Spotlight on... Lisa Banks - Recruitment Consultant
24th November 2019
What is your background in recruitment before joining us?
I’ve worked in recruitment for about 20 years and have primarily dedicated my work to recruiting for niche industries within East Anglia. My career started back in early 2000 when I took up a position at a small high street recruitment agency in Huntingdon dealing with commercial and industrial temporary vacancies where I dealt solely with temp staff.
I then worked for another high street agency specialising in temp roles, but one that had established more branches around the East Anglia region. My next recruitment role led me into the catering and care sectors where I shifted my focus to staffing requirements within these industries.
Working at niche agencies has given me a good grounding for my new position at Law Staff, as I understand the importance of immersing myself in a particular industry in order to meet its specific hiring needs. For example, the care sector is highly regulated, so I was responsible for ensuring each candidate had the right documentation, training, certifications and references in order to comply with these requirements.
Overall, my recruitment background means I am experienced in forming and maintaining relationships with clients and candidates – my focus has always been on making a genuine difference to the careers of the professionals I work with. Jobs change lives, whether that involves a positive step up to your new job or a new, sought after vacancy that has been filled with a perfect candidate for your team.
What attracted you to work at Law Staff?
Before I started at Law Staff, I took a year out from recruitment working in a sales role involving HR services. But I missed the recruitment scene within which I’d spent so much time working and developing. Law Staff is the perfect fit for the point I have now reached in my career – I am impressed by the fact that it is an independent recruitment consultancy with an excellent reputation within the legal jobs market it serves. I am enjoying the experience of applying my knowledge to this vital and exciting market.
How have you found the onboarding experience as a new Law Staff Recruitment Consultant?
I have been impressed by the whole onboarding process, especially the period of time within my first week that I spent learning how the administrative team supports our fee earning work and what goes on behind the scenes within their team. I am already seeing the benefits of having a team of support staff producing candidate CVs and client vacancy adverts, alongside a range of other marketing duties – this is my first agency where these activities are done by a team separate from the consultants. Having such dedicated support staff is a real advantage for our business as we are all able to focus on our roles with the efficiency and accuracy of specialists.
What are some highlights of your time so far in your new role?
My first achievement was filling a locum vacancy after receiving the client’s instruction, an urgent task due to the nature of temporary or FTC roles. I have been fortunate to immediately receive training on fundamental tasks which are part of daily life at Law Staff; my recruitment skills are transferable, so quickly picking up the new processes which are specific to this firm gives me confidence to move forward with new placements.
What motivates you at work?
The candidates and clients are my motivation – I enjoy helping people find jobs or fill vacancies. I like developing relationships, making people happy – the job satisfaction inherent in a new role transfers across to me as the recruiter responsible for the introduction. The fee earning opportunities are also a motivator, but ultimately, I get fulfilment from the human aspect of securing new work or sourcing a new employee. I still have contact with many candidates who I have helped secure work for over the years, so it is great to see their progress.
How would you like to progress in your role at Law Staff?
In these early days, I think my progression will involve forming and growing relationships with clients as well as candidates. We deal with permanent roles as well as locum work, so I am looking forward to this challenge and using my experience to successfully navigate both areas of the business.
Is there someone or something that inspires you in your daily life?
My children are my main inspiration and drive. They keep me focussed on working hard so I can provide a home environment in which they thrive. The team at Law Staff is flexible when you show your commitment and productivity, so I am really happy to have joined a firm which has a family ethos – we are all valued and given a multitude of opportunities to succeed. The ability to manage your work-life balance is a benefit here, resulting in an open, approachable environment with a strongly dedicated work ethic.
How do you spend your time outside work?
With my children – they all have their individual activities outside school, such as football and gymnastics, so I enjoy helping my kids meet their goals and have fun along the way! I also love catching up with friends over a day out shopping or going out for a meal.
How do you see the world of recruitment progressing in ten years?
Working at Law Staff has shown me how much of a progressive approach our Managing Director takes, and how well this future proofs our firm enabling us to meet future advances in recruitment. We have just undertaken a large-scale upgrade of our primary database and I can already see the benefits: this remarkable platform is methodical and robust and provides an ideal level of support to our daily work. Additionally, we have invested in premium Linkedin services to assist us in reaching specific legal candidates for targeted vacancies. In the future, I believe the internet’s existing position as integral within recruitment will develop further, resulting in online presence factoring even higher in importance for candidates seeking a new position or for clients advertising a new role. So always make sure your CV is up-to-date and you are able to manage your presence online, whether that be your CV published on job boards or your overall social media activity.