In celebration of International Women’s Day, we catch up with BMC’s senior finance consultant, Sophie Goymer, to explore what it takes to make it in recruitment:
What’s your career background?
I graduated from Northumbria University with a degree in Fashion, it’s a time in my life that I really cherish. I met so many fantastic people and was so inspired by witnessing fledgling businesses and brands grow and develop. The challenge, determination, and grit it takes to grow a business is inspiring to watch.
I worked in sales from a young age and started working within the Banking sector when I was 16, moving up in outbound sales roles up until age of 23 when I started in recruitment. I began my recruitment career working for a large national recruiter in Technology recruitment, and then moved into Senior Finance. In 2017, I joined BMC Recruitment Group, inspired by Managing Director, David Blair, and the impressive growth the business had already enjoyed, I knew the business was going somewhere and I felt right at home from the beginning.
o What do you love about recruitment?
I love a challenge – I have always been driven by achieving and overachieving – but for me, it’s not just about hitting targets. I get a buzz from finding the perfect candidate for my client and helping my candidates find the ideal role for them, at any stage of their career.
I truly enjoy understanding business needs and matching my candidates skill-set, aspirations and personalities to their dream role!
Meeting new people has always been something I’ve enjoyed – recruitment gives me that opportunity on a daily basis. It is always interesting. I love working in a fast-paced environment and putting everything into my role to get good results.
Recruitment is not an easy job, despite what people think – it takes a lot of time and hard work, but I love that. I like to know each week, that I have done something better than the week before and improved in one way or another. I work with a great team of people, all who have the same goals, and we work together to achieve the same thing – being the best we can be in the industry.
Working in recruitment is tough, having a good sense of humour and being able to laugh about things is a big thing for me. Something the team at BMC do very well!
o Why do you think International Women’s Day is important?
Women have not always shared the same rights, and still don’t in some respects, here in the UK and in other countries. It’s really important to highlight the ongoing issues, topics and agenda to raise awareness of this, by uniting people through an earmarked day – we have an opportunity to put the spotlight on progress.
Here in the UK, Gender pay disparity is still an issue. Women are usually, still the primary caregivers in the home, despite usually working full time as well.
It’s a big movement on a global scale and for myself and for many females I’m sure it’s very encouraging to see other females taking up posts in senior roles that were once predominantly male-orientated.
o What’s been your most successful/proudest moment so far?
Placing my candidates in some of the region’s largest businesses including Arriva and Bellway – this was also the first time BMC had placed with these clients – so it was a fantastic achievement for me. I also won an award for my achievements at BMC at the end of 2017, despite having only been at the business for a few months – that’s the great thing about working here, hard work is recognised and communicated.
o What’s been the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome?
When I embarked upon a career in recruitment, the early days were a huge learning curve for me. It is hard and takes a huge amount of tenacity and passion. Late nights are often involved and you never switch off – but that’s part and parcel of working in this industry, its 24/7.
Starting a career in recruitment is very tough, but you get back what you put in and I was determined I would do well. It was this vision paired with a supportive network of family, friends, and colleagues which has helped me to get where I am so far – I firmly believe in surrounding yourself with radiators not drains!
o Why is work so important to you?
We spend the majority of our time at work. I love working with people who share a similar mind-set to me, and are just as passionate about their work. The BMC team is made up of consultants and wider colleagues all who have on average ten years of experience.
I’m a very proud, determined individual and always want to better myself – I want to do well and succeed, so I take what I do very seriously. I like to justify my socialising and weekends by working hard Monday- Friday! I’m a firm believer in continuous learning and there are plenty of amazing minds to learn from at BMC.
o Which female inspires you?
Within my career, I’ve had the privilege to work with many talented, inspirational and forward-thinking females – all who were happy to impart their knowledge, skills, and experience on me – something that has shaped who I am today. We supported each other a lot over the years and worked well together. When you have a shared passion – you learn from each other, listen and share advice.
It’s this experience that means I am confident and comfortable enough in my own ability to share my knowledge to colleagues and those starting out in the industry.
The North East’s business community is bustling with so many talented, inspirational female leaders – such as Pink Boutique’s Alice Hall; who founded the £15 million fast-fashion empire with a £90 investment.
What are your three top pieces of advice for someone wanting to do something similar?
Be confident- in your ability, and also in your communication skills. Learning is a massive thing in recruitment, I took advantage of working with more experienced consultants and was not afraid to ask for advice and help when I needed it! They are now, very good friends!
TALK! Speak to as many people as possible in various businesses. Be a sponge!
Have a sense of humour! Recruitment can be extremely tough and whilst there can be some lows, it’s good to review, analyse the situation to learn from it and then move on from it! Plus the highs of recruitment industry can be amazing.
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