When I left university with a degree in Geography, I enrolled on a graduate scheme at a global engineering firm – but after a year I realised it wasn’t fulfilling my expectations. It didn’t offer the buzzing working environment I wanted, and I found myself clock-watching every day.
I was aware of a friend-of-a-friend who’d had great success working at an executive search firm, so I began looking for a similar role. I was particularly attracted to a career at Hobson Prior, as it offered high earning potential and the opportunity to work in a busy environment with fellow graduates.
The training offered at Hobson Prior has benefited me greatly. By developing my knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and various recruiting techniques, it has helped me reach my targets and secure a promotion to Senior Consultant.
Initially I worked in a resourcing role at Hobson Prior, helping to source roles in various areas. I was soon promoted to recruitment consultant and established the company’s medical function. I had a lot of success within my first few months, making several placements with key clients. As demand in the Medical function has grown, the team has expanded to a headcount of ten, and we now cover several new niche areas.
I really enjoy helping people find their ideal job or candidate. Our candidates usually aren’t actively looking for work, but are sourced through headhunting or referral, and this makes the work all the more interesting and rewarding. I also love the team here; they have a work-hard play-hard ethic, and everyone is very supportive of each other.
I joined Hobson Prior after finishing my degree in Geography in the summer of 2011. At university I worked a part-time job selling student insurance – so after graduating, I went looking for an opportunity to use my sales experience in a more professional environment, where there would be potential for fast career progression.
I decided to enter the recruitment industry, but I was very selective about the companies I applied to. Training was really important to me - I was confident I had the raw talent, having always had top sales figures, but to maximise my earning potential I wanted an employer that would support and develop me. So when I learnt about Hobson Prior’s 6 month training programme and Investors in People accreditation, I knew it was the place for me.
My first 6 months were busy and the work was challenging, but I was excited to be learning new skills and improving my existing ones. Everyone was welcoming and had a great sense of pride in the business.
I’ve quickly progressed through the consulting ladder at Hobson Prior. After two years I took responsibility for my own small team; fast forward another three years, and I now manage a team of over 25 consultants. In my five years here, I’ve opened a new office, expanded the permanent side of the business into new niches, and have been named the top permanent biller for three consecutive years.
I get a lot of satisfaction from my job. I like that it’s fast-paced, and I get a real buzz out of making placements and winning new clients. Furthermore, Hobson Prior still gives me support and training to this day, to help me reach my full potential.
The best advice I could give to people starting at Hobson Prior would be to learn from those around you and get stuck in. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes – just learn from them and keep pushing yourself. You’ll find we have a really supportive environment here, and people at all levels will share advice and help you be the best you can.
I graduated in 2008 and worked in customer service. During my time in customer service I was overlooked for several promotions as the company brought in external staff for these openings.
I begun to look into a career in recruitment and found out about Hobson Prior. The things that appealed to me most about Hobson Prior were the earning potential, promotion prospects and training program as I thought this would be a place where I could develop my career without the threat of external staff taking the jobs above me.
During my training period at Hobson Prior I was able to achieve success and recognition by making several placements and also winning the ‘consultant of the month’ award during my second month.
After being promoted out of my training period then I was able to continue my success by hitting my development targets and being promoted through the consulting levels.
I can certainly say that my expectations for career progression and earning potential at Hobson Prior have been fulfilled.
I graduated in 2014 having studied biology at University. I was keen to use my scientific background in my career and this, combined with the commission and target driven aspect of the role, made recruitment an interesting sector.
Hobson Prior really appealed to me, based on its progression and rewards structures, and the roles it worked on within life sciences. I applied whilst still at university, and within a month of graduating I had interviewed and been offered a job in the London office.
As a graduate with no prior recruitment experience, the training I received from day one was invaluable. It ranged from desk-based shadowing exercises with experienced consultants, to subject knowledge within my niche function. The training programme was tailored to meet my learning style, and everyone in the team was happy to help answer my questions.
Having gained exposure to all aspects of recruitment, it became clear that my skills were suited to client relationship management. I was provided with further training in this area, before being given the chance to establish and head up the new Key Clients Team.
Since being promoted to Key Client Team Leader, I've enjoyed achieving personal success by exceeding my targets, as well as seeing successes within my growing team.
A unique aspect of working at Hobson Prior is that there’s no limit to your progression. There are always opportunities to propose new niches and methods, and this enables the creation of new management and leaderships posts.
At Hobson Prior, you’re encouraged to build on your strengths to get the best out of your role and yourself. It’s a unique company which values individualism and everyone who works here.
After graduating from Loughborough University in 2012, I worked for two years at a marketing agency. However, I soon found this career path didn’t challenge me or match my motivations.
I’d already gained some experience in recruitment at university, where I was a student ambassador for a staffing company, so I decided to pursue this. Several of my friends worked in the industry, and they stressed the importance of finding a reputable employer that offers training and career progression.
I began searching for such a company, and came across Hobson Prior. I was pleased to see that an old friend of mine worked there, and after speaking with him I was confident that Hobson Prior would provide me with the opportunities I desired.
With the support of my team and training manager, I have progressed from trainee to the top of the consulting ladder in less than three years, hitting my most recent promotion target two months early. During this time I’ve developed the Hobson Prior’s interim regulatory team to four consultants, and I’ve become the company’s second highest biller.
Hobson Prior is continuously improving and growing ambitiously. With offices in the UK, Europe and Australia, the business in now expanding to the USA – and I’ve been picked to open our new office in Boston in 2017. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for me and the company, and I’m thrilled to be at the centre of it.
Hobson Prior is a great a place to work; the team is young, ambitious and professional, and there is a great atmosphere. If you’re interested in a career in recruitment and want to reach your full potential, l I can’t recommend Hobson Prior highly enough.
When I graduated in 2010 with a degree in Business Economics, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I’d completed some work placements at Westminster and local councils, but they didn’t fit with my aspirations. They seemed to reward length of service rather than hard work and talent – and I didn’t want my career progression to be dependent on someone else leaving.
I began to consider a career in recruitment after visiting a jobs fair. I was excited by the progression and earning potential it offered, and I realised this was an industry that would recognise and reward my hard work. It suited my personality too; I never thought I could make money from my favourite pastime – talking!
I was immediately impressed by Hobson Prior as an ambitious company that invested in its people. I had my first interview with Jake, who is now our Managing Director. He highlighted the benefits of the job, including uncapped earnings, excellent training and a plethora of career development opportunities. I can honestly say that over the six years I’ve worked here, these promises have been met well beyond my expectations.
Since starting out as a Trainee in 2010, I’ve received consistent training and development opportunities, enabling me to secure several promotions. I’m now a Team Manager, leading a team of four consultants on the interim side of the business. Being able to define my own pace of progression is something that really drives me, and Hobson Prior has enabled me to do just this.
After six years of working in recruitment, I’ve realised there are very few careers where you have so much control over your own pay packet. The extra work you put in significantly influences what you take home each month. The financial rewards offered here have been fundamental to my ability to buy a house, travel abroad and feel financially stable.
If you’re hard-working and ambitious, Hobson Prior is a great place to work. It offers a clear career path and earning potential well beyond most other careers. After six years of working here, I’m still passionate about my job, and I feel like Hobson Prior invests in me each and every day.
I graduated in 2009 and, despite achieving a first class degree in business administration, had no idea what I wanted to do for a career. I spent the next couple of years working in marketing and telesales but neither was for me.
I never planned to become a recruitment consultant; I don’t think many people do, but I knew my strengths would be suited to recruitment so decided to search online for graduate recruitment jobs. Immediately, one ad stood out - Hobson Prior’s - which I immediately responded to. Two interviews later, I received the phone call that I had been hoping for and started planning my move to Tunbridge Wells.
Hobson Prior is recognised as an ‘Investors in People’ organisation and this is certainly reflected in the time, money and effort they put into training. There are various external and internal training programmes, which are open to all consultants, from graduates upwards. I’ve felt the training I’ve received to be comprehensive and diverse, the objective always focused on how I can be not just a good consultant, but an excellent one.
Everyone was very welcoming and friendly from the outset and I realised I’d made the correct decision to join Hobson Prior during after-work drinks at the end of my first week; I already felt part of the team.
The first few weeks were very much about learning from others and listening to advice. I was also tasked with researching the pharmaceutical industry and presenting my findings back to a panel, which included the MD. For someone with limited knowledge of the industry and science in general, this was a great way to learn more about it and I realised how interesting the sector is.
I made my first placement in Germany and, many years later, the contractor is still on site with that client today. I now specialise in biometrics across Europe and am enjoying the financial rewards; I’ve recently brought a new car and am planning to buy a new apartment in Tunbridge Wells.
I started my career in the retail industry, but after several years I decided on a change of career. I wanted to use my people management skills in an office environment, so began working in recruitment at a high street staffing company.
I really enjoyed the HR aspects of the role, but hated the sales element – so when an ideal opportunity to arose in Hobson Prior’s accounts team, I jumped at it.
In this first role as Contract Management Assistant, I was responsible for processing the contractors’ payroll each month. The position was a three-month contract, but upon its completion I was offered a permanent position. I already felt part of the team and saw many benefits in working at Hobson Prior, so I happily accepted.
From that point, my career really took off. I’ve received several promotions over the last seven years, and I now head up the Contract Management Team.
I’ve worked for several companies who claim to invest in their workforce, but just don’t deliver on their promises. It’s different at Hobson Prior – I truly believe the company operates on the principle that investing in its people is the key to success.
All the leaders and managers within the business have been promoted through the ranks, so it’s clear that hard work and dedication is rewarded here. We’re also encouraged to provide feedback, request training and shout about our successes at our monthly reviews.
When I left school, I didn’t see myself as a particularly ambitious person. My time here has shown this couldn’t be further from the truth. Hobson Prior has continuously pushed me out of my comfort zone, while supporting and encouraging me to achieve my full potential. I’m very grateful for everything that’s been invested in me over the years, and I’m excited to see where my career with Hobson Prior goes next.