A Few Minutes With Mark
It’s an exciting time to be part of Search in Leicester. Multiple new starts have just joined the team and an office refurbishment is on the horizon. However, the office wouldn’t be the success it is today without the core team members who have helped grow the Leicester business over the past few years.
One such team member is Mark Dayman, a Senior Consultant specialising in HR. We took some time to sit down with Mark and chart his career to-date. Read on to find out how he got into recruitment, what his job involves and what he thinks the future holds for Search in Leicester…
How did you get into recruitment?
- In 2005, after graduating from Aberystwyth University with a degree in Film and TV, I decided that I wanted to get into sales. I moved to Leicester in 2006 and started applying for recruitment roles, but was turned down, as I had no sales experience. After that, I went on to work as a bathroom salesman for a short while before applying for a job at Search. The second time was the charm and I was offered a trainee role one Friday and started work at Search Leicester the following Monday. We move fast here at Search!
How has your career progressed since then?
- I passed my probation period in less than three months and became a fully-fledged Search Consultant. Two years later, I was promoted to Senior Consultant level and invited to the Search Annual Awards due to my performance during the recession. I have also been invited to the Quarterly High Flyers, an event designed to reward Search’s top performers each quarter. Along with the Annual Awards, these events provide a fun competitive edge to our every day roles, as we’re always checking who’s going to reach the top spot! It’s also great for staff to receive such regular recognition. I certainly plan to be at both events again very soon!
What does your job involve?
- I recruit for HR roles across the Midlands, from South Yorkshire to the North London Home Counties. The roles I cover range from HR Administrator level up to HR Director and incorporate all of the specialist areas, such as Recruitment, L&D, Training and Reward. It’s a diverse area of recruitment and really keeps me on my toes.
What’s it like working at Search?
- I really enjoy my job and the culture of Search as an organisation. Although I have not worked for other recruiters, I understand that Search is genuinely different. Not just in the way we approach our work, but also in the culture and environment of the office and the people we hire.
We’re regularly given the opportunity to work with the local community, which is fantastic as we’re passionate about helping Leicester grow. We recently ran a successful internship program with our local Jobcentre Plus as part of the ‘Get Britain Working’ initiative, bringing on a new permanent member of staff as a result. We've also worked closely with Leicester University, supporting the recent Tomorrow’s Managers event and helping students become ‘job ready’.
What does the future hold?
- I’m continually striving to improve my skills and performance, with the long-term goal of reaching the level of Managing Consultant.
On a team level, the Leicester office has seen some fantastic growth in the past few months. We now have our own Associate Director, Karen Orton, who in the last 6 months has effected some really positive changes. I’m delighted to say we are now at our busiest in terms of staff numbers and workload that I can remember. The future is looking bright for the Leicester team and I am proud to have been a part of it for so long!