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A Japanese Dilemma

Senior Finance and Accounting Recruitment Consultant, Brendan Walsh, was at a crossroads before joining Morgan McKinley in our Tokyo office.

Which recruitment firm did he want to join when he was relocating back to Japan? Who should he speak with? It was an endless amount of questions, but in the end Brendan Walsh made his choice. Read on to find out how he is getting on in the Tokyo office.

At the start of this year, I was faced with a tough decision.

I was relocating back to Tokyo and actively interviewing with a few recruitment firms. All of them were promising very similar things; hot desks, cultures of excellence, career progression, a platform for success. In the end I accepted an offer from Morgan McKinley because they were the one firm which seemed to offer something different.

Despite being a global firm, Morgan McKinley retains it’s own boutique feel.

Everything is more personal here, from being on first name terms with your global bosses, to the follow up and interactions with clients and candidates.

One thing that struck me when I joined is the different philosophy here. Consultants are seen as entrepreneurs who are here to build their individual desks. Consultants are running their own business. They need to take care of the business development, the marketing, ensuring the infrastructure is right and processes are efficient and effective.

Rather than the “order taker” model of recruitment MMK, provides consultative advice to clients and candidates. At the end of the day you want to feel like you are adding value to your clients and candidates and not just doing it, “by the numbers.”

We’re small enough that people are encouraged to run with ideas. There isn’t a great deal of red tape in place and a strong Kaizen/Process Improvement philosophy runs throughout the organisation.

See something that could be done better? Come up with a plan, project manage it and make it happen!

The atmosphere at Morgan McKinley is mature and professional, nobody is allowed to take themselves too seriously or grow too much of an ego. The feel in the Tokyo office is closer to a start-up. There is a sense that the business is poised to take off and for a lot of people it is attractive to be getting in on the ground floor.

A lot of work remains to be done, but finally the rocket ship is on the launch pad!

  • Jan 13, 2014
  • Careers , Japan
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