Meet Vicki Armstrong-Smith – a pink-wearing, chocolate-loving, shopaholic with musical tastes as diverse as a jukebox! Not your typical recruitment consultant, I hear you say, but you’d be surprised.
Vicki has led a career almost as varied as her passions in life but they’ve all equipped her to be the key member of the Superteam she is today, heading up the Public Sector recruitment desk in Colwyn Bay branch.
To learn more about this Superstar we met up with Vicki recently and were privileged enough to find out how she puts the ‘fluffy’ into recruitment!
(Tori) Can you tell me a bit about yourself and life before Supertemps?
(Vicki) Life before Supertemps consisted of chocolate (some may argue it still does), coffee and snacks. I was the Sales and Marketing Manager for a major vending machine manufacturer for over five years and, before that, a Sales Manager for a technical publishing and events company. That’s quite a wide-ranging career but the constant element was always dealing with people and helping them achieve their goals.
I was made redundant but, being a proactive person, I immediately signed up with Supertemps and several other local and national recruitment agencies. I was fortunate enough to be recruited by Supertemps directly to work in the Colwyn Bay branch – talk about good luck!
So, here I am today, handling all temporary and permanent recruitment for the Public Sector, with the rest of the fantastic Supertemps team.
Although now in recruitment my love of chocolate has stayed strong, as has my other main hobby, shopping! We’re lucky to live in such a beautiful part of North Wales and I particularly enjoy leisurely strolls along the beach with my family and our gorgeous Welsh Sheep Dog in my spare time.
Describe a typical Supertemps working week for you.
Everyday presents a new challenge: jobs to fill, new candidates to see, clients to attend to. It’s fast and furious! A typical week includes screening and meeting new candidates, attending networking events and meeting clients. We’re always busy and no two days are ever the same, it’s part of the reason I enjoy it so much.
What do you like the most about the recruitment industry?
I love the variety. As Supertemps is a ‘generalist agency’ you never know what type of job you might need to recruit for next or what type of candidate you might need to find. It’s great because you get to meet people from all walks of life and there’s no better feeling than finding a job that’s a perfect match for them.
What do you like least about the recruitment industry?
Sadly, there is a stigma associated with recruiters and our industry. However, I’m pleased and proud to say that the Supertemps team approach their jobs with sincerity and genuinely provide a professional service.
What do you think are the most important attributes of successful people?
- Being able to listen;
- Ability to create solutions;
- Being mindful of others;
- Approachable to candidates and clients;
What accomplishments are you most proud of?
I’m proud of passing my recruitment exams and gaining my REC CIRP qualification last year, then being promoted to Senior Recruitment Consultant in October 2014.
What are your pet peeves (work or non-work related)?
Time, there just isn’t enough of it – especially not for shopping! And another big peeve of mine is why the colour pink doesn’t feature in our logo!
What music are you listening to most at the moment?
I have really eclectic tastes but I’m currently listening to Lady Antebellum and Van Morrison’s greatest hits.
Who is your role model, and why?
Anita Roddick: I find her drive, values, and entrepreneurial skills to be inspirational.
If you had only one word to describe yourself, what would it be?
‘Fluffy’, according to my husband, although I would prefer to see myself as ‘approachable’.
Candidates, in recruitment Vicki found a career she really enjoys, relishing the new challenges that everyday brings. If you’re searching for a job that makes you jump out of bed, not hide under the covers, get in touch for a chat about your next career move.
Clients, need staff? The Superteam can find your perfect match. Entrust our qualified and experienced consultants with your job vacancy, safe in the knowledge we’ll introduce you to only the best and most suitable candidates. Contact us to discuss your requirements today.