What inspired you to work with Recruit for Spouses?
I had been aware of Recruit for Spouses since about 2013 and loved the idea of supporting military spouses to get back to the workplace, or help find new work on posting. A quick succession of moves from 2014 to 2016, (including having a baby) meant that my work history was a little patchy and during that time I struggled to get interviews despite a strong CV; so I made sure I was a candidate with RfS to look out for training opportunities and jobs. When the administrator role was advertised at the beginning of this year I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the amazing team championing the cause of spouses in work!
What do you do at Recruit for Spouses?
I am often the first point of contact for Spouses if they call us or send an email to our enquiries inbox. I liaise with companies and clients to learn what they are looking for in candidates and try to find the best people to fit their roles. I also keep the vacancies board updated on the website.
What did you do before you joined Recruit for Spouses?
Prior to starting with RfS I was a stay at home mum due to three moves in quick succession. I am actually a qualified physiotherapist but after a period of ill health was forced to retire that career at only 23. It took a year and over 300 applications to get back into work as a part time receptionist. I worked my way up to Customer Services Co-ordinator and Office Manager within the company in 18 months before we were posted. It was at this point that I moved into the world of recruitment after being taken on as an interim Candidate Consultant and then moved to manage the temporary staffing desk.
What’s the most remarkable/crazy/surprising thing you’ve ever had to do? (either at work or outside)
One of the best things I have ever done is lead an international trip to Siberia and Moscow for Girlguiding UK. One of the most bizarre work related things I’ve done is be a company mascot to turn on their Christmas lights – as no one else fitted in the suit!
What is your military connection?
My husband is in the army and we have been together 9 years.
What’s the best thing about working at Recruit for Spouses?
Knowing that you are making a real difference – not just in spouses lives but by changing attitudes of employers too