Ask people about being a recruitment consultant and you’ll hear stories of long hours, pushy salespeople and an ultra-competitive, target-driven culture. We can honestly say that Harris Hill is different on all levels. If you’ve worked in recruitment before, you’ll find our open, friendly and supportive culture a genuine breath of fresh air, and if you haven’t, it’s a superb place to start.
As a company of just over 40 people, one of the first things you’ll notice is that everyone matters. What you achieve will have a direct impact on the bottom line of the business, so it’s in everyone’s interest to help you succeed. While there’s some healthy competition between teams, there’s no jealous guarding of individual commissions; we share information and support each other to achieve the best possible results for our clients and candidates, both because that’s our mission, and because we believe it delivers the best results for us too.
You’ll also find we have a very positive approach to new ideas and ways of working; and we’re flexible enough to implement them. Whether you’re a senior manager or junior resourcer, if you’ve got ideas for improvements to processes, candidate attraction, marketing, social events or any other areas, they’ll not only be welcomed and encouraged, but frequently put into practice, so you really do have the opportunity to make a difference.
There are a few standard company processes you’ll need to learn of course, but beyond that there’s no single fixed style of working: unlike some recruiters we won’t be monitoring your calls per hour or insisting on arbitrary targets. Everyone’s different and, in our view, much more effective when treated as an adult and given the responsibility and trust to succeed. Provided you’re achieving the goals you’re aiming for, how you get there is very much down to your own working style.
For many people, a better work/life balance is one of the key appeals of the charity sector and you’ll find it with us too. We work regular office hours which many of our staff balance with family, sporting, social or charitable commitments, and while we’d never stop you working into the evening if that’s your preference, it’s absolutely not expected. Throughout the year there’ll be a handful of out-of-hours events, like client networking evenings or the charity softball league finals where we’ll sometimes expect your support, but we think that’s a pretty fair deal.
Speaking of social events, we’re a friendly bunch and enjoy regular Christmas and summer parties, quiz nights, a running club, charity activities and all sorts of after-work socialising on a regular basis.
What else can we tell you? There’s a generous holiday allowance, plus extra days between Christmas and New Year and your birthday off, and we’re based right on the riverside in Vauxhall. The building’s widely known as ‘Charity Towers’ on account of being 17 floors high and home to the likes of Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie and Comic Relief; and being just two minutes from the station, various supermarkets, coffee shops, bars, gym and more, it’s an easy location to access and work in.
Last but by no means least, as well as earning commission on your placements, we have an extensive range of rewards and incentives for new starters and experienced staff alike: recently including a trip by first-class Eurostar to Paris and the Champagne region!