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Who are we?

James Andrews Recruitment Solutions is a specialist recruitment consultancy that is rapidly expanding across the UK. We work with some of the biggest brands and blue chip companies on the market today. We are an accredited Investors in People company and the way we develop our staff was praised in their independent report that stated, “Learning is an everyday activity at James Andrews”.

Who are you?

A career in recruitment is ideal for intelligent and sharp-minded individuals who have the ability to learn quickly and are keen to succeed in a fast paced environment. It’s an exciting and dynamic setting which means you will need to be mentally agile.  However, you will get support, training and encouragement from every member of the team from your first day and beyond.

What will you be doing?

You’ll be involved in the whole recruitment process – from sourcing candidates for clients’ roles, using numerous marketing methods, to offering ‘after-care’ services to those candidates once they’ve landed their perfect job.  You’ll get to develop relationships with prestigious clients and talented professionals, while working towards realistic targets.

Additional Benefits

Not only will you enjoy a very competitive base salary, personalised training programme, and a personal mentor, there will be numerous career opportunities open to you as we continue to expand, and of course an uncapped commission scheme that you will join from day one.  We also offer a range of additional benefits including:

  • Earn commission from day one
  • 23 days holiday (plus eight bank holidays), rising to 25 days (+8) after two years 
  • Free gym membership*
  • Flexible working incentive*
  • Vision Days with Directors
  • Black tie Christmas party with prizes including breaks away at Champneys Spas and Sonos sound systems
  • Annual summer seminar taking in locations such as Ascot and days out in London 
  • Monthly and quarterly prize incentives such as Amazon Echo, Google Home Mini, and other goods
  • Take advantage of our sabbatical policy – perfect for those wishing to travel the world safe in the knowledge that their job will be waiting for them upon their return*
  • Enhanced maternity leave policy*
  • *(Terms and conditions apply)

Our Current Office Locations

Address: 90-96 Clarendon Park Road
Clarendon Park
Leicester
LE2 3AE
Phone: 0116 268 5026
Email: leicester@jarsolutions.co.uk
Address: Studio 20, Block C
50-54 St Pauls Square
Birmingham
B31 QS
Phone: 0121 274 0187
Email: birmingham@jarsolutions.co.uk
Address: 7th Floor Queens House
55-56 Lincolns Inn
London
WC2A 3LJ
Phone: 0207 430 1284
Email: london@jarsolutions.co.uk

Where will I be working?

Having opened in August 2016, the London office is fast catching up with the other two and has the highest potential for growth.  We are keen to seek out high calibre graduates who can add to our success so far and spaces are available on our HR, IT, Finance, Housing and Property Management teams. The office, based in Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, comes complete with views of St Paul’s, the Gherkin and the Shard.  We put a lot of thought into choosing this location, opting for a place where our employees could truly experience the buzz and excitement of the city after work with plenty of nearby bars and restaurants to choose from.

Where will I be working?

Since 2009, we have outgrown three offices in Leicester – a sure sign of our success. In April 2018 we moved to our brand new headquarters, situated right in the heart of the thriving Clarendon Park/Queen’s Road area with space for over 40 staff members in a fully refurbished office. The building has a beautiful façade that is in keeping with the character of the rest of the properties in the area and actually used to be an old bank (the massive steel doors of the cash vault is still there and we have kept it as a feature of the office interior). The office also has a "chill zone" complete with TVs, sofas, teas and coffees, and a bar. A perfect place to start off our "Month End Friday" nights out.

Where will I be working?

Our Birmingham office, which opened in 2010, is set in picturesque St. Paul’s Square next to the historic Jewellery Quarter. In 2013 we moved to the top floor of our building after outgrowing the first premises. Now with space for over 40 employees we have become a major graduate recruiter in a very short time span. The office also benefits from a lovely view of the old courtyard and church below, making it a peaceful oasis in a busy and fast-paced city (and a quiet place to have your lunch on a sunny day!).

Investors in People

In June 2015, at our first attempt, we were awarded the “Investors in People” standard and it’s an accolade that we’re extremely proud of.

For our Consultants, we were able to demonstrate our dedication to our profession and our people, which means that we’ve been able to cultivate a work environment that takes employees’ wellbeing seriously, whilst also ensuring a high level of performance for our clients and candidates.

Following a reassessment in 2018, we were delighted to have this sought after accreditation upgraded to Silver following three years of continuous improvement and innovation.

The “Investors in People” award was created in-partnership with respected organisations with the goal of highlighting great performance.  This accolade means that James Andrews is accredited with being a successful business and a fantastic place to work.

An Unmatched Training Programme

From the very first day you join your training and continued personal development are our priorities, which is why we dedicate a budget of over £250,000 every year exclusively for training.

On day one you will be assigned a personal mentor who will not just be involved in your training but will be there for you as and when you need them in those all-important first few months.

Your personal mentor will be a vital part of training with James Andrews and will help you through the daunting first few months.  Working as a Recruitment Consultant takes a lot of effort, organisation and enthusiasm, but with a great training programme, a personal development plan and a mentor to help you, we can provide the tools you’ll need to become a truly great addition to James Andrews.

All training will be delivered by experienced Senior Consultants up to Director Level who have a wealth of experience and unprecedented success within the recruitment industry.  Once this thorough induction has been completed, and throughout your career, you will receive continual development, management training, and regular one-to-ones where your career development will be reviewed and encouraged.  All programmes are designed and coordinated by our specialist Training & Development Manager who has a decades’ worth of experience in the industry and will be responsible for your journey from your early days with the company right through to a Senior/Managing Consultant position and beyond.

New Consultants

The future of James Andrews is in the hands of our new Consultants. We place an enormous amount of time, effort, and expense in their development as we aim to grow our business organically and offer individuals career paths which will not be bettered anywhere else.

Zach Summerfield

Consultant - Housing

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University

Bristol UWE

Degree

Business Management

Date joined

November 2018

Where are you from originally?

London

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

Wanting to be around link-minded successful people in a fast paced and dynamic environment!

What first attracted you to James Andrews?

The welcoming, fun, ambitious company culture

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in London?

To grow personally and professionally alongside motivated people in the heart of London

Favourite thing about working here so far?

Being a part of the team-based environment

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

How fast the days go and how rewarding recruiting feels!

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?

Being thoroughly mentored and trained, as well as feeling like I can ask for help at any given time

 

Amy Mackley

Consultant - Housing & Property Management

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University

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Degree

Event Management

Date joined

October 2018

Where are you from originally?

I was born in Greece but grew up in Rhayader (a rural Welsh town that nobody has ever heard of!)

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

The progression and opportunity to work in a fast paced environment with like-minded people

What first attracted you to James Andrews?

The company culture and investment in their employees

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in Birmingham?

More career opportunities as it’s a bigger city than Cardiff and has a better social scene for the weekends!

Favourite thing about working here so far?

Everyone is so welcoming, friendly and reassuring as they all started in the same position as me

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

How much information there is to learn and take on board

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?

Training with different Consultants and listening in on the daily tasks as it’s such a diverse role

Fiona Williams

Resourcer - Human Resources

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University

University of Worcester

Degree

Business, Management and Human Resource Management

Date joined

October 2018

Where are you from originally?

Birmingham

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

I have always enjoyed a fast paced work environment and I am very money motivated. Recruitment is a way to pursue the financial and career progression goals I have for myself.

What first attracted you to James Andrews?

James Andrews stood out to me as an organisation that really invests in their employees and aids them in every step of the training journey. For me, this was a definite first attraction as I was apprehensive about starting a career that I knew nothing about and had no previous skills in.

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in Birmingham?

I have always been within the Birmingham area and known a lot about the city from going to school close to the city centre. Being relatively close to home it was a good location for me to apply for.

Favourite thing about working here so far?

That everyone has been so welcoming within the Birmingham office and have all really made me feel part of the team from the start.

What has surprised you most about being a Resourcer?

The amount of detail that goes into everything you do but how quickly you are able to pick it up.

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?

The detailed helpful approach with training and how there is so much to do in a day, you’re kept so busy that it goes really quickly.

Kimberley Leasure

Consultant - Property Management & Construction

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University

Greenwich University

Degree

BA Hons History

Date joined

October 2018

Where are you from originally?

Plymouth

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

I wanted a career in recruitment because of the career progression opportunities.

What first attracted you to James Andrews?

I was contacted originally by Lauren Hopkins who was so kind and friendly that it made JARS stand out and after my interviews with Jon and Sonny I knew this was a place where I wanted to work.

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in London?

I lived in London for University and always knew I was going to move back and after an injury whilst working abroad the timing seemed right to move back to London.

Favourite thing about working here so far?

My favourite thing about JARS is how friendly and supportive everyone has been to me already.

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

I am most surprised by the amount of multi-tasking involved but despite this the job has been really enjoyable and the days pass quickly.

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?

I have enjoyed experiencing my first week alongside the other office new starters, it is nice to have other people in the same boat.

Grace Webb

Consultant - Property Management & Construction

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University

University of Exeter

Degree

BA Politics/MRes Politics

Date joined

October 2018

Where are you from originally?

Canterbury, Kent

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

Learning new skills

What first attracted you to James Andrews?

The in-depth training and progression opportunities

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in London?

I feel like everyone should live in London at least once in their life!

Favourite thing about working here so far?

Getting to know everyone – especially the other newbies who are all wonderful

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

The warm atmosphere in the office despite how much work everyone is constantly doing

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?

Getting to speak to candidates and learning about their lives and values

Zoe Wherry

Consultant - Finance & Accountancy

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University
University College London & Newcastle University

Degree
Sc. Oncology & B.Sc. Cellular and Molecular Biology

Date joined
October 2018

Where are you from originally?
Cornwall

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?
Fast pace and high earning potential

What first attracted you to James Andrews?
Rapidly expanding company with organic growth plans

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in London?
I fell in love with London during my masters and didn’t want to leave.

Favourite thing about working here so far?
The team!

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?
How quickly the day goes!

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?
Speaking to lots of candidates!

Louis Van Der Lande

Consultant - Human Resources

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University

University of Newcastle

Degree

Politics

Date joined

October 2018

Where are you from originally?

Hampshire

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

I was drawn to recruitment due to the fast paced nature, how you can get a job on in the morning and the speed of sourcing candidates to fulfill the clients need

What first attracted you to James Andrews?

The friendliness of the team drew me to JARS

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in London?

London is great city for a recent graduate as there’s loads to do with great opportunities

Favourite thing about working here so far?

The pace of the training as you’re put on phones quickly and not left with just theory

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

The speed at which jobs come in and then are filled

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?

I’ve enjoyed getting to know the team but my favourite task so far has been calling up switch boards to chase undeliverables

Lianna Wood

Consultant - Housing

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University

Sheffield Hallam University

Degree

Business and Financial Management

Date joined

October 2018

Where are you from originally?

Leicester

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

As I have previous sales experience, I wanted to pursue a career that is fast paced and target driven where there are clear progression opportunities.

What first attracted you to James Andrews?

The silver award for Investors in People, this made James Andrews stand out from all other businesses, as they really do invest in training to enable new consultants to develop and progress to senior and management roles.

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in Leicester?

I worked in Sheffield for just under a year, but I have always wanted to move back to the city where I am from, which is Leicester, due to my close relationship with family and friends.

Favourite thing about working here so far?

The team; everyone is so welcoming and there is a great atmosphere in the office, it’s just great to be able to work with like-minded people.

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

There is so much to the role, as an outsider I didn’t realise the extent of what is required such as ensuring communication is constantly maintained with clients and candidates and the aftercare once a candidate has been recruited for a position.

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?

The training is structured and the way the training is implemented enables you to ‘listen’ and then ‘do’, so you are able to make notes and then actually perform the task – it provides an excellent way to learn.

Adam Hussain

Consultant - Finance & Accountancy

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University

City, University of London

Degree

Mathematics and Finance

Date joined

October 2018

Where are you from originally?

My parents are from Pakistan and India but I was born and bred in the UK!

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

The career progression involved in recruitment, as opposed to the slower progression in a traditional ‘corporate’ role, aligned with my aim to start my career with the scope to progress as and when I am ready. Also, the people-based nature of the role suited my personality.

What first attracted you to James Andrews?

The culture and the people that James Andrews attracts is really positive, and I felt that vibe from the moment I stepped into the office. The past achievements and vision for the future of the company to grow also attracted me.

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in London?

I felt that a graduate role was the natural progression after graduating in the summer.

Favourite thing about working here so far?

The level of support everyone has shown has been great, and learning about recruitment has been very interesting, especially as I have no prior experience in the industry.

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

How fast-paced the nature of the job can be.

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?

The people here have been so supportive in making me feel welcome and always answer my questions regardless of how many I have!

Samuel Birt

Consultant - Housing

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University

University of Leicester

Degree

Geography

Date joined

October 2018

Where are you from originally?

Norfolk

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

Having previously worked in a customer facing environment I knew I enjoyed working with people. I wanted to use this going forward in my career so recruitment jumped out at me.

What first attracted you to James Andrews?

Having applied for a few recruitment positions the team work and office ‘vibe’ at James Andrews was something that really stood out. Month ends and group commission seem to really create a fun but productive workforce. Throughout the interview process it was the most professional company I had conducted interviews with so the choice was easy when I had two offers on the table.

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in Leicester?

I did not want to move back to Norfolk, partly because of the lack of jobs on the market and also because I couldn’t face moving back in with my parents after having been so independent at University. I was renting with friends and had a part time job at Sainsbury’s but wanted to further my career and get into full time work.

Favourite thing about working here so far?

The office! Even when the work gets tough there is a sense that everyone is in it together and no task is too hard. This makes the learning process much easier.

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

The depth of work involved with the role. After reading through the basics in the manual it seems like every day another task, which I didn’t even think a recruitment consultant would be involved in, is added to the list of things to learn.

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?

Getting to grips with Profile has been really rewarding. It seems to be a programme where the more you use it the easier it will become but it has been nice to be introduced to one of the staples of the office.

Natasha Food

Consultant - Technology

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University

The University of Nottingham

Degree
Psychology

Date joined
November 2018

Where are you from originally?
Leicester

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?
Recruitment appealed to me as it is a fast paced and dynamic job. The sales aspect also attracted me as I thrive when working towards targets and goals. I felt that this would be the perfect challenge for me after finishing University.

What first attracted you to James Andrews?
The teamwork ethic initially attracted me to JARS. Everyone was extremely welcoming on my sample day and it was great to see how the teams support each other, something which makes starting a new job less daunting.

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in Leicester?
I grew up in Leicester and given that a lot of my friends stayed local to Nottingham after University it made sense to stay close by and keep in contact regularly.

Favourite thing about working here so far?
How supportive everyone is – no matter if a question feels silly everyone is willing to help. Everyone has also been in your shoes which is a nice reminder when you feel slightly overwhelmed.

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?
The amount there is to do in a day and the level of organisation it requires!

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?
Training with the other new starters in my office as we have been able to test each other and practice anything we don’t fully understand together. It has been nice to gain a support network so early on in training!

Andrea Ellinas

Consultant - Finance & Accountancy

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University

The University of Liverpool

Degree

Sociology and International Politics and Policy

Date joined

October 2018

Where are you from originally?

Birmingham (Redditch)

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

It was something new and interesting to try and challenge myself with.

What first attracted you to James Andrews?

The great office location and  friendly interface of the company.

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in Birmingham?

Birmingham is home and being in any other office would feel like cheating on Brum.

Favourite thing about working here so far?

The lively, fun office environment and training.

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

How intense and thorough the training is.

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?

Conducting telephone interviews and hearing what training is to come.

Jonathan Hutchinson

Consultant - Technology

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University

University of Leicester

Degree

Applied and Environmental Geology

Date joined

September 2018

Where are you from originally?

I’m originally from a small village called Toft Hill in County Durham.

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

I enjoy working in an environment with a blend of individual and team-focused efforts. Given James Andrews’ unique work structure, the progression from working in labs to a business office came surprisingly naturally. Some of my favourite times throughout my degree were communicating the results of my research at conferences and in presentations to audiences with a mix of abilities and subject understanding. Enjoying communication was a key factor in attracting me to recruitment.

What first attracted you to James Andrews?

I first heard of James Andrews when Charlie (a James Andrews consultant and former peer on my course) put out a post on social media advertising a position available at James Andrews’ Leicester office. Having discussed this with Charlie, the sample day cemented my interest and intent to join the James Andrews team.

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in Birmingham/London/Leicester?

I already knew a lot of people in Leicester from my time at University. I’m currently living with my girlfriend, who’s at the University of Leicester, so being based in the same area was highly desirable.

Favourite thing about working here so far?

My favourite thing about working here is the team. They make you feel more than welcome and are extremely patient during the training process.

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

The speed at which I’ve understood business concepts and terms has been quite surprising. This was something that I’ve never really been exposed to, coming from a science background. Also, the thrill of placing jobs is also something I did not expect to get so immediately either. However, it quickly becomes exciting.

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training

The team make day-to day work fun and exciting. Their patience is also greatly appreciated during training.

Roshanne Rid

Consultant - Property Management & Construction

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University

Loughborough University

Degree

Sociology undergraduate and Marketing masters

Date joined

October 2018

Where are you from originally?

Leicester

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

I heard about it from friend’s and it sounded challenging, which I thought was the next step in my career from University. Also, the targets and sales environment attracted me as well.

What attracted me to JARS?

JARS hire graduates; this attracted me because I liked the fact it gives us the opportunity to learn and develop the skills learnt from University. Plus, everyone is like-minded.

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in Leicester?

I lived here all my life and I really like the city. I didn’t want to move away; I didn’t even move away that far for University.

Favourite thing about working here so far?

Everyone is so friendly and is willing to help no matter what they are currently doing. The social aspect is great as well, everyone is like one big family.

What has surprised you most about being a recruitment consultant?

How quickly my day goes.

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?

Learning how to speak to people over the phone, being in control and utilising different word combinations, to get different responses from people you are speaking to; in particular when asking questions.

Nina Grewal

Consultant - Human Resources

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University

The University of East Anglia

Degree

English Literature with Creative Writing

Date joined

September 2018

Where are you from originally?

I am British-Asian, my grandparents all emigrated to the UK from Punjab, Northern India

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

Definitely the prospect of essentially being in control of the pace of my own career

What attracted you to James Andrews?

The office environment was the thing that attracted me most to James Andrews, it is the perfect mix of professional/warm and welcoming

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in London?

I sought out a graduate job in London because I love being in the city, and have always wanted to work here

Favourite thing for working here so far?

My favourite thing is liaising with clients and candidates over the phone, the social aspect is very engaging – plus the treat days aren’t so bad either!

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

What surprised me is how pastoral the role of a Recruitment Consultant is, there is a lot of candidate care involved with the role which I find very rewarding

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day - today work or training?

I really enjoy how the training doesn’t feel like an information overload even though there is still a lot to learn, the whole team has been very patient and knowledgeable

Win Banh

Consultant - Finance & Accountancy

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University

University of Bath

Degree

Psychology

Date joined

August 2018

Where are you from originally?

Birmingham

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

The progression opportunities and the ability to earn commission were the key factors that drew me into a career in recruitment

What attracted you to James Andrews?

The recruitment process was enjoyable, my sample day was really fun and I was able to get a good glimpse of what being a Recruitment Consultant at James Andrews would be like.

Why did you ultimately choose James Andrews?

I really liked the atmosphere at the Birmingham office because everyone is very friendly, plus it is also only a 15 minute walk from my house!

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in Birmingham?

As I am originally from Birmingham, I wanted to be nearer to my friends and family after being away at university for the last four years. I have also missed being in a big city and the Birmingham nightlife.

Favourite thing about working here so far?

The whole Birmingham team have been really welcoming and I really enjoy the social atmosphere within the office.

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

The constant work load associated with being a Recruitment Consultant has surprised me most but luckily the days do go quick!

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-today work or training?

I have enjoyed talking and interviewing candidates on the phone as well as learning more about the finance sector.

Ashlee Ricketts

Consultant - Housing

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University

University of Leicester

Degree

Law

Date joined

August 2018

Where are you from originally?

Wolverhampton

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

The fast-paced, competitive nature of recruitment is what drew me to this career.

What first attracted you to James Andrews?

The first thing that attracted me was the new website. The layout is clear and very informative. Also it was nice to read the profiles of all the consultants on the ‘meet the team’ section and then meet them all in real life.

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in Leicester?

I really enjoyed living in Leicester for University and I wanted to start working full-time here.

Favourite thing about working here so far?

Very friendly and helpful colleagues. I am always able to ask questions and everyone is always willing to help me.

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

The extensive training manual! It is very detailed but very helpful.

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?

The training has been very practical and I have been able to learn quickly and get involved in my team early, which is very enjoyable.

Georgia Whitmore

Consultant - Housing

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University

Durham

Degree

History

Date joined

August 2018

Where are you from originally?

Birmingham

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

I was attracted to recruitment initially for its earning potential and the potential to progress quickly in the career

What first attracted you to James Andrews?

I loved the fact that James Andrews is a company focused on hiring graduates- it was nice to know that everyone here had started in exactly the same position as me

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in Birmingham?

I’m from Birmingham originally so it was nice to come back home and start working here quickly after University!

Favourite thing about working here so far?

The people! It’s been great getting to know my team and the office over the last few weeks

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

Just how much information you have to know but also how quickly you can pick things up

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?

I’ve enjoyed getting stuck in, being busy and helping out my team as much as possible

Thomas Campbell

Consultant - Property Management & Construction

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University

University of Nottingham

Degree

Law with Spanish

Date joined

August 2018

Where are you from originally?

Leicester

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?

I started looking into recruitment in my final year of University after a friend recommended it to me. I liked the idea of having a job that is fast-paced in which I could challenge myself straight away. Interacting with people in a job was very important for me so recruitment seemed a great fit.

What first attracted you to James Andrews?

James Andrews stood out to me because of the training and support that they give to new consultants. The team structure they have in place was a big pull factor and also the possibility of progression is clear and this attracted me to the company.

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in Leicester?

I am originally from Leicester and have always enjoyed living here so I planned to move back here after University.

Favourite thing about working here so far?

Everyone has been really welcoming since I started here, I thought the questions I was asking in my first week may have seemed silly but my colleagues have been supportive and keen to help.

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?

Although everything seems alien at first the team environment in the office and the detailed training has helped me settle in really quickly.

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?

The way I have been welcomed into the team straight away; although I am new and still learning I have been able to contribute and be involved with everything the team does, it is a great way to learn quickly and adapt to the new challenge.

Laura McDonagh

Consultant - Housing & Property Management

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University
Cardiff University

Degree
English Literature

Date joined
May 2018

Where are you from originally?
Birmingham

What drew you towards a career in recruitment?
I was drawn to recruitment primarily because I am money motivated and I like to be in a fast paced, challenging role. I also enjoy engaging and interacting with people

What first attracted you to James Andrews?
The team based aspect of commission, and the fact that the company invests a lot of time and training in their employees, which is reflected in their Investors In People award

Why did you decide to seek a graduate role in Birmingham?
I love the buzz of Birmingham. The office is located in an excellent location where there are many places for social events. Also I was born here so I feel most at home in the Birmingham office

Favourite thing about working here so far?
My colleagues have been extremely welcoming and helpful during my transition into the team and office

What has surprised you most about being a Recruitment Consultant?
The sheer amount of things you have to manage at the same time and how quickly you get used to it

What have you enjoyed most so far about your day-to-day work or training?
Absorbing all the new and interesting information. Particularly the jobs meetings where we all re-group and discuss what needs to be done on each role. Also the growing bond with my Managing Consultant and the team

A Day in the Life of a New Consultant

7:00am

I’m either awake or I’ve been hitting snooze every 10 minutes since 6:30, either way I’ll get up soon, promise!

7:30am

Nutella on toast, shower, dressed, and out the door by 7:30.

I was never up and about this early at uni but I’m already buzzing for the day ahead.  One of my clients has promised me a call as he needs our help in sourcing a HR Manager.  I’ve been building a relationship with him for four months so it’s great to get this breakthrough at last!

8:30am

Since 8:00am we’ve been calling our candidates to wish them luck for their interviews or their first day in their new job.  It’s nice for them to hear a friendly voice first thing to calm their nerves.

We then have one of our team meetings at 8:30am to plan the day ahead, after which I settle down to a morning of business development and account management.

(Not forgetting the crucial morning drinks round!)

10:00am

It’s all hands to the pump!  My client called in as promised with the HR Manager vacancy and it’s an urgent temporary role to start on Monday.

We work as a team at James Andrews so I can lean on my colleagues as we contact all the available candidates in the area.  We are able to get four excellent CVs across to my client within a very short space of time.

12:30pm

Lunch time.  I’ve already become a creature of habit in my new job – sausage casserole from “Salvador Deli” pretty much every day!

After lunch I’m scheduled to complete some of my training with my line manager.  Our training is always followed up with a spot test later in the month to check that we’ve retained what we’ve learned and to identify any further training needs.

2:30pm

It’s time to try and hit the rest of my targets as it’s nearing the end of the month.

I also have my Training Week next week so I will be put up in a hotel near our Birmingham Office.  I’m looking forward to it – a chance to meet other new Consultants from the other offices, and to get some classroom-based training from our experienced senior managers.

4:00pm

My colleagues have found another excellent candidate for my HR Manager role.  Our team-commission structure means that you are never on your own to deal with the work.

I love life on the team and they have been so welcoming since I joined. It’s in all our interests that I get up to speed as soon as possible in order to contribute to our success, and we fancy ourselves to bag one of the Top Team awards at the upcoming Christmas party.

6:00pm

I’ll finish whatever admin needs doing, take a couple of calls from candidates who couldn’t answer their phones earlier, then it’s out for a curry for one of the guys’ birthdays.  I’m just showing my face tonight as I have hockey training.

The chat in the pub is geared around what the office is going to get up to for our “Month End” night out – the plan at the moment is to check out a new Escape Rooms that’s just opened in town, and then go “out out”.

7:00pm

Off to the hockey pitches for some training – I’ve re-joined the team I used to play for before I went to uni and it’s great to unwind (albeit in a very active way!)

9:00pm

Time for whatever it is I’m watching on Netflix, I’ll watch one episode too many (standard) and get up ready to do it all over again tomorrow.