I have been working at The Oyster Partnership full-time (More than 5 years)
I recently celebrated my 5th year anniversary with Oyster Partnership. Looking back it is easy to see that my life could have been very different.
I nearly cancelled my interview with Oyster because it did not have the same appeal as Technology or IT recruitment. However, my first meeting with Sasza changed all that. I had attended a number of interviews across many sectors and met with different directors with vastly different backgrounds, yet they all paled in comparison to my first meeting with Oyster. I felt a strong sense of belief, passion and ambition from Sasza that was unmatched.
Despite the first meeting, nothing could have prepared me for my first 12 Months. I often felt at times that I could not live up to Oyster’s standards. I learnt a lot from my manager at the time, he was extremely knowledgeable and his stern management style forced me to question whether recruitment was the right career for me.
There has been a lot of change in my time; headcount has nearly tripled, influential people have joined and others left the business, the offices have been outgrown, investment in staff & career development to name a few. At times it would have been easier to join a competitor, many of my colleagues have but very few have succeeded.
My success came later than others but I am proud of my achievements. I have had the backing and support to grow new revenue streams, develop new staff & careers and lead an amazing group of individuals. The senior management team is at its strongest its ever been, I work alongside some incredibility talented individuals who continue to challenge and push me.
This business can change your life. Some of the most memorable moments of my life have occurred during the monthly incentives and quarterly holidays. The generosity of Oyster sometimes baffles me and I have in turn been able to show people a similar courtesy. Oyster has allowed me to become financially independent and enjoy the finer things in life. This opportunity is available to everyone, I have witnessed countless examples of people changing their lives. Even more valuable are some of the life lessons I have learnt and being able to stay grounded.
Fast forward today I can confidentially say recruitment is the right career for me. My journey has not been easy and I would not change any of it. I am sure the business will see substantial change but I look forward to next 5 years.
The working hours can often be long. You need to be willing to make sacrifices when starting out.
You will often have to handle rejection. Like any sales based role there is a lot of rejection, which can be difficult.
Some of your colleagues will progress fast that you. Do not let this deter you. Some of Oyster's best consultants have been slow starters.
Advice to Management
Continue to invest and empower future leaders of the business.
Maintain the collaborative environment across the senior management team.
I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at The Oyster Partnership (London, England) in September 2015.
Started with a Group Interview with team and individual based tasks,followed by 1 on 1 interviews, and monitored phone calls with a member of the team, to find out your telephone manner and how you deal with people gathering the right information
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