Senior Tech Recruitment Consultant in the Spotlight!

Read on to find out more about our Tech & IT recruitment desk and contracting in the public sector in this ‘consultant in the spotlight’ interview with Emily Bailey one of our Senior Tech Recruitment Consultants.

Senior Tech Recruitment Consultant in the Spotlight!

tech recruitmentThis week’s consultant in the spotlight shines a light on Emily Bailey a Senior Recruitment Consultant on our Technology and IT desk. Emily joined Energi earlier this year and has quickly become an important member of the dream team!

Here she answers our quick fire questions. Read on to learn more about Emily, public sector appointments, working as a tech contractor, and what she likes about Energi People. If you want to discuss tech and IT positions in the public sector, please get in touch with her directly.

Jemma Kittle: What do you do at Energi People? Tell me a bit about your role

Emily Bailey: “I’m currently a senior recruiter within the tech IT team. I specialise in the contract side of things within the public sector arena, so I predominately work with large government clients, like the MOD and other organisations. Within this arena I recruit for various different types of positions.”

JK: Before joining Energi People where did you work?

EB: “I’ve been working in recruitment for just over 12 years, most recently as an Executive Consultant on the delivery team at a large company based in Basingstoke. Again working on public sector accounts, a very similar delivery role.”

JK: What do you most like about working at Energi People?

EB: “I like the flexibility that Energi people offer me. I’m a working mum with two young children, a 1 year old and a 4 year old, Energi have always been really flexible in terms of my working hours and the ability to pick up work from home. It’s a really nice organisation with great management and for me it’s perfect!”

JK: Since joining Energi People what have your learned, how have you progressed your career?

EB: “I work under Lex [Alexandra Burdfield] and she’s a fantastic teacher and mentor. It’s been so good to learn under her and develop different types of working styles – I think you can get set in your ways in recruitment – so it’s been nice to learn different skills and questioning techniques to get the right information from candidates and clients.”

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?

EB: “We have quite a specific deadline in order to submit candidates: the process is either 24 or 48 hours to submit candidates. So when I’m qualifying candidates it’s very much a quick process to get their applications in the mix. However, it can then be quite a lengthy process and challenge to get feedback. So my advice would be ‘they’re good contractors, they don’t stick around too long so narrow that feedback time down to ultimately get them on board quicker.’”

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?

EB: “For candidates the lengthy process from submitting to onboarding, such as going through security checks and referencing, can be frustrating. I would say please bear with us, that’s the way public sector appointments generally work.”

JK: Has (and how) recruitment changed since you became a recruitment consultant?

EB: “A lot of different regulations have coming into place since I started working in recruitment 12 years ago. Obviously GDPR is a key thing and IR35 will change how contractors will be able to work going forward. There’s also an awful lot more competition out there, previously you would only be up against a few other recruitment agencies. With my role at the moment I’m in the top 10% of suppliers and there are over 260 suppliers on that framework. It’s highly competitive.”

JK: What advice would you give someone thinking about becoming a recruitment consultant?

EB: “Absolutely go for it! It’s a really good career. I love it. You get what you put in. So if you’re able to work hard you not only benefit the company but you’re also doing it for yourself. What you put in effects your pipeline, your commission and effectively your career. I didn’t go to university, but I was able to buy my first property at 21. There’s no restriction on what you can earn and where you can go, even when you start with nothing.”

JK: What do you get out of being a recruitment consultant?

EB: “Every day is different, you have real highs and real lows and you need to take it on the chin and have some humour about it. You have to be quite thick skinned as you can take quite a bit of rejection before you get to the good point. But you do get to build up some really good relationships, I really enjoy that side of things.”

JK: What are your plans for the future? What are your goals?

EB: “I’m really happy where I am. Energi People could take me in many different directions and it’s nice to be with an organisation that’s able to offer me progression, such as if I wanted to go back into a managerial type position. However, right now I’m very happy.”

JK: How do you take your tea or coffee?

EB: “I have a huge mug with 2 teabags, bit of milk and sugar.”

JK: Are you a dunker and if so what’s the best biscuit to dunk?

EB: “Every biscuit’s good. Anything with chocolate will always be a winner.” 

JK: What has been the highlight of your time at Energi People so far?

EB: “I enjoyed our conference [find out more about the Energi conference here]. People got to see my MC skills and it was really nice to be around the team in an environment outside of work. Getting to identify your strengths and weaknesses was really good. I thought it was a great idea and it’s great that Energi offer this kind of opportunity.”

JK: What do you like to do outside of work?

EB: “I’ve got 2 young kids so my weekends are pretty much filled with birthday parties with their friends, swimming and gymnastics classes and family activities with my nieces and nephews. Where possible I try to get a nice holiday in.”

JK: Who’s your office superstar?

EB: “My standout superstar in the office is Lex. She’s not only a really good manager, she’s a fantastic recruiter, she offers help and advice and still manages to keep down some really good billings herself. She’s a great example.”


Contact our Technology & IT recruitment desk for private and public sector roles. Call +44 (0) 1252 413080 or email [email protected]

Energi are recruiting. Energi People is listed in Recruiter’s 2019 FAST 50, with a compound annual growth rate of 23.7%. If you’re looking for an opportunity to get into technical recruitment, work for a fast growth company and further your career, our team is expanding. Click here to find out why you should join us.

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