Archive for 2007

Personality of the week – Public Relations

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Public relations is amongst the most popular career choices for graduates. While this area may be viewed as glamorous and exciting, it is also worth noting that intense competition exists to enter, that high standards are demanded and hours can be long. the CIPR (Chartered Insitute of Public relations) estimates that there are over 48,000 people working in PR roles in the UK.

Public Relations professionals can work ‘in-house’ or for a consultancy/agency. Some consultancies specialise in one sector, e.g. healthcare, IT, consumer.

PR activities include:

  • interacting with the media;
  • writing and editing;
  • planning, research and evaluation;
  • event management.
  • Lobbying is also within the PR sector, and involves persuading policy makers and/or putting a particular viewpoint across to influential people such as MPs. Lobbying can be done in-house, e.g. for a charity or NGO, or by a specialist consultancy.

This weeks feature is Hana Esselink an experienced PR, writer and communications officer with a colourful freelance background.

Name: Hana Esselink

Industry: PR, press and communications

Job Title: Freelance writer and communications officer

  1. What was the last album you bought? Sam’s Town, the Killers
  2. Who is your favourite celebrity? Nelson Mandela and Angelina Jolie
  3. What books are on your bedside table? How to interpret the Tarot, Salmon fishing in the Yemen
  4. What is your favourite accent? New Zealand (on men)
  5. Items for Room 101? A photo of my grandma
  6. What is your favourite holiday? India (Taj Mahal)
  7. Who is your least favourite person? Wouldn’t like to say, ok then, George Bush
  8. What was the last thing that made you smile? A guy at speakers corner
  9. What was the last film that you saw? Michael Clayton (and it was brill)
  10. What is your biggest irritation? Flaky people
  11. How did you get started in this industry? At Ealing council as a freelance journo working on the first Holocaust memorial day exhibition
  12. What tips would you give someone starting out in this industry? Work hard, don’t worry about ego-tripping journos and stay true to yourself
  13. What has been the best moment of your career to date? There’s two – working on the climate change bill – (the UK is leading the way on climate change world-wide) and the Holocaust exhibition at Ealing council
  14. What is the most valuable skill you have learnt in your career? The ability to communicate verbally and in writing to a variety of people across the board
  15. What three adjectives might other people use to describe your personality? Passionate, driven, honest
  16. And what three adjectives would you use to describe your job? n/a all contracts are different!
  17. What do you hope to achieve in your career in the next decade? The ability to reach a variety of audiences and to make a difference (no matter how small) to an interesting organisation
  18. When did you last go on holiday and where did you go? Two weeks ago to Brazil and then Amsterdam
  19. What do you spend your money on? Clothes, sponsoring a child, travelling, life coaching sessions
  20. If I knew then what I know now… I would have been a wiser person, but I believe we only know what we’re meant to know at certain points in our lives! Try that for quote of the day!

Peronality of the week – Presentation Manager

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

This week our ‘Personality of the Week’ is a Presentation Manager within the Television industry. A Presentation Manager is responsible for a team of Presentation Schedulers and manages the Presentation Scheduling Department. They are responsible for what is seen on screen by us, the audience. The role involves a high level of attention to detail and reactivity to changes that may appear in the schedule as well as responsibility for the ultimate appearance of the channel before it is transmitted. It also involves line management responsibilities, and requires strong communication and people management skills.

If you are interested in a role as a Presentation Manager then please contact us at info@boycerecruitment.co.uk

Name: Paul Nolan

Job title: Presentation Manager

Industry: Television

 

  1. Favourite animal: Pug dogs
  2. Favourite book: The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
  3. Favourite film: Little Miss Sunshine.
  4. Favourite food: Everything, I have a stomach to match a goats, but Tapas is a current beau.
  5. Favourite accent: French
  6. Most memorable holiday: Cyprus; going to the gorgeous capital Nicosia and wandering down old, narrow streets, visiting Crusader forts and the amazing food (Meze).
  7. Favourite catchphrase: The last lines of a Robert Frost poem called The Road Not Taken where Robert Frost declares that taking the road "less traveled by… made all the difference".
  8. Items I can’t live without: A picture of my old pug dog (see photo), my oyster card & my sudoku book.
  9. What are the first three things you do in the morning: hit my alarm clock, thump my alarm clock, fall back to sleepppppzzzzzz.
  10. How did you get started in the industry? I dated a girl in a recruitment agency who happened to get me a temp job at Sky working in acquisitions!
  11. What do you enjoy the most about your job? The fact that the marketplace is so competitive which means you have to be constantly on top of your game.
  12. What three adjectives would other people use to describe you? Dedicated, proficient, thoughtful.
  13. What three adjectives describe the skills you need to do your job? Communication, accuracy and a thick skin.
  14. What is the most valuable thing you have learnt in your career? Learn who the goodies and the baddies are in your organisation and choose sides accordingly.
  15. What tips would you give to someone starting out in this industry? Make a career plan & constantly revisit it, revise it and most of all action it.
  16. What has been the best moment of your career to date? Gaining praise in a packed meeting full of peers and bosses after project managing a very successful commercial ad campaign. I glowed for days.
  17. What do you hope to achieve on your career in the next decade ? Perhaps one day becoming a channel director overseeing lots of broadcast departments.
  18. When did you last go on holiday and where did you go? I last went to Poznan (Poland) for a Polish / Italian wedding which was also a short break. To my embarrassment I was out-sung, out-danced and out-drunk by the Italians. The shame still lives with me.
  19. What do you spend your money on? Loose women and fast cars.
  20. If I knew then what I know now I ……I would have listened to my Grandmother&rsquos; advice about women and relationships.

Personality of the week – European Bond Support Manager

Monday, October 15th, 2007

This week our Personality of the Week works for a financial information company. They are a leading global provider of financial market data, analytics and related services to financial institutions, active traders and individual investors. Our personality works in the Fixed Income evaluations department where he is the manager of the European Bond Support team. He is responsible for dealing with client requests and queries daily, and helping to support the evaluations team with any issues they may have. This role requires excellent market knowledge and strong client services skills.

If you are interested in a role like this, then please contact us at info@boycerecruitment.co.uk

Name : Paul Graham

Job title: Manager – European Bond Support

Industry : Finance

 

  1. Favourite animal: Orangutans
  2. Favourite book: Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha – Roddy Doyle
  3. Favourite film: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  4. Favourite food: Thai
  5. Favourite accent: Yorkshire
  6. Most memorable holiday: Salar de Uyuni (Salt Plains) in Bolivia
  7. Favourite catchphrase: Don’t have one…
  8. Items for room 101: People with catchphrases, kids with hooters at football matches, people who carry small dogs everywhere.
  9. What are the first three things you do in the morning: Yawn, swear, put the radio on
  10. How did you get started in the industry? Boyce found me a graduate position actually!
  11. What do you enjoy the most about your job? The people
  12. What three adjectives would other people use to describe you? Calm, approachable, musical (possibly)
  13. What three adjectives describe the skills you need to do your job? Self-motivated, analytical, team-focused
  14. What is the most valuable thing you have learnt in your career? Ensure you’re working with the right people
  15. What tips would you give to someone starting out in this industry? Don’t become complacent – decide what you want to get out of the industry, focus on it, and become an expert in that area; if it turns out that’s not for you, move into another area.
  16. What has been the best moment of your career to date? Seeing various members of my team develop, achieve and improve
  17. What do you hope to achieve in your career in the next decade ? To still to want to come into work everyday!
  18. When did you last go on holiday and where did you go? South of France, and last week
  19. What do you spend your money on? Music, food and drink
  20. If I knew then what I know now I…would like to think I’d do exactly the same things again

Featured personality of the week – Alana Bowman

Monday, October 8th, 2007

This week our Personality is a Recruitment Consultant here at Boyce!

Job-hunting is something that every single one of us has been through. It can be a very stressful and challenging time, both for you and for the company that is searching for a new employee. Recruitment agencies work to facilitate that process – finding the right fit for both candidates and clients.  It is a cross-sector business that involves a real range of companies and a constant mix of personalities.

As a people-focused career, Recruitment requires a broad spectrum of skills from team-working to individual drive. It is a fast-growing industry that is always challenging, but can offer great rewards, both in terms of personal satisfaction and remuneration.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) is the industry professional body, and an REC affiliated company adheres to a Code of Professional Conduct that insists on the highest calibre of service and emphasizes integrity and professionalism.

The REC also offers training and professional qualifications for Recruitment Consultants to hone their skills and prove their commitment in striving to provide an ever better service. REC qualified Consultants are considered to be front runners in the Recruitment industry.

If you are interested in working in Recruitment, please email us at info@boycerecruitment.co.uk.

 

Name : Alana

Job title: Recruitment Consultant

Industry: New Media Recruitment

  1. Favourite animal: Snakes (yes, I know they are reptiles!). The love of my life is my Boa Constrictor called Slim!
  2. Favourite book: Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh
  3. Favourite film: Reservoir Dogs – a true classic
  4. Favourite food: Thai
  5. Favourite accent: Irish (family) and Geordie (mates)
  6. Most memorable holiday: Vancouver – I went to see family who I hadn’t seen in ages, which of course made it great. It’s a beautiful place, and we stayed in a fantastic log cabin with its own hot tub on a private island – perfect!
  7. Favourite catchphrase: “Cool and deadly!” (supercool for those who aren’t in the know!)
  8. Items for room 101: Morrissey (he’s just so annoying!), Kids on heelies (every kid I’ve ever known has broken something whilst on those!) and Tuna (this really is just for cats…)
  9. What are the first three things you do in the morning: Throw the alarm clock across the room, make an “aaragh” sound whilst standing in front of my wardrobe, and then put some music on.
  10. How did you get started in the industry? I registered for work with an agency who offered me the job of Recruitment Consultant there and then – in fact, they wouldn’t let me leave until I accepted it! It was a great company – within 3 months, I was flatmates with the guy who registered me!
  11. What do you enjoy the most about your job? Being part of a diverse team, and the buzz of converting a client or making a placement (it’s addictive!)
  12. What three adjectives would other people use to describe you? Loyal, Competitive, and Smooth
  13. What three adjectives describe the skills you need to do your job? Passion, Drive and Commitment
  14. What is the most valuable thing you have learnt in your career?  PERSEVERANCE! Also, the old cliché is definitely true – you get back what you put in!
  15. What tips would you give to someone starting out in this industry? Don’t do it… only joking! I would advise them to plan ahead and to persevere
  16. What has been the best moment of your career to date?  Getting the job at Boyce (see, smooth!)
  17. What do you hope to achieve on your career in the next decade ?  World domination! Or failing that, heading up a team of New Media consultants here at Boyce.
  18. When did you last go on holiday and where did you go? Three long years ago! A girl’s holiday to Zante (Zakynthos) where I laid in the sun all day and danced all night!
  19. What do you spend your money on? Stuff! I have no idea where it actually goes, but I do have 50 pairs of shoes that cause me great pain (but, of course, look fab!)
  20. If I knew then what I know now I … would have got into Recruitment a lot earlier (and I wouldn’t have bought all those shoes!)

Featured personality of the week – Celine Lheritier

Monday, October 1st, 2007

This week, our Personality of the Week is an International Mobility Consultant within a consultancy firm. International/Global Mobility is also known as Relocations, and a consultancy within this sector specialises in the delivery of fully (or partially) integrated relocation and moving services within the corporate market place. These services are wide ranging. They include cultural, language and business training, and the management of all aspects of expatriate administration and global mobility. Amongst other services, this covers pre-assignment assistance, tax and payroll advice, home-finding, visa and immigration assistance, moving services, repatriation services and a full range of in-country support.  

These services are provided on a global basis for many of the world’s leading multinational organisations and government agencies. In addition, there can also be in-house positions available for International Mobility Consultants with blue-chip firms who have an extensive network of expatriates around the world. Those employed within this field need to have an understanding of the corporate world and their client’s business needs, as well as a strong knowledge of the international marketplace and an awareness of different cultures and working practices.

If you are interested in working within International Mobility, please contact our team at info@boycerecruitment.co.uk

Name: Céline Lheritier

Job title: International Mobility Senior Consultant

Industry: Consultancy

  1. Favorite animal: I love my red cat  - “a 6kg heart with hair”
  2. Favorite book: In her shoes or Memoirs of a Geisha
  3. Favorite film: Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth
  4. Favorite food: Chocolate
  5. Favorite accent: English or Italian people speaking French
  6. Most memorable holiday: Hiking in Utah, climbing on Ayers Rock – Uluru, Horse-riding in Arizona – Monument valley.
  7. Favorite catchphrase: The best way to predict your future is to create it.
  8. Items for room 101: Unfair situations and people, and insincere people
  9. What are the first three things you do in the morning? Try to open one eye, boil the water for the tea and feed the cat.
  10. How did you get started in the industry? I started out as an Intern, and was then given a great opportunity when they offered to hire me.
  11. What do you enjoy the most about your job?  The fact that I get to work in an intercultural and international environment.
  12. What three adjectives would other people use to describe you? Enthusiastic, Resourceful, Honest
  13. What three adjectives describe the skills you need to do your job? Accurate, Flexible, Patient, Autonomous, Strong analysis skills (that’s more than three!)
  14. What is the most valuable thing you have learnt in your career?  Be mindful of what you are saying and to who, as it can come back like a boomerang – its important to stay professional
  15. What tips would you give to someone starting out in this industry?  Always keep trying!
  16. What has been the best moment of your career to date?  The creation of the first website within my company for expatriates. It was my first experience of project management, and the budget management restraints made me very creative! We were a team of 5 people from different backgrounds, with different experiences and from different cultures, so in lots of ways it was very challenging. We successfully achieved our project in 12 months, and then it became a Group project and other entities within the Group have been working on it for the last 4 years.
  17. What do you hope to achieve on your career in the next decade?  I hope to face lots of challenges, and of course successfully overcome them!
  18. When did you last go on holiday and where did you go? I’m going on holiday tomorrow -  hiking in Mexico.
  19. What do you spend your money on? Adventurous Travel!
  20. If I knew then what I know now I ….  would be much more relaxed and take it easy a bit more!