Alexandra Vonthron is reaching 7 months in her career with Montash. She has flown through her probation period, has already been promoted to an SAP Consultant and is growing from strength to strength as part of the Montash team. What makes Alexandra’s story so interesting, is that she came over from France to pursue this role. We asked her to share some of her experiences so far, the cultural differences she has noticed and what advice she would give to others who are considering a career in recruitment.
What made you choose a career in recruitment? And why the UK?
My boyfriend has been working in recruitment for a long time and was convinced I would be great at the role because he’d seen how I did in the world of events sales and service. He kept telling me recruitment is the same - it’s about people. It’s just as fulfilling both financially and what it does for the people you serve. The move to London made sense, as I was keen to try something new and working in London has always been part of the plan. So far so good!
What are the main cultural differences you have identified?
I’ve definitely noticed quite a difference in management styles. Management styles seem much more one to one and personalised in the UK. In France, relationships between bosses and employees are a lot more formal. Also, in the UK it seems to be a more driven and competitive environment at work.
In general, I have found the British to be ‘on the ball’. They are very driven and start their career at a young age with lots of focus.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
One of the things I love the most about recruitment is that the environment is so friendly. I work with a team and they’re all so friendly - we have good banter, yet it’s always respectful. My managers are supportive and very encouraging. It’s so refreshing to come to work when it’s about so much more than just paying the bills. I love the rush you get when you’re about to secure a role and actually let the candidate know that they got the job - it can be very addictive! As soon as I have found the perfect fit for a client, I am searching for the next one and always thinking of new ways to get to ensure that I am supporting my clients and candidates after that. It keeps it exciting and interesting every day.
Moreover, I really like the incentives such as the Director’s Top Table and the trips abroad. It makes you work harder and want to go for all of the awards!
What advice would you give to someone moving to the UK to become a recruiter?
My advice would be to make sure you are willing to give it a go. To be honest, my first few weeks were not easy at all, but I was persistent. By the fourth, I had understood what I am doing. So, give it time. On a personal note, ensure you have planned it well so that you don’t have your personal circumstances making it difficult for you - learning and settling into the job should be the priority.
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