Consultant In The Spotlight – Connor Field
Connor Field is our Building Services Consultant working with candidates and clients looking for roles such as Mechanical and Electrical Supervisors, Project Engineers and Managers, and Operations Directors and Managers.
Connor joined Energi People in 2017 and has quickly fitted into the team. Here I talked to Connor about his role, what it’s like working in technical recruitment and, most importantly, what it’s like working at Energi People.
Read on for his insights and if you want to speak to Connor about building services jobs, give him a call!
Jemma Kittle: What do you do at Energi People?
Connor Field: I recruit for permanent and contracts, site supervisors and up. So project engineers, project managers, operations managers and directors for M&E companies in and around London and the Home Counties.
JK: Before joining Energi People where did you work?
CF: Before joining Energi People I spent five years in the motor trade working with Citroen and Jaguar Landrover as a sales executive
JK: What do you most like about working at Energi People?
CF: There’s a nice laid-back atmosphere, you’re not pressured into trying to outperform everyone else. If you do need help, people who are doing well are happy to stop and help you progress as well. There’s no backstabbing, no one’s out for themselves, it’s just a nice friendly atmosphere to work in.
JK: Since joining Energi People what have your learned, how have you progressed your career?
CF: Energi People is my first foray into recruitment so I’ve learned everything here! I’ve gone from scratch where I knew nothing at all about technical recruitment to being the highest biller of the month in my fourth month here. So I like to think I’ve progressed quite well! That’s all down to the guys here who’ve trained me and helped me along.
JK: What are the challenges companies face when recruiting candidates in your area of expertise?
CF: The key challenge for companies in a lot of instances is timescales. It’s about getting the right candidate in before they find something else. As it stands there are a lot of jobs out there and candidates do know that. It’s competitive for companies to get the right people.
JK: What is the biggest challenge candidates face when looking for a new role?
CF: It’s trying to be realistic in what they’re looking for. We do have some candidates who think that because they’re on one salary level in their current company they can go straight to that same salary level in another company. Sometimes you do need to go in where there are people above you and prove your worth, you might have to work your way up to be on that level again.
JK: What advice would you give someone thinking about becoming a recruitment consultant?
CF: Really think about and make sure it’s definitely the career path you want to go down. It’s by no means the easiest of any sales role, but it is probably one of the most rewarding in terms of how the work you put in directly reflects what you can actually get out of it.
JK: What do you get out of being a recruitment consultant?
CF: I enjoy being part of the team; I enjoy doing something that can help other people. In a lot of instances you are helping someone find that job they’ve been wanting for a long time, so it’s really rewarding in that sense. It’s also great to have people around you that are really supportive and help you grow as a person.
JK: What are your plans for the future?
CF: Professionally, I absolutely want to be hitting senior consultant as soon as possible. I fully intend to be the first person in the company to come in as a trainee and hit principal consultant, just as quickly as I can!
JK: How do you take your tea?
CF: Tea has to be taken with milk and two sugars, and a couple of custard creams on the side of the plate won’t go amiss either.
JK: What has been the highlight of your time at Energi People so far?
CF: The highlight of my career so far at Energi People was getting my first placement. It was not something I’d done before, having not worked in recruitment, so getting that first email saying the candidate was going to take the job was the absolute highlight.
JK: What do you like to do outside of work?
CF: I’m an avid poker player; really enjoy it, never happier than when I’ve got a deck of cards in my hand! I regularly attend the national semi-finals for our poker league, and I run one of our pub poker leagues too. Also I like heading down to the pub with my mates at the end of the day.
JK: Who’s your office superstar?
CF: Kat Jefferies! Kat was the first person I saw go from senior to principal consultant, she’s the top biller in the company other than one of the directors, Nick. She’s someone to look up to in terms of where I can be if I really set my mind to it.
I hope you found this little insight into Connor’s working life interesting. If you are looking for role as a Mechanical or Electrical Supervisor, Project Engineer, Project Manager, Operations Director or Manager he’s the person to speak to!
Energi People are also expanding, so if you would like to join our growing team please get in touch. In the first instance send your CV with a covering letter / email to me to this address – [email protected]
You can also find details of our current openings on the Energi People Hunted page here.