Meet The Recruiter: Sam Gardner
15 September 2017
How did you get in to recruitment?
I fell into recruitment. I had always been involved with recruitment through my time in hospitality and I always believed in “team work makes the dream work”. I have always treated my work colleagues like family and think that is why I appreciate the importance of the right hire.
What was your dream job as a child?
I always wanted to be a vet. I am a massive softy when it comes to animals and have always had lots of pets growing up. I think once the reality that you didn’t get to clap animals all day wore off… the dream changed.
How do you commute?
What does a typical day look like?
As much as the structure of my day tries to be similar, no two days are the same. Recruitment is an emotional rollercoaster where you take the good and the bad. My days revolve around the timescales of others and I plan my diary to that.
What’s the best part of your job?
The best part of the job for me is the reward of finding someone a real opportunity in the market. Whether the candidate is looking for progression or a new team, when I manage to make the offer to the candidate who has worked hard at interviews and wanted the job so badly that does make it all worthwhile.
What’s been your biggest success so far?
I am a home owner. By the age of 23 my partner and I had saved up and bought our first house. I would consider this to be a huge success as many people struggle to get on the property ladder.
And not being pushed into a career I didn’t want. I was pressured by society, I felt, to go to university and do a degree which I wasn’t truly passionate about. I completed my degree, however, I didn’t go down the teaching route, as was expected. This took a lot of guts to go against what was expected but I now know I was right to do so.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love my holidays. I like to go on 2-3 a year and try not to go to the same place twice. I love food and chilling, I think with such a busy day job I am big on appreciating my down time.
What is most important to you?
Family. I have always grown up with a close family and a supportive network. I feel family is not only the family you’re born with but the family you choose. The people closest to me are the most important thing and I feel this comes across in my work ethic. If I can do something for someone I always will.
Describe yourself in three words.
Loyal, determined and supportive.
Written By Sam Gardner