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Its not what you do..But you might want to do it.

Posted by: Mark Jones 25 Apr 16 - 11:39AM  | Recruitment

We know that it can be a difficult decision to change your career direction.  For some of our staff that’s exactly what they did. 

Jon Bryan joined us as a Recruitment Consultant following a long career in manufacturing.  We asked Jon to tell us about his experiences coming into recruitment from the manufacturing industry, what he enjoys about his role and life at Jonathan Lee Recruitment.

What interested you in becoming a recruitment consultant?

Jonathan lee internal recruitmentAfter 25 years in manufacturing, I was starting to consider the direction of my career and as a previous candidate, when Jonathan Lee Recruitment approached me, asking if I’d thought about recruitment as a potential career path, I was immediately keen to find out more. After meeting with members of the team at Jonathan Lee, it became obvious to me that my experience in industry could be a real asset in recruitment, where I could use my knowledge to get buy-in from both clients & candidates alike.

What do you enjoy most about working in recruitment?

Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed my time in manufacturing I wanted to try something different. When I moved to Jonathan Lee, I thought I would miss the cut-and-thrust synonymous with manufacturing operations.  Actually I was surprised to find that the sense of urgency and energy required to be successful in my previous roles translate really well into recruitment where the daily demands of the role are varied and time critical. Working with a really focused team of individuals is really enjoyable. The automotive manufacturing team members are all very driven to succeed, but also very helpful and supportive when someone needs it.

What’s the number one thing you’ve learned while undertaking a career change to recruitment.

That planning is the key to success. Plan your day and week so you know what you want to achieve, be it how many submittals you are aiming for or what business development activities you wish to do - if you fail to plan, you plan to fail!

What kind of goals do you have for your career?

Having worked my way up from the shop-floor to management in my previous industry, I would like to move through the ranks within recruitment and reach the role of manager at some point. That said, I do enjoy the consultant role as its good to talk to both clients & candidates on a daily basis & match them together to get a placement.

What one thing would you tell yourself if you were just starting out?

There is no set plan to succeed. Everyone does recruitment slightly differently, so just go with what works for you and keep both your candidates and your clients happy. Having been a candidate many times in the past, I promised myself that I would always keep candidates informed be it either with positive or negative news, as I had been left waiting on many occasions and it’s not a nice feeling.

Would you recommend a career in recruitment to others?

Definitely. With the support of Jonathan Lee’s fantastic structured induction and training plan it’s helped me to understand the business, its heritage and values, the market and the best way to be successful in my first 9 months in recruitment.  I’m already seeing some great results and am motivated to continue!

You can be sure of a friendly working environment with the support of the entire team if you choose to join Jonathan Lee Recruitment. For a confidential conversation contact Tracy Page, HR Administrator on 01384 446161 or send your CV to

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