I had a few questions to ask Harry Buttery, senior technology consultant in Singapore and he shared what keeps him driven, how he keeps a work-life balance and why he chose to work at Eames.
1. How did you get into recruitment?
Like most, I genuinely fell into it after university. I had applied to a few jobs after university not knowing what I wanted to do. For my first ever recruitment interview I honestly had no idea I was interviewing for a recruitment job, I thought I was interviewing for one of their clients!
2. What is your advice for someone just getting into recruitment?
Keep going and never take it personally when people say ‘no’. It does eventually make a lot more sense but essentially we work with people who are totally unpredictable.
3. What is it about recruitment that has kept you in the industry?
The opportunity it offers someone to essentially do whatever they want. There are unlimited opportunities to make serious money, travel a ton and meet the widest array of people and personalities within different markets and industries.
4. What is your proudest moment in your career to date?
Reaching the 25 contractor mark. It was such a big milestone for me and at the time my whole team were pushing me to do it. I went on to hit above 30 during covid but it wasn’t as special to me as I was essentially recruiting from my bedroom so it didn’t have the same proud moment for me – shows how needy I can be!
5. What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career so far and how have you overcome that?
COVID was tough, the first 3-4 months were deadly quiet where no one wanted to move and no one seemed to want to hire. I was lucky enough that I had a few clients that pushed through and kept hiring during the uncertainty. Finding talent willing to move was tough but staying consistent massively helped, even if it was just a cv send here or there doing the basics kept the lights on essentially.
6. What is your number 1 secret to success?
Try to add value to every process. It’s very easy to find a cv and arrange interviews but it’s everything around that people remember and value.
7. What’s the best career advice you’ve ever been given?
Just send a cv. Even when your whole world is falling down around you, every process starts with a cv so make yourself feel better and get one out the door and it’s the easiest thing to keep control of.
8. What are you driven by and how do you stay motivated?
Motivation and drive have never been difficult, I enjoy recruitment and I like the feeling of helping people. I think the financial reward it then creates and the freedom that then allows me with my time outside work is my carrot I suppose.
9. How do you keep a work-life balance?
Have exactly that, a balance and don’t always be online and available and don’t feel guilty about it. Obviously in recruitment that’s tough but having a clear bridge between leisure and work time I think is key, especially in a world where we are hybrid in and out of the office. An activity straight after work whether it be a beer, bike ride, meal or walk is key rather than finishing and going straight in front of the television, it's too easy to dwell on something if you don’t break your day up and have separation.
10. Why Eames?
Anyone picking a recruitment company should look at the platform the company offers and the people you will work closest with. Eames has offered me the platform to move internationally and start to build and work within a market where we already have established clients and are teaching me best practices on how to work in a new market and culture I’ve never been exposed to.
The people part of it was easy, I met half the team when interviewing and had more calls to help me move over and settle so I felt I knew Luke, Nigel, Dan and Hazel before I’d even touched down. It was a huge draw for me knowing I would be working with these people week in week out.