Posted on: March 1 2019
What’s Happening in September … with Shane Frost, Account Manager at Bluetree
What attracted you to joining your company?
A lot of recruitment agencies strive to create a ‘wolf of wall street’ culture – high pressure sales, long hours, dirty tricks and high-fiving at every opportunity. I became a dad in August and I wanted to find a company that was as far away from all that as possible. Bluetree is all about teamwork, transparency and respecting work-life balance. The focus is on genuinely doing a great job for clients and candidates, then going home at a reasonable hour and enjoying family life. Perfect for me.
What gives you the most satisfaction in your job?
Being able to make a difference. Recruitment is a people business and the way we interact with candidates and clients can have a real impact.
What advice can you give to individuals looking for jobs right now?
Devise a strategic, targeted approach and think about those small things you can do, the things that 99% of your rival applicants won’t have done. Call the recruiter / hiring manager, ask if you can send your CV directly to them rather than via a job board, do your research, connect with relevant people on Linkedin, utilize your own contacts – ask for favours, be creative and play to your strengths. I once had an SEO Strategy candidate who used his SEO abilities to get his own website higher up on Google than the website of the company he was applying to. That’s not a bad way to show them what you can do! Try to keep a sense of humour throughout the process and remember that your job, or lack of job, doesn’t define you.
What are you looking forward to most this year?
Innovating! We recruit for the digital industry, so we like to think we’re a bit digital ourselves. I love to sit with the team and come up with new ideas for our own marketing and brand awareness. You should see how excited we get when we discover a new piece of creative software that we can play with. Bless us, we try!
What’s your favourite brand?
I don’t think I have one. In fact, I actively practice brand disloyalty. I buy clothes without logo’s and change my phone provider at every opportunity. … Alright, fine, it’s Ben & Jerry’s.
What music makes you feel most creative at work?
I love a bit of Foo Fighters. They make a right old racket and the reactions of my colleagues are highly amusing.
What quote inspires you the most?
“If life was fair, you would be far worse off.” It came to me when my wife was complaining one time. It’s not exactly Gandhi is it, but I’m claiming it as an inspirational quote nonetheless!