Lauren Vint-McGee - Interquest Group
I had never planned for a career in recruitment. After leaving university early in 2006, I went into a local recruitment agency specialising in finance to try and get a job in accounting. They offered me a job as their receptionist as a stop gap... and the rest is history! I worked in a couple of agencies as a perms consultant before realising that sales wasn't really for me, and moved into an ‘in house' role, recruiting directly for my employer. I stayed there for 4 years, learning about all the value added HR services that an embedded recruitment team can support with, and left as a Talent Acquisition Specialist in 2012.
This is when I started my journey into Recruitment Process Outsourcing. For me, RPO is the best of both worlds - all the benefits of working with a large number of specialists, but without the sales! I worked my way up from a Senior Recruitment Advisor into a Recruitment Manager role, on site with a large FMCG organisation for a couple of years, and then moved internally into a project based role. In this new team, I was implementing recruitment teams, processes and best practices for our RPO clients. This led into another company move (3.5 years later), into the role of Head of Continuous Improvement & Sourcing for a global RPO business.
My most recent role is that of Client Services Director for InterQuest Group - where I manage teams of recruiters who sit onsite with our clients. I also head up our project management function, supporting implementations, reporting, sourcing, technology and projects across the business. I never would have thought or believed, back in 2006 when I was looking for my role in Finance, that I would be where I am now. My journey into recruitment has been exciting, interesting, challenging, sometimes frustrating(!), and so rewarding. My advice to anyone considering a role in recruitment would be to not give up if you don't enjoy the first thing you try. There are so many options for those, like me, who wanted a non-sales role in a dynamic environment. Give it a go, you never know where you might end up!