We took a few minutes out to have a cuppa with Recruitment Partner Mel Hosegood this week to discover what makes her tick.
How did you get to where you are now?
I began my career wanting to be a journalist, so I worked in sales for magazines and newspapers as a way of getting experience in the industry. But, I fell in love with the advertising and account management side of things instead. Witnessing first-hand the transition from offline to digital environment and the growth in data, I saw the opportunities and moved to an agency, managing digital lead generation campaign accounts for businesses targeting the Public Sector. From there I moved into marketing recruitment and have been with the business since early 2016.
What attracted you to recruitment?
Definitely the people. I think what makes me good at my job is being a people person. I like people and talking to them and here I get both sides of the coin. I get to build client relationships that help them drive their businesses forward, yet also have the additional relationships with candidates.
Tell us something surprising about you
I am a huge Harry Potter fan and have been to Universal Studios Wizarding World of Magic as well as the Warner Bros Studio Tour and my friend is the sculptor who built Aragog the Aracomantula in the movies.
How does a typical day go for you?
No day is the same! I’m an early bird and am always up first thing in the morning to take my Fox Terrier Benji out for a good walk through the woods, which is a lovely start to my day.
I start work at 8.30am by going through my emails and spending the morning proactively sourcing and catching up with some candidates.
I’ll short list before lunch and then the afternoon is dedicated to networking with my clients, talent pooling for them and mapping the market. I’ll often attend a networking event to keep in touch with local businesses.
In the evening, I’m a bit of a foodie, so after taking Benji for another walk (he’s incredibly energetic and loves to run!) I’ll take some time out to cook a nice meal.
What are the biggest challenges you face in recruiting marketers?
In this job you must always expect the unexpected. Curve balls keep you on your toes, so that one of our key skills is flexibility to ensure our service levels are always top notch.
What are the highlights of your job?
Oh, easy! When you find that candidate and you know they are the one. That they will fit in perfectly with the company and that the role on offer is just what they’ve been looking for.
Also working with businesses to build teams, we end up becoming a true business partner. Seeing the people that I’ve placed progress, and take the business’ marketing to the next level is really satisfying.
What do you find candidates are looking for in their next role?
Primarily, candidates want to find a company where they have longevity and the opportunity for progression. They want to work their way up the ladder rather than switching from company to company.
What clients are looking for in their next hire?
Oh, analytical skills without a doubt. Digital Marketing has progressed a lot over the last few years. Historically everything had been outsourced and now more companies are seeing the benefits of bringing this inhouse.
Consequently, they are now using insight and analytics more intelligently and looking at the larger picture from all angles. They want people for whom this is a core skill set.
Promisingly, companies are also becoming more aware of technological developments and how they can be adopted by marketing for the future e.g. augmented reality for events. These skill sets will start to emerge over the next few years and those on the cutting edge will be right there.
Either / Or
- Tea or Coffee? Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon
- Cheese or Chocolate? Cheese!
- Snapchat or Twitter? Snapchat
- Good movie or a good book? Good book
- Hot or cold? Hot every time!
- Time of day? Twilight
- Cocktail? Kir Royal
- Way to stay fit? Pilates and walking the dog!
- Book? Harry Potter (of course!), The Dark Tower series by Steven King and Two Women by Martina Cole
- Thing to do on a Friday night? A nice meal and a glass of wine
- Holiday? Anywhere in Cornwall