Equipment

Sourcing – headhunting, job adverts, social media, press, CV databases, industry networking, referrals

 

Screening – reviewing CVs and applications, screening interviews, writing candidate profiles

 

Managing the Hiring Process – coordinating interviews, referencing, salary negotiation, candidate feedback

 

Talent Management – onboarding, employee retention, succession planning, talent development, diversity

 

Employer Branding – digital engagement, virtual talent communities, attending career fairs, delivering talks at events

 

Career Coaching – one-to-one sessions, group workshops, action planning, job searching, CV writing, interview preparation, gaining promotions, networking skills, personal branding, career moves

 

Business Development – identifying new leads, targeting potential clients, winning business, client liaison

 

Software – Microsoft Office, Office 365, Google Docs, WordPress, MailChimp, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram,

WP Job Manager, The Talent Manager, leading jobs boards and CV databases (e.g. Indeed, Monster, TotalJobs etc.)

Education

Northumbria University

Starting 2018 (Part-Time) MA Coaching

York St. John University

2008-2001 BA (Hons) Film and Television Production (2:1)

High Storrs School

2001-08 3 x A-Levels / 1 x AS-Level / 9 x GCSEs

Experience

Nifty Talent

Jun 2017-Present Independent Talent Consultant

Following interest about my fresh way of recruiting and a number of approaches from companies, launched my own independent recruitment consultancy. Operating through an RPO model, to date have worked with 19 leading companies across the media, creative and digital production industries, filling 44 permanent, FTC and freelance positions UK wide. Has included crewing projects for broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky, UKTV, Discovery and RTE, digital platforms including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram and a variety of brands and corporate clients.

Predominantly recruiting for editorial, production, creative, technical, operations and client services roles of mid to director level, and often taking on hard-to-fill positions. Regularly approached to conduct searches when companies’ own internal recruitment efforts have not delivered. Proactively generate new leads and meet with potential clients to win business, securing six clients within the first two weeks of launching.

Offer a full 360 recruitment service, from sourcing, screening and coordinating interviews to negotiating salaries, gaining references and providing feedback to candidates. Write job specifications and adverts and promote opportunities across jobs boards, social media, industry press and talent networks. Also source candidates through thorough targeted searches and by trawling CV databases and social media profiles.

Work closely and collaboratively with clients, similarly to that of an in-house recruiter, advising on pay rates, market trends and talent attraction, retention and development methods, and ensuring they were aware of employment laws. Also built a large network of perspective candidates, providing them with career advice and feedback on CVs.

Blast! Films

Apr 2016-Jun 2017 Talent Executive (Promoted from Talent Manager)

Worked at one of the UK’s busiest television production companies, recruiting editorial, production, technical and operations professionals, from senior management to entry level. Filled 182 permanent, FTC and freelance positions and played an integral role in retaining and developing talent. Included crewing projects for the BBC, Channel 4/All4, Channel 5, Sky, Discovery, A&E Networks, Scripps Networks and MSNBC.

Operated within a small team, as the only full-time talent personnel for 12 of the months, and trained and managed new team members. Developed new sourcing strategies, including driving social media use to increase digital engagement and build virtual talent communities. Also led an employer branding initiative, which alongside growing the company’s online presence, involved attending career fairs, building relationships with industry organisations and delivering talks at events.

Liaised with diversity organisations to increase applications from BAME and disabled candidates, and during a time of rapid growth and increased need for hires outside of London, managed regional recruitment, holding recruitment events and building talent pools in Brighton, Manchester, Bristol, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Glasgow. Also worked with existing employees, identifying training and talent development opportunities, overseeing succession planning, conducting career mapping meetings and coordinating work experience placements.

Implemented new formats for recruitment literature and wrote detailed job adverts, publishing across jobs boards, social media, talent networks and industry press. Researched potential candidates, reviewed applications and CVs, conducted screening interviews and coordinated the hiring process, including scheduling interviews, maintained ongoing communication with perspective hires and gaining references, using an applicant tracking system to document activities.

CV Land

Aug 2017-Present Founder & CV Writer

Create bespoke CVs for professionals of all levels from a wide range of industries. Has included working with those experiencing redundancy, new to the UK and looking for a career change. A large number of clients, who had previously been rejected from multiple job applications, provided feedback detailing that they had found employment within weeks, and even days, of using their new CV.

Collate years of experience into concise, informative and effective documents, producing completely original and visually appealing designs and formats. Write detailed, well-researched copy, ensuring key strengths and achievements are emphasised, language is powerful and appropriate for purpose and there are no errors with spelling and grammar. Also offer additional services in cover letter, LinkedIn profile and personal statement writing.

Freelance

Nov 2017-Present Career Coach

Predominantly work across the creative, media and digital industries, providing one-to-one coaching to individuals of all levels, and delivering group workshops at universities, colleges and industry organisations. Assist clients with identifying and achieving professional goals, such as moving companies, gaining promotions, changing careers, returning to work, breaking into new industries, expanding skillsets and maintaining consistent work as a freelancer.

Help people recognise their key strengths and skills and advise on using them effectively to develop a personal brand. Recommend effective job search methods and proactively help clients source new opportunities. Also suggest improvements for CVs and cover letters, conduct thorough interview preparation and develop networking strategies.

Freelance

Dec 2013-Apr 2016 Producer

Becoming one of the youngest Television Producers in the UK, worked across a wide range of broadcast programmes for the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and MTV, including Bodyshockers, Judge Geordie, My Psychic Life and The Week the Landlords Moved In. Led project and creative management, overseeing and coaching teams of up to 15 people, developing and implementing production and editorial strategies, devising new concepts, identifying and crafting content and managing complex schedules. Involved liaison with legal and health professions, high-profile institutions and the press.

Freelance

Apr 2012-Dec 2013 Assistant Producer

Played a key role in the creation and delivery of broadcast television programmes for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, including leading brands such as Big Brother, The Hotel, People Like Us and Unsafe Sex in the City. Involved developing editorial content and working closely with onscreen talent during filming to deliver engaging and entertaining narratives. Also took responsibility for significant logistical aspects, from organising resources to setting up large, complex shoots.

Freelance

Apr 2011-Apr 2012 Researcher

Directly supported senior teams across the production of broadcast television programmes for ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, including Supersize vs Superskinny, Make Bradford British, The Food Hospital and London: The Inside Story. Conducted thorough research into a wide range of complex topics and produced detailed documents of findings. Also worked to, and exceeded, individual targets, focused on sourcing and securing contributors and stories to feature on programmes.

Freelance

Jul 2007-Dec 2010 Runner

Establishing myself in the highly competitive media industry at 16-years-old, assisted across the creation of broadcast television, branded content and digital media projects for clients including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, West Yorkshire Police and Loughborough University. Generated content ideas, organised technical equipment, completed administration tasks and provided hospitality to the wider team, including high-profile individuals.