by Alexandra Martuccio
Consultant , Culture , Team , Understanding Recruitment , LifeAtUR , Recruiter , Company Culture , Contractors , Freelance

What was your first job?

Working in a clothes shop as a Retail Assistant at 16.

How did you get into recruitment?

After dancing professionally around the world, I transitioned into dance teaching, but I knew it wasn’t as sustainable as I originally thought (especially with back injuries). I knew I needed to start a new career, somewhere where I could grow. I interviewed for many jobs within sales, customer service and recruitment. As soon as I came into Understanding Recruitment’s offices I knew it was a place where I could see myself working long-term.

What do you love most about your job?

How busy it can be, the harder you work the more rewarding this job can be.

What’s your top job to fill?

That’s a tricky question as I work on every single contract role that comes into the business. One minute it’s a QA tester, the next a Senior Architect, the next Programme Manager and interim CTO positions!

Who’s your role model – in life or in recruitment?

My Dad. He started his first ever job as an Admin Clerk in a major oil organisation the Monday after his O ’levels and worked his way up to the top, travelled the world, relocated with his family to America for his job, and made himself extremely successful. All down to hard-work and determination.

What’s your favourite meal?

Love a bit of Sushi, Mexican and I have a major sweet tooth so loads of chocolate!

What’s been your most memorable experience with a candidate?

I placed a Java Developer into a Global Publishing Organisation at the beginning of the year, he is French and went home over Christmas before he started his new contract in January. There was a parcel delivered to me at work with a hand-written note about how happy he was to find this role and he was really complimentary of the whole experience working with me and Understanding Recruitment. Alongside the note were 3 boxes of truffles he bought back with him from France.

What would be your theme tune?

Beyoncé – Who Run the world

What is your top tip for candidates?

Be as honest and open with recruiters as possible, it is hard as contractors get contacted by us all the time, but it helps us do our job a lot better if we know your current work status/commitments and avoids surprises along the way!