I had a few questions to ask Sanjeev Vegad, partner and director at Eames Consulting in the UK, and he shared his advice for someone just getting into recruitment, the challenges he has faced and why Eames.
1. How did you get into recruitment?
I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do after University – apart from being certain I did not want to become an Accountant like most of my friends! During my placement year at University, I was working in a client-facing role which I really enjoyed. Pairing that up with the ability to work in a fun and fast-moving environment meant recruitment ticked the main boxes for me.
2. What is your advice for someone just getting into recruitment?
There is no substitute for hard work. The hours, initially, are long and you need absolute commitment, but you can be assured that this will lead to success. Keeping a level head and having resilience is also key; don’t get too down when things aren’t quite going to plan, and don’t get too carried away when things are going well. Lastly, do not put work/life balance at the top of your list – this doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, but if you look at any walk of life, those who put the graft in and make sacrifices are generally the ones who are the high-performers. Over time you will achieve a work/life balance as you develop the ability to work smart.
3. What is it about recruitment that has kept you in the industry?
Most people will say the financial rewards, which is definitely a major factor. However, it’s also a fascinating and fun industry to be involved in. You can be sure that every day is different, and if you enjoy a challenge, you’ll definitely thrive.
4. What is your proudest moment in your career to date?
I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by an exceptional team, so the honest answer is there have been a fair few! On a personal level, being promoted four times in three years was pretty special.
5. What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career so far and how have you overcome that?
Both the Global Financial Crisis in 2008 and Covid-19 in 2020 were challenging periods, although Covid-19 was far more uncertain because we’d never seen anything like that before. Recruiting and leading through the GFC definitely stood me in good stead in 2020. I was able to draw on some of those experiences to ensure we still outperformed our original goals. I’m a better recruiter and leader because of those experiences.
6. What is your number 1 secret to success?
It’s not a secret – work hard and, at the same time, learn how to work smart.
7. What’s the best career advice you’ve ever been given?
Don’t expect exceptional results with less than exceptional graft!
8. What are you driven by, and how do you stay motivated?
I’m driven by a number of things;
The success of the team and seeing them realise their professional and financial goals
Results. I want us to be the very best we can be and compete every year to be amongst the best teams in the business
Recognition. there’s no better feeling than seeing your work translate into accolades and reward
9. How do you keep a work/life balance?
It can be tough. I have a fairly long commute which means some days are more testing than others, but in the main, having the ability to work from home a couple of days a week means I can free up time to do the school run or go to the gym. Working smart is the key, and this comes with experience.
10. Why Eames?
I’ve been with the company for over 10 years now and have seen it grow considerably in that time. One thing that has always remained constant is the calibre of people who work here. They’re a fantastic group of people who are great to work with. Our infrastructure is also second-to-none and perfectly geared up for not just growth but also enabling each and every individual to be as successful as possible.