Making the switch from corporate banking to recruitment

Ryan Hathrill

Ryan Hathrill is the director of our Perth office. Starting his financial services career in corporate banking, he talks about his transfer from the corporate and investment banking sector into recruitment and how it has benefited his professional and personal development.

Why did you make the move into recruitment?

Before I decided to change careers, I had been working in banking for over eight years, initially as a corporate banker in South Africa and then within finance operations in the UK. Whilst in London, I approached Robert Walters as a candidate. They placed me in a number of contract roles for financial institutions including UBS, Barclay’s Capital and BNP Paribas.

I got to know the Robert Walters team both professionally and personally and was impressed by the level of candidate care I received. I found that they really engaged with their contractors by inviting us to industry events and functions enabling us to meet like-minded professionals.

I was then approached by a recruitment consultant at Robert Walters regarding an exciting job opportunity within Robert Walters itself. They were looking for a manager to launch the South African office and thought I would be the perfect fit for it both professionally and culturally.

I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to develop my career and make a difference within the company so I decided to take on the challenge.

I was confident I could transfer my skills as I understand how banks and commercial finance functions work and how to identify suitable candidates that will thrive in this market.

How were your skills transferable?

My industry knowledge enabled me to build trust and credibility with both clients and candidates. I’m also passionate about sales and I enjoy interacting with people from varied backgrounds which is something recruiters do on a daily basis.

What do you love most about your role?

I really enjoy training new starters as well as coaching and mentoring consultants to help them grow their own part of the business as well as their career. I also find it motivating to work closely with my management team helping them to exceed their goals and ensuring we meet our targets for the Australia and New Zealand region.

What does the ideal recruitment consultant look like?

When hiring recruitment consultants, we look for industry professionals who have a proven ability to drive outcomes. To work for us, you need to be hard working, sociable, competitive and able to thrive in a team-based sales environment.

Why work for Robert Walters in Perth, Australia?

The consultants at Robert Walters Perth come from various corporate or sales backgrounds. Robert Walters offers excellent training and support to help you identify how your skills can be transferred to a recruitment role. If you possess excellent communication skills, enjoy teamwork and are eager to make a breakthrough in your career working for a global brand, then Robert Walters Perth would be a great choice for you.

Interested in a career in recruitment? Please send your up-to-date CV to jess.allan@robertwalters.com.

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