At Morgan McKinley we are currently recruiting for the role of Talent Acquisition Specialist based in London.
I was fortunate enough to work in this role a few years ago before moving into Learning & Development which has prompted me to share my insights.
As most recruiters would advise, write up a pros and cons list to consider all aspects. I have done the hard work for you, here are my thoughts:
Morgan McKinley is a market leader; we have a global brand with strong reputation for delivering and improving lives. I found if you're recruiting for a company internally you need to really believe and buy into what they do as you are an ambassador for the business. Our people are what make Morgan McKinley different, we offer real opportunity with real meaning and that is what gets us out of bed everyday! Don’t just take my word for it, find out what it's like working here by checking out our Glassdoor profile.
Our leadership team consists of highly experienced, knowledgeable leaders but most importantly they are down to earth and good fun to work with. You get to work closely with our UK COO, David Leithead and UK MD’s Hakan Enver and Victoria Walmsley. This allows you a greater level of business insight that you wouldn’t normally have exposure to. I found this really useful when attracting people plus the ability to strengthen my commercial awareness and insight into broader strategy is hugely valuable.
Although your number one priority is recruiting and pipelining key talent, you also have the opportunity to get involved in a number of projects / initiatives that support our People Team globally. Our key focus is showcasing our employer value proposition externally which you can absolutely shape and deliver, Onboarding plus many other projects are available for you to add value.
Final point, but very importantly, you get to work as part of an ambitious, hardworking team who I can say hand on heart is why I have worked at Morgan McKinley for so long. We strike the right balance between working hard, delivering and having a laugh! This role reports directly to Andrea Webb, our People Director, I have been fortunate enough to have worked with Andrea for over 10 years. She is very passionate about all things people related in particular delivering on strategic initiatives encompassing TA, HR & L&D.
You need to be resilient, we have very high standards so you will need to thoroughly screen and conduct all first interviews to ensure only the best people are put forward and shortlisted to our leadership team.
It's hard work. You will know this if you already work in a similar role. Anyone considering this route, moving away from agency recruitment should know it’s not an easier option. You need to be self disciplined and motivated to manage your targets /KPIs to ensure we have our existing roles covered but also ensure your are building a future pipeline too. The flip side is, as you are working internally it is so rewarding when you place someone and can then see how they progress and develop their career first hand.
The role is very busy; sounds obvious I know. You will have a great deal of autonomy so will need to be super organised and able to prioritise. It can be a demanding role at times but if you enjoy working in a fast paced environment you will thrive. As will your career as there are a number of long term development options to support you.