about 1 year ago by Melissa Rodrigues

From School Leaver to Recruitment Manager

From School Leaver to Recruitment Manager blog Header image. Featuring Chris Casey – promoted recruitment manager at Search – wearing glasses & navy blue suit. Search Consultancy.

Team Search is brimming with pride to announce that Chris Casey has been promoted to Senior Divisional Manager.

Upon finishing school, Chris dove straight into the weird and wonderful world of recruitment as a temp Administrator for Search in 2004. Over the course of 15 years, he steadily progressed through the ranks and now manages a team that sits comfortable in the top three billing desks within the business.

We sat down with Chris to find out why he decided to pursue recruitment over a university degree, his secrets for career progression, and the exciting plans for his team moving into 2020.

Why did you choose recruitment over a degree?

My grades weren’t great upon finishing college, yet I somehow secured a spot at Manchester Metropolitan University, where I planned to pursue a history degree and ultimately go on to become a teacher. Well, let’s just say that did not go according to plan. Due to the financial stress over student loans and debt, I dropped out of the registration process and decided to dive straight into the world of work.

Why did you choose Search?

Fortunately for me, I had a friend who was working within Search at the time and referred me to the business. I initially joined as a temp Administrator in Search’s Manchester Office Support team, and transferred to the role of Resourcer for Search Health & Social Care in 2005. I have since worked my way through the ranks to the position of Senior Divisional Manager, thoroughly enjoying every step of the journey.

What have been your top 3 highlights with Team Search?

My journey with Team Search has been one heck of an exciting and challenging ride, with many rewards to show for the hard work and drive I have dedicated to both to my individual and team performance, as well as the growth of the wider business.

 If I had to narrow down my top 3 highlights, they would be:

1. I have truly enjoyed developing my own team and supporting individuals to progress and be promoted within Search. It’s great to know that I have played a role in Influencing career development within the business.

2. Winning three of Search’s annual Beyond Exceptional Awards and consistently featuring in the top 10 Team Performance category for seven years. It was also inspiring to be recognised by the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) through my award nomination a few years back.

3. Billing £3.6 million over the course of seven years here at Search.   

What would be your advice to anyone who is looking to progress in their recruitment career?

Search boasts some of the best training in recruitment, and I’ve been very privileged to have the support of my Manager in achieving my career goals.
Recruitment is a continuously changing industry, meaning that training should never be seen as a one-off exercise. There is always room to grow, and at Search, you will have the full backing of the business in this regard.

Career progression doesn’t happen overnight, so it’s important to be patient and resilient without losing sight of your development objectives. It helps to break down your big picture career goal into smaller goals, keep track of how you achieve them, and let your success motivate you to keep going.

What are your plans for the team in 2020 now that you’ve been promoted?

We have some exciting objectives on the horizon, and the team is working hard on strategy to expand our service offering across the UK. It’s exciting times for Search Health & Social Care, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for us.

Join Team Search and progress in your recruitment career

Fancy launching your recruitment career within a business that will fully support your career development? We are looking for people to join us, so if you fancy working for a recruitment company that genuinely invests in the success and development of their employees, than don’t delay and apply today.

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