National Careers Week: Recruitment

National Careers Week is an annual event empowering school, college, and university graduates to embark on their career journey with confidence and clarity. Scheduled from the 4th to the 9th of March 2024, NCW offers a diverse array of activities, workshops, and resources designed to empower individuals in their pursuit of fulfilling careers.

In light of this event, we’re sharing helpful articles that give aspiring recruiters an insight in to the competitive world of recruitment.

We’re also sharing Noah’s career story for those interested in starting a career in recruitment. Click here to skip to the video.

But first, let’s delve into the intricacies of the recruitment process and identify key skills necessary to thrive in the industry. By equipping yourself with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in recruitment, you’ll be better positioned to seize opportunities and make a lasting impact in this ever-evolving field.

Guides for Careers in Recruitment

Read: CV vs LinkedIn vs Recruiters

From crafting compelling CVs to optimising your LinkedIn profile and leveraging the expertise of recruiters, each tool offers distinct advantages that can elevate your job search journey. Delve deeper into understanding their unique benefits and learn how to maximise their potential to increase your chances of landing your dream job.

Read: CV Tips To Get Noticed

Your CV is crucial for securing your dream job, showcasing your skills, achievements, and qualifications to potential employers. Discover how to craft a standout CV with our expert tips to increase your chances of landing that coveted job interview. Read more for invaluable insights on presenting your best self on paper.

Need help formatting your CV for recruitment jobs? Download our free CV template.

Read: Top Skills in Recruitment 2024

From Trainee Consultant to Senior Consultant, certain skills set the stage for advancement. Learn about the top five traits that will elevate your career in recruitment.

Read: Career Paths in Recruitment

Uncover how performance, not just experience, drives success in this dynamic field. With commission-based bonuses potentially doubling your earnings, explore our career progression pathway and salary ranges.

Read: The Differences Between 180 and 360 Recruitment

Discover the two different types of recruitment processes and how you can efficiently attract top talent.

Careers in Recruitment – Noah’s Career Story

Jonathan Rhys Recruitment is a technology recruitment agency based in Southend-on-Sea, offering graduates the opportunity to build a successful career in recruitment.

What sets us apart is our commitment to excellence and our emphasis on personal and professional growth.

As an Essex recruitment agency, we aim to provide a range of benefits competitive with London agencies in order to attract the best talent. In return, we’re seeking committed and driven individuals who are passionate about building long lasting connections with colleagues, clients and candidates.

Interested in joining our team? Visit our Careers page to explore our job opportunities.

Partnership Renewal with Southend United

Exciting news! Jonathan Rhys Recruitment and Southend United Football Club are teaming up once again for an incredible year!

Jonathan Rhys Recruitment is excited to continue its support for the local football club, emphasising the importance of teamwork, dedication, and talent in achieving success. Rylee Doe, Commercial Executive at Southend United, expresses gratitude for the ongoing and generous support from Jonathan Rhys. The collaboration aligns with the club's long-term ambitions of working with companies deeply invested in the local community.

Southend United Football Club holds a significant place in Essex's football history, having witnessed both triumphs and challenges. Currently competing in the National League, the fifth tier of English football, the club has navigated recent hardships while remaining a central part of the Southend community.

Southend United FC photo at Jonathan Rhys Recruitment South Stand
Jonathan Rhys Recruitment South Stand at Roots Hall football stadium

We firmly believe that success stems from teamwork, dedication, and talent. Our enthusiasm for supporting the local football club remains unwavering as we eagerly anticipate the upcoming season. We commit to actively monitoring Southend United's progress, both on and off the field.

Rylee Doe, Commercial Executive at Southend United, expressed gratitude, stating, "I want to extend our sincere thanks, on behalf of everyone at the club, to Adam and Jon for their continued and generous support. Collaborating with companies deeply invested in the local community aligns with our long-term ambitions, and I am thrilled to sustain our positive relationship with Jonathan Rhys."

For those aspiring to pursue a career in recruitment, explore opportunities on our Careers page.

Celebrating 5 Years of Jonathan Rhys

Since 2018, Jonathan Rhys Recruitment has gone from gone from strength to strength. The company is now in it’s 5th year, and we’ve got big goals ahead, from expanding in to new markets, to exploring new partnership and growth opportunities.

We asked Managing Partners, Adam Pighini and Jon Foan, to share their thoughts and experiences about the journey so far…

Video Transcription

5 years of Jonathan Rhys Recruitment, describe the journey in 3 words.

Adam: “I’d probably say a rollercoaster ride because there’s so many ups and downs and you never really know what’s around the corner.”

Jon: “It’s been bloody hard work! Day 1 we’ve had some big challenges, but to get to where we are today is unbelievable!”


What would you say has been the secret to your success?

Jon: “Hardwork…”

Adam: “Everybody is determined to work their hardest every day.”

Jon: “… And certainly sticking together through the good times and the harder times.”


If you could start again, is there anything (about the company) you would change?

Jon: “Personally, there would be nothing I would change.”

Adam: “Hindsight is a wonderful thing, maybe I would have done it a year or two earlier but I believe that everything happens for a reason.”


What’s the best thing about working with each other?

Jon: “Adam is a clean freak so I don’t have to clean 😂.”

Adam: “I think Jon is a fantastic leader. He’s not only a phenomenal recruiter, he also has this ability to bring others along with him and help them succeed as well.”

Jon: “Adam is very organised which allows me to get on with my job.”


What’s the most annoying thing about working with each other?

Jon: “The most annoying thing about Adam is the way he eats rice cakes.”

Adam: “Jon’s most annoying habit is his ability to ruin any song that comes on the office radio.”


Share a funny memory with us…

Adam: “When someone noticed Kieran’s car rolling down the road and seeing him run down three flights of stairs to try and get to his car before it hit the fence. He forgot to put his handbrake on when he arrived in the morning!”


Where do you see Jonathan Rhys Recruitment in 5 years time?

Adam: “I hope in 5 years from now we are still in a really healthy position as a company and that we have retained all of the great characters that we have working for us today. Hopefully we would have grown a bit and added several new consultants to the team.”

Jon: “At the moment it is important that we are consistent in what we do in our current markets, and hopefully we would have explored new markets.”

Training Overview


Recruitment Consultant Ellie Minns gives us an overview of the training provided by Jonathan Rhys.

For more information on our current vacancies, please visit our Careers page.


Hi, my name's Ellie and I'm a Consultant at Jonathan Rhys Recruitment.

In regards to training, what happened when you first joined? 

So, before my first day at Jonathan Rhys, Adam kindly sent me over some key points, that I could do some revision on so that I was familiar with the basics of the IT industry.

From my first day onwards, Adam provided extensive 1-2-1 training sessions but broken down into short sessions, so that I wasn't bombarded with too much information at once. He would then build on this each session, always relaying questions back to me, so that he could ensure that I understood what we were going through.

How did the training benefit you personally?

If it wasn't for the training that Jonathan Rhys provided, some aspects of the role could have seemed really daunting or complicated but with each session, breaking it down into simple steps, I was then able to digest all of this information and then put my own twist on things when I went back to my desk to work.

What advice would you give anyone looking to join?

Regardless of your recruitment experience, if any, with the simplistic training that Jonathan Rhys provides, you'll be on the right step to success from the very first day of joining, and then the training is always there whenever you need it, regardless of how long you've been at the company for.

Company Vision for 2022

Partner and Managing Director Adam Pighini explains the company vision for Jonathan Rhys in 2022.

For more information on our current vacancies, please visit our Careers page.

How was 2021 for the company?

"2021 was a really successful year for the company. We had some amazing individual achievements but I think that maybe our biggest achievement was the fact that we were able to grow and bring through some young consultants, who had very limited experience before joining us, within recruitment.

We had three individuals who were able to achieve their first promotion within six months, so it does show that not only have we got some great individual talent but it also shows that as a company, we are able to help people develop and kick start their recruitment careers, which I think really important for the growth of Jonathan Rhys Recruitment."

What is the company vision for 2022?

Organic growth and emphasising a low staff turnover

"Organic growth and emphasising a low staff turnoverFor 2022, Jon and I have set out a bit of a plan to grow the company. Although, we do want to do this organically and we want to do this in the right way. We're very conscious not to have a high staff turnover to ensure that everyone we bring into the business, comes in with the idea of genuinely being here for the long-term, and progressing their career within this company.

We want to get the sales floor that we have, filled up. We've got capacity for twenty people at the moment. Currently, there are twelve consultants on the floor, and the idea would be that hopefully by the end of this year, we have eighteen to twenty consultants on the floor, that are all more than capable of looking after customers and delivering to our accounts."

Can you tell us more about the roles currently available within the team?

"We're hiring across the board for multiple positions. We are looking for people that want to kickstart their recruitment career, perhaps looking at graduates who are a little unsure about the direction to take their career or people who have worked within sales, who want to be rewarded better for their effort.

Furthermore, we're looking for experienced consultants who we feel that there is a real gap in the market for. People that want an opportunity that can give them all the financial rewards that they would expect to see in London, but they're closer to home. More importantly, the ability to cut costs of extensive travel, and achieve a better work/life balance."

Join us and be part of a company vision that values work-life balance and financial rewards. Follow us on LinkedIn for updates.

Maintain Employee Trust Over Profit

During these challenging times, we've observed a significant slowdown in recruitment across various companies, resulting in 60% fewer job opportunities than our usual intake. In the midst of this crisis, it becomes increasingly vital to ensure our candidates not only stand out but also navigate these uncertain times successfully.

Amidst the international business slowdown, we've identified a unique opportunity to foster genuine engagement and build employee trust on a more authentic and personal level. At this juncture, we are dedicating our efforts to understanding the long-term aspirations of both our clients and candidates, further solidifying the foundation of trust. We invite everyone to join us in this endeavor.

As we anticipate a shift in perspectives post-crisis, companies will be remembered and valued for their support and development of staff during these challenging times. The emphasis on stability within businesses will be more pronounced than ever before. Our commitment is to enhance employee trust for individuals entering new positions and to provide clients with a pool of skilled and dedicated candidates adept at navigating evolving business landscapes effectively.

If you, like many others, are feeling uncertain about your employment or wish to discuss your next steps openly, we encourage you to reach out to us via our contact form. Follow our LinkedIn for industry updates, as we collectively navigate this uncharted territory. Let's connect and support one another, building a foundation of employee trust that will endure beyond these unprecedented times.