As we mark our 25th anniversary in the world of aftermarket recruitment, we sat down with members of our team so you could hear their story so far and find out more about what recruitment, and Glen Callum Associates (GCA), means to them.
Next up, hear from Rob Cox, senior recruitment consultant, as we get to know all about his experience, how he came to work for GCA, and what he likes to get up to outside of work.
How long have you been working for GCA?
I have been with GCA for just over four years now – where has that time gone?
But I have done the maths and I have been a Recruiter for 30 years this year and have got to say I still thoroughly enjoy what I do. Yes, working in recruitment is a rollercoaster but you have to be on and live that ride to be successful!
How have you found working for GCA?
GCA is a very different recruitment business, and I call it a business and not an agency, as that’s what it is. It’s a very specialised, caring business. We care about what we do and how we do it. Our goal is to provide every candidate and client we represent the highest level of service.
The following words are said a lot in our industry, but we live them every day! They are honesty, openness, professionalism, courteous and integrity. In short, I treat everyone I speak with (client or candidate) the way I would want to be treated myself.
How does GCA work differently from previous recruiters you’ve worked for?
I have worked for a number of other recruitment companies over the years but never one like GCA, which is why I am still working here and hope to be for many years to come.
I am hoping to be with them until I retire if I’m honest.
The reason for this is the way I am treated, managed and, most of all, trusted to get on with my job. I am not micromanaged like I have been with other jobs; I know what I have to achieve and I am supported and given the tools to get to the personal goals that are set for me and the ones I set for myself.
Another important thing for me is although I know both are directors, they really are just that and live up to every meaning of the word. Both Kerrie and Glen really care about the team and the business and always go above and beyond to make sure we are happy and give us all the support we need. Not just in work but also in our private lives. It’s more like a group of friends working together than a business, I have never felt like it’s a ‘them and us’ situation. If I am very honest, they don’t manage, they lead!
How did you end up at GCA?
Well! That’s a bit of a story!! I have spent my career looking for a business and people that share the same values as me. Although I loved recruitment, I really didn’t like how a lot of recruitment businesses operate. A lot of the time you are sold a dream and what’s produced is a nightmare!
I had got to a point in my working life where I had got very despondent with the recruitment sector and put a post on LinkedIn thanking all my clients and explaining I was leaving the industry.
You see, I am a person that has to feel comfortable with what I am doing, I haven’t got a dodgy or dishonest bone in my body and the two previous businesses I worked for were less than professional. This wasn’t me! So, I decided it was time to move to pastures new and I meant out of recruitment.
It was then that a private message popped up on LinkedIn from a lady called Kerrie Richards who asked if I would come and meet with her and Glen Shepherd to see if they could re-ignite my passion for recruitment.
From our first meeting I could tell they were really nice people, had grown a really nice business and had a team of happy recruiters around them. Well, we did the deal there and then and the rest is history.
How has your career grown since joining GCA?
I am sure in time if I wanted it, my career would grow with GCA, but if I’m very honest I really enjoy working at the coal face. I am a real people person and love speaking with b
oth clients and candidates daily about new roles, existing roles, future plans, careers and where they want to progress to next. Again, to be honest, I am too busy developing other people’s careers to worry about my own.
So what do you do when you aren’t recruiting?
Well, apart from thinking about recruiting (ha ha) I have always had a passion for training horses. I have spent many years traveling all over the UK helping friends compete and achieve their dreams in the discipline of Showing Horses.
I have been lucky enough to attend some of the most prestigious Horse Shows in the country to include Horse of the Year Show (HOYS), The Royal International and London Olympia and Royal Windsor Horse Show, where I was lucky enough to meet Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
I am also an area paddock steward for the Race Horse Authority (RHA).
When not with the horses my other great passion is my Greyhound, Rosie. I love spending time taking her on long walks and adventures – our particular favourites are beach walks! The open space and sea air is a great way for me to unwind from the enjoyable stresses of recruitment life.