. And that’s how my recruitment career began.
I immediately loved the job: finding new career opportunities for candidates of varied skill levels and meeting new potential clients, understanding the nature of their business and working with them to successfully fill their vacancies.
A global opportunity
“Thanks to the skills I’d gained through Nu Staff, in 2002 I had the opportunity to move on to work for a global recruitment company and then an executive search recruitment company. During this time I developed my skills working with national companies across every sector, progressing through the ranks from consultant to recruitment manager and then regional manager and broadening my knowledge within the aerospace and defence arena.
I was also given the chance to attend commercial sales courses to develop my natural business development skills.
“It was last year, in 2018, when the opportunity arose for me to return to Nu Staff, this time in a more senior capacity taking responsibility for operations and sharing the skills I’d acquired during my time away.
My role is very different from the one I left all those years ago, I am now much more focussed on the operational and business development side of things. My objective is to train all staff up to senior consultant level and grow the business in Mid Glamorgan, Gloucester, Cheltenham and the South West as a start, and then nationally. So it’s a pretty exciting role!
It’s such a huge privilege to be able to return to the company that got me started in this industry and help it grow stronger and move further afield. I love mentoring and coaching team members and I still get a buzz from going after those sales and finding ways to offer a service that excites clients so they want to work with us.
“I love the job I do; every day is still a learning day and coming back to Nu Staff really did feel like coming home. And to top it all off I was recently nominated for and won an award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year – a huge honour.”
My advice for job searchers
“Don’t limit yourself only to job opportunities that are in the field you’re in at the moment. Look around at everything that is available and consider whether you have transferable skills that you might be able to apply to the role. Speaking to a recruitment consultant can help with this process if you’re struggling to work out whether you’re the right fit for a job. They might even be able to suggest something perfect that you hadn’t even thought of.
When you’re considering applying for a new role, the first thing you should do is research the company you’re applying to and sector you’re looking to work in. Interviewers will want to see that you have a genuine interest in the job and industry you want to work in. And once you know which role you’d like to apply for, you should make sure you prepare a CV and evidence your competencies for that specific role. Don’t be tempted to use a generic CV as it may not spell out clearly enough how your skills fit with those required for the job.
What I’ve learned most from my career to date is that you really should take every opportunity – you never know where it might lead.
Nu Staff has been established for over 25 years offering a wealth of experience working across many industry sectors. Our consultants are all trained to resource candidates based on the clients’ specifications and conduct a thorough registration and interview process. This means we’ll never waste your time with candidates who don’t have the right skills for the job or who we feel aren’t the right fit for your company. And best of all we take steps to make sure we are cost competitive without compromising on service.
If you would like to talk to Nu Staff about filling a vacancy in your organisation drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get right back to you.