Consultant in the Spotlight: Chantal Comeau M&E Commercial Recruiter
M&E Recruitment Consultant Chantal Comeau has been with Energi People since February 2019. In this ‘consultant in the spotlight’ she shares her experience working in the M&E Commercial and Planning arena and recruiting Quantity Surveyors, Esitmators, Procurement teams and M&E Planners.
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You can also contact Chantal about your M&E Commercial recruitment requirements on +44 (0)1252 413080 or by email [email protected]
Jemma Kittle: What do you do at Energi People? Tell me a bit about your role
Chantal Comeau: “I recruit in the M&E Commercial and Planning divisions, working with Quantity Surveyors, Estimators, Procurement teams and M&E Planners.”
JK: Before joining Energi People where did you work?
CC: “I worked in another technical recruitment agency specialising in the water and utilities sectors – water treatment and power engineering.”
JK: What do you most like about working at Energi People?
CC: “The team are fantastic, everyone who works here’s a good laugh. There’s a big difference in personalities across the team so you’ve always got someone to bounce ideas off and work alongside.”
JK: Since joining Energi People what have your learned, how have you progressed your career?
CC: “When I joined Energi business development was something I needed more training in. I’ve received excellent support here to progress that side of my career, I’m becoming a full 360 consultant.”
JK: What are the key challenges companies face when recruiting candidates in your area of expertise? What’s your top piece of advice for companies in this position?
CC: “Finding M&E Quantity Surveyors in the market that have a strong technical background and knowledge is really challenging – they’re hard to find. My advice to companies would be to be open to people coming up from different backgrounds,with transferrable skillsets, coming in from different industries even if it’s not exactly the project base you’re actually looking for.”
JK: What is the biggest challenge candidates face when looking for a new role? What’s your top tip for candidates in the current job market?
CC: “A lot of companies want people who have already done a specific project base, so even if they haven’t worked on that type of project they need to be able to showcase the skills they have learned from other projects. As well as that, they need to keep themselves up-to-date with what’s going on in the market and economy.”
JK: Has (and how) recruitment changed since you became a recruitment consultant?
CC: “We’ve had a lot of changes in the upcoming contract market with the new IR35 legislation. It’s now up to the company to decide whether a role is inside or outside. That’s had an impact and at the moment people are still a little unsure. So we all need to keep on top of the legislation and market changes.”
JK: What advice would you give someone thinking about becoming a recruitment consultant?
CC: “Go for it! It’s a fantastic career, and a career like no other. It’s tough, it’s not for people who don’t want to put the work in. But if you commit to it and put the time and effort in you’ll meet people that you never would have thought you’d meet, you’ll learn about how projects are built and how the cities around us come up. It’s a career that can open many, many doors.”
JK: What do you get out of being a recruitment consultant?
CC: “I love engaging with people. I get to talk to the CEO and directors of companies that I’d never anticipated walking through their doors, and going out for meals with them. A job’s a very important part of people’s lives, so it’s very rewarding to have input into a change that can make a massive difference for a lot of people.”
JK: What are your plans for the future? What are your goals?
CC: “I’d like to continue with my career progression. I’d like to be running my own desk one day bringing up trainee consultants and helping them bring in new business. Personally, I’ve got my own goals like I want a Camaro, I want houses – lots of things to keep working towards!”
JK: How do you take your tea or coffee?
CC: “No sugar in either, just a splash of milk.”
JK: Are you a dunker and if so what’s the best biscuit to dunk?
CC: “Got to be one of those coconutty ones.”
JK: What has been the highlight of your time at Energi People so far?
CC: “We’ve done so many wonderful events together such as conferences at hotels and we’ve got a target to go to Marseille coming up. There are also company competitions and I’ve won quite a few vouchers for meals out. There are just too many things to mention, I think the whole culture is right on point.”
JK: What do you like to do outside of work?
CC: “I hold an orange belt in kickboxing so I do that a few times a week. I go swimming regularly and like to spend time with my partner and my son.”
JK: Who’s your office superstar?
CC: “That’s got to be my manager Kat Jefferies. She’s a good manager, she can give you a kick up the bum when you need it but she keeps you motivated and keeps you going. Without her I wouldn’t be where I am now.”
Contact our M&E desk for your recruitment requirements or if you would like to discuss your building services career. Call +44 (0) 1252 413080 or email [email protected]
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