I had a few questions to ask Heather Yardley, managing consultant in the UK and she shared her advice for someone just getting into the recruitment industry, the proudest moment of her career and why she chose to work at Eames.
1. How did you get into recruitment?
I fell into recruitment after searching for a career which offered development opportunities and was fast-paced enough to keep me interested and engaged. I started my career within a not-for-profit which supported charities with the development of their fundraising strategy, this introduced me quite softly into sales, which I now love!
2. What is your advice for someone just getting into recruitment?
Do what works for you, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone on your first day, don’t be embarrassed to make mistakes, ask as many questions as you can in the early days and take note as these will be the foundations you will continue to develop throughout your career.
3. What is it about recruitment that has kept you in the industry?
It’s a very rewarding and people-centric industry, you get out of this job what you put in, hard work is always rewarded and there is no better feeling than knowing you have helped someone secure their dream job.
4. What is the proudest moment in your career to date?
After 3 years in recruitment, I secured my role with Eames and I made the decision to relocate to London from Glasgow. This was a big step for me professionally and personally.
5. What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career so far and how have you overcome that?
Changing jobs in the middle of a pandemic was incredibly challenging and had risk factors attached to it, particularly working remotely. Getting stuck in initially was easy, but maintaining momentum and staying motivated could be tough when restrictions were in place. It’s essential not to be too hard on yourself.
6. What is your number 1 secret to success?
Utilising my diary! It’s very easy to get side-tracked in recruitment, as we are constantly spinning plates, but I (try) plan my days, phone calls and meetings in advance to help me keep on top of my work!
7. What’s the best career advice you’ve ever been given?
Every day is a learning day. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice or support if you need it.
8. What are you driven by and how do you stay motivated?
I’m driven by personal and professional growth and challenging myself to hit milestones. It’s a rewarding job, there is always something different happening each day which keeps it interesting! I know that if I’m productive, put the work in and do my best then it will all pay off.
9. How do you keep a work-life balance?
I love being outside, so taking time out over lunch to get out for some fresh air is a must for me. I’ll try to stay organised throughout the day, so when I finish up, I have my evenings for myself to exercise or relax.
10. Why Eames?
Eames culture stood out to me by far when I began considering a move to another agency. Their reputation within the industry is incredibly strong too, with amazing connections to clients I dreamed of working with before I joined! Additionally, the culture is very social and welcoming with loads of team incentives to work towards, this was important to me in moving to a new city.