Getting to know you…
Amanda Lock, Divisional Manager of Welfare to Work & Employability at Taylor Herrick Recruitment
What made you want to work for Taylor Herrick Recruitment?
I was looking for a new challenge combining the satisfaction to help others meet their career aspirations.
How do you feel you can positively impact on others careers?
Guiding and offering advice and support at a time of change within people’s career paths.
Throughout your life, who has been your inspiration?
My Mum because she has overcome difficulties and has worked hard to have a happy and successful life and career.
Can you recommend a good book to take on holiday this year?
Things I Want My Daughters to Know by Elizabeth Noble – an easy reading coming of age story.
What’s your favourite time of the day?
The evenings because that’s when my best ideas come to me when I reflect on the day
What three goals do you endeavour to accomplish this year?
1. Continue to build networks within the arena of welfare to work & employability so that THR is recognised as an outstanding recruitment consultancy.
2. To spend more time reading.
3. Getting to the church on time on Saturday, 29 September (for my wedding day)
Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?
What’s your favourite food?
A roast Sunday dinner
What do you like most as well as least about your job?
• Most; the results from supporting people with their career moves and helping them back into work.
• Least; being let down by uncommitted candidates
What is the most played song on your Ipod?
Florence & The Machine’s album, Ceremonials.
Do you have a favourite quote?
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new” – Albert Einstein
What event are you most looking forward to in the remaining 2012?
I get married on Saturday, 29 September and am then flying to The Maldives for my honeymoon.
If you can choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?
My Mum because she has helps me to see things clearly
When you have a bad day at work, it is usually because…
I’m not getting the results I want.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Grow my own vegetables
In your own opinion, what is your worst characteristic?
I worry too much
When you have a few hours of free-time, how do you pass the time?
What would you name the autobiography of your life?
Oh My God!
Where do you want to be in five years from now?
Happily married with job security
Complete this sentence:
Happiness is… a new handbag!
Following recent dialogue with a client and candidate, it became apparent that a CV can unintentionally create completely the wrong impression! This struck a nerve and got me thinking, how much input should we have with CV’s, as recruiters?
Ethically, we should be able to give advice and guidance on the structure and content of a CV. However, does it stop there?…
For example. If a CV is poorly written (spelling and grammar etc.) then should we flag this up to the candidate and give them another chance to apply or should we take this as a sign that they aren’t too bothered about the outcome of the application and therefore their performance when in that role?
Personally I believe that presentation is paramount. In both of the sectors in which we recruit, CVs should be of the highest standard. Architects and Technicians should be able to demonstrate design flair, presentation skills and also attention to detail. I also believe that employability professionals should lead by example if it is their job to help the unemployed back in to work, by having a good CV.
I know many recruiters who format all CV’s before submitting to the client – do you think this takes away the personal element of a CV? I think that even more so in the current economic climate candidates should be using their CV to get a foot in the door and so surely you would want to stand out from the crowd?
Then again we have to be driven by what the client is asking for. If I were to suggest to a candidate that they change their CV in order to appeal to a particular company then great; this gives them more chance of being considered for interview. Or is it not a true representation of that candidate?
I’m comfortable arranging interviews without a CV; understanding my clients and candidates well enough to make the right match and for them to trust me to do so. However, when a CV is required, it needs to be spot on!
One of the solutions is to know your candidate and be able to represent them in the best way possible; honestly, ethically, and only putting them forward for roles that are a great match.
Hello! My name is Amanda and today I am delighted to introduce myself as the sectors Divisional Manager whilst we continue to lead within this competitive market.
As a consultancy which offers exceptional service, based on first hand experience, I bring direct knowledge and understanding of working for a leading welfare to work provider in operational and leadership positions. I have also worked in HR for a major finance company and can offer a professional and bespoke account management and advisory service to clients.
I aspire to provide a positive recruitment experience for both candidates and clients by effectively working to identify the exact recipe required in order for government providers to take the lead though the recruitment of successful, determined, passionate and experienced employees as we continue to confront record highs of unemployment throughout the UK.
The high rate of unemployment has continued to challenge government and I am inspired by, and take pride in, supporting people to achieve their career targets. I have led and delivered several career aspiration and employability workshops locally throughout the Midlands, in a number of academic settings, speaking direct to youth audiences to provide constructive advice and guidance and to motivate them as they start to pave their career paths.
I anticipate to provide the comprehensive support you deserve and look forward to meeting new challenges that lie ahead within this sector.