Consultant Stories – Stephen Morley |

Consultant Stories – Stephen Morley

Job Title: Divisional Manager
University: University of Portsmouth
Course: BA (Hons) Film Studies
Year Graduated: June 2014
Date Joined EA: June 2014

What initially attracted you to a career in recruitment?

Money, I was told that I would earn lots of money. I had a lack of direction leaving university, and this wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. I wasn’t sure what to do so this opportunity was ideal.

How did you find out about the role at England Associates?

I was approached while working in a restaurant / bar by someone who worked at England Associates. They were impressed by my customer service skills so asked for my number!

I got a telephone call the next day from Sales Director, Andy Harvey, and I felt it went pretty well. I was invited in to meet them the next day. It was quite an intensive interview process meeting with 3 different team members over 3 days including Simon England, CEO. Yet I walked away from the interview feeling that this was definitely something I wanted to pursue. I also got a feeling that you were part of something, not just an employee and I didn’t get that from any other companies I have interviewed with.

What do you think makes a good recruitment consultant?

Confidence. You really can’t have too much confidence in this job. We can teach you all the skills over time, but as long as you have confidence in what you do then you won’t go too far wrong.

What do you enjoy most about the role?

Every day is different. Very few office jobs are like this in that we have the freedom to manage our days. You also get to earn your worth. More than just career progression you get the freedom for unlimited earning potential.

What has it been like working for England Associates and the journey to where you are now?

Honestly? Hardwork… Like all things worth doing working in recruitment was hard, it’s a job you have to push yourself on every day, to get better and not get beaten. Fortunately working for EA has been fantastic. I have felt from day one that you are rewarded and recognised for hard work and can genuinely achieve what you want to in a collaborative team.

How have England Associates supported your success?

They have shown faith in me. I had no experience when they offered me the job, they invested in training me. Encouraged me and didn’t give up on me when things weren’t going so well at the beginning of my career. They have empowered

Advice to those looking to get into recruitment

There is a strong link between graduates and recruitment but it’s not often people’s first choice. However it quickly becomes clear this is a valid career path. It is equally interesting to those that are looking for career progression and the money is just a by-line. However no matter what your background if you can prove you want it bad enough, have the resilience to break through the tougher days and the confidence to tackle it head on you can definitely break into the recruitment industry.