QP’s Helen Goulding discusses how
she came to work for Q People, the fantastic roles she has placed along the way
and advises how to create a stand-out CV.What did you do before you joined
Before I joined QP I was a Higher
Assistant Psychologist working in a Forensic Mental Health hospital (slight
change of scene); I studied Psychology at University and went on to practice in
a clinical setting, helping patients who have forensic backgrounds with their
mental health as well as their offending behaviour. Although my role was very challenging and
interesting, I decided that I wanted to swap it for the fast-paced and lively
environment of recruitment, and Quintessentially People seemed like the perfect
fit for me – I have never looked back since!
How did you get in to recruitment?
I had worked in recruitment previously whilst living in Australia
after graduating, and had really thrived within the role, I loved the diversity
of the challenges that I faced and the rewards that recruitment has to offer. I
definitely learnt the basics there, and then since joining QP I have become a
specialist in recruitment.
What do you most enjoy about your job?
The energy that recruitment has is like no other role I have ever
worked in before – literally every single day can be different and the roles
that we work on at QP are so diverse that new exciting challenges present
themselves daily. I am very much a people person – I know that sounds cheesy –
but there is nothing I enjoy more than meeting people and getting to find out
what makes them tick and trying to match their skills and personality to a
fantastic new role. I also have to say that having an amazing team around me
has to be the biggest highlight of my job!
Give us examples of jobs have you placed recently
the PA and office support desk, the roles that I work on vary quite
considerably in terms of location, industry, salary and seniority; I work on
everything from team assistants and receptionists to private PA’s and international
travelling executive assistants. Most recently I have placed some fantastic
positions such as Lifestyle Manager to
International Lifestyle Company in Shanghai
, Private Personal Assistant to foreign Royal in Central London, PA to
Famous Screen Writer and Author, Junior PA for Private Family Office of
Ultra-High Net Worth Businessman.
All of the roles we work on are very
unique and we get some of the best opportunities in the market.
What do you look for in a candidate?
look for a lot of different things from candidates, we deal with many varied
roles that in terms of experience, personality and skills – a mixed bag is
always a good one! But I think across the board we look for the following:
- Discretion & confidentiality
- Solid work experience with longevity within
- Commitment and dedication
- Highly organised, good time keeping and
- Personable and professional
What do you think are the most important things a candidates CV should
see so many CVs each day; some great, some not so great, and it is very easy to
make small adjustments to make them stand out in a good way - the most important thing is presentation –
it needs to be clear and concise…and please NO TABLES!! The most important
things to have on your CV are your contact details, clear dates of employment
with job title and company name and a description of what your role involved.
It’s also great to start off your CV with a brief overview/profile outlining your
experience and skills – this just makes the CV more personable and gives an
overview form the outset. Education is always important to include too,
particularly if you have further education.
The Future of QP
PA and office support desk of QP is literally going from strength to strength,
and has done so since QP established. There are lots of plans for the PA and
Office Support desk in the future, with huge growth forecast and new staff
coming on board to push the desk forward – we expect the PA desk to continue to
grow and become the largest part of the QP business. It is a really exciting
time for us at QP and we have recently opened our PA desks in New York and LA
and these are both already thriving – long may the success continue.