My Brilliant Recruitment Career – William Grimwade

What was your earliest dream job? I’ve always been really active and loved every sport growing up. At the age of 13 I wanted to be a professional rugby player. That dream nearly came true, but due to an injury I had to stop playing altogether and moved into the nutrition, strength and conditioning side of elite sports.

What was your first job in recruitment and how did you come into it? I started my first recruitment job with Michael Page in 2013 and I’m still here today.

What do you love most about your current role? There are several aspects of my role that I love. I look after temporary HR recruitment for the South of England and really love the buzz and fast-paced nature of working with contractors and interim I also love the moment you get to tell someone you have built a strong relationship they have a job or that someone has accepted a role with them. Above all else, the best thing has to be the people I work with.

What would you consider to be the most brilliant moment of your career? Over the last few months I have taken on a national project for a well-known facilities management company. We successfully resourced a team of 23 people in the space of 10 days to action a large-scale national HR change project. The project has been a complete success.

Do you prefer a staycation or holiday abroad? I am totally in the holiday abroad camp! I save my annual leave and have one big trip every year, somewhere new and exciting. This year, it’s going to be the West Coast of America.

Outside the office, what are your interests does your work affect them? I’m also a fire performer and have worked in TV and on a number of events while working at PageGroup. I’ve been doing it for years and really enjoy the creative aspects of performing. PageGroup encourages me to continue with my hobbies, while also helping me to develop my career internally.

What’s your top job to fill at the moment? I have been seeing a lot of companies reaching out for HR change management and HR project work roles over the last year or so.

Laugh or cry, what did your most memorable candidate make you want to do and why? Laugh. I have really good relationships with most of my candidates and so I spend most of my time genuinely having a laugh with them while trying to help their career. It’s always touching when candidates or clients write something nice or send a gift for helping them.

Make us an offer we can’t refuse… PageGroup is a great company to work for, with 87% of the directors having been promoted internally. In fact, chief executive Steve Ingham started out as a consultant and worked his way up to CEO, which is an inspiration for any recruitment consultant

William Grimwade is a senior consultant HR for PageGroup

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