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Bella Wickens

Recruitment Consultant

In my opinion, the best thing about working here is the inclusiveness. Since joining, there hasn’t been a single person who hasn’t been kind or offered to help.

There are many employers out there... What made you choose Opus?

My main reason for choosing Opus was the nature of their vision, which is competitive and ambitious. There’s also a big emphasis on rewarding everyone’s efforts, both large and small.

Tell us what you think about our company culture.

I think the culture is more diverse compared to others, and this is demonstrated with the appointment of Amy Golding as CEO. I’m excited to see more changes in the future!

Tell us a bit about your role…

My role as a trainee recruitment consultant is a case of matchmaking; the right candidate for the right client, and the right client for the right candidate.

My sector is embedded software and electronic engineering, so it’s a fascinating area to work in. I’m forever learning new skills and of exciting industry projects, even if it doesn’t always make sense at first!

What do you get up to on a typical day?

My typical day begins at 7:30, trawling through LinkedIn and trying to add managers before the day starts. I then split my morning between ringing clients and candidates, and sending out CVs to jobs / finding jobs.

The afternoon looks similar but is more a case of wrapping up the day by ensuring interviews are confirmed and booked in, and CVs are sent to them.

What’s the best thing about working here?

In my opinion, the best thing about working here is the inclusiveness. Since joining, there hasn’t been a single person who hasn’t been kind or offered to help. It’s always scary starting a new job, but I immediately felt welcome and part of the team.

What’s your opinion on our L&D?

There is endless training and support, and to be able to combine that with such personable people is something you cannot fault, or find elsewhere.

Mat and Lou have made my experience of learning both enjoyable and 100% beneficial. It’s so clear to see that we wouldn’t be where we are as consultants without them!

What are the two most important things you’ve taken away from training?

The training taught me a massive amount. However, to highlight a couple of key points, it would have to be 1) how to structure to a basic phone call and empathise with objection handling, and 2) how to structure my schedule to get the most out of each day.

What incentivises you at work?

Ultimately, the main thing that incentivises me is to be better than I was yesterday.

Whether it’s a new turn of phrase, a new list to call on, or a new way of doing a Boolean search, I can hand on heart say I’ve learnt something new each day – and I love that.

I love the fact that every piece of advice I take on will subsequently ensure I’m a better recruiter than I was yesterday, and I naturally want to be the best I can be!

What's been your biggest achievement?

I think my biggest achievement would have to be my second deal.

Working on perm means everything goes reasonably slowly. However, I managed to sell a CV in over the phone on a Friday, call the candidate and client on the Monday morning, change the interview process from a three-stage to a two-stage with the final being on Thursday, and the deal was done Friday.

Extremely quick, but the buzz you get from a deal makes all the hard work worth it!

What do you think makes someone successful at Opus?

In my eyes, to be successful at Opus, you have to be a team player.

Everything is focused on team success, whether that’s a group target, a group incentive, or perhaps even individually – ultimately, your inputs result in a group output, enhancing the ‘everyone’s a winner’ philosophy.

To anyone thinking about applying, what would you tell them?

I would ask what their key motivators are for joining Opus. If they’re team-focused, money motivated and hardworking, you can’t go wrong.

You need to be able to adapt to feedback and mentoring because everyone who gives advice is only doing so to help.

What do you do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I tend to focus on exercise and seeing family and friends. Merging the two around a long day and a busy schedule can be difficult, so I seize the opportunity on weekends!

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