Today, we wanted to highlight the amazing work of Ross Breen, who last Friday won the Consultant's Consultant award in Design & Build and Public Sector People's annual End Of Financial Year Awards. The Consultant's Consultant award is voted on by the entire PSP/D&B team based on who they believe has 'been best on ground' over the last year. Ross has certainly demonstrated this through his consistently strong performance, the record number of placements he has made, as well the support and care he has shown to his fellow colleagues. Not to mention his recent promotion to Lead Consultant for the High- End Residential space!
We spoke to Ross this week to find out more about what winning this award means to him and his advice for others thinking about a career in recruitment:
Why do you think teamwork is so important within recruitment?
It makes the dream work!! There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t ask for advice and help from the team around me. Recruitment can be tough and there are some high-highs but the lows can be fairly low, so having a supportive team around you is essential.
When starting a relationship with clients and candidates, what are your key priorities to ensure the relationship grows and develops?
15/30 minutes – When taking a specification, I need to know everything a business is looking for. On the flipside, I also need to know everything a candidate is looking for. If clients and candidates can spend that initial time with me going through those specifications, it allows me to do my job to the best of my ability and at the end of the process 9 times out of 10, there will be a placement.
Transparency - My job is to help clients find the right person for their business and help candidates find their dream role. To make this work, transparency is essential.
Honesty - Similar to transparency but in regards to honesty, I won’t hide from a difficult conversation and believe I’m approachable enough for people to be honest with me. Nothing is personal, and I understand everyone needs to do what’s right for them/their business.
Feedback – No candidate wants to spend a night revising a business, spending 30 minutes travelling to their office and then sit for an hour in an interview to then receive radio silence. Similarly, no interviewer wants to read through a resume, organise an interview and spend an hour out of their day, to then not receive feedback either. A 5 to 10 minute debrief call is what everyone deserves.
What motivates you?
Three things motivate me and they are all on par with each other.
I want to do well in life and working hard over the past 10 years in recruitment has seen me grow as a person.
Working with clients that have a passion for what they do and trying to help their business thrive.
Helping a candidate find a new role that hopefully will see them and their family in a better position.
"A Massive Congratulations to Ross on winning the Consultant's Consultant EOFY 20/21 Award as voted for by the NSW, VIC and WA offices. Ross joined the business in 2017 on the Residential Construction Team specifically to recruit into the high-end/luxury home building market. From day 1 Ross has been an absolute pleasure to work alongside. He always has a smile on his face, is the office practical joker and is always willing to lend a helping hand. Ross has been a previous winner of “Best Newcomer” and has moved through the ranks from a Consultant to a Team Leader in his time with the business. Well done Ross on being recognised as an all-round office legend, this win is thoroughly well deserved!"
Kelly Harrison - NSW State Manager
For anyone considering a career in recruitment, what do you think are some valuable skills to learn and develop?
Get rid of any ego - When going into recruitment there is one rule...don't be a D***
Learn how to absorb - Moving into a new career is strange, but one thing you can do every day is learn something from people who have already chosen recruitment as a career.
Ask questions - There's no such thing as a silly question
What does career success look like to you?
Success is going home, and knowing I have helped others and I have done everything to the best of my ability that day. On top of that, a beachfront home on the northern beaches and a matt black G- Wagon.
The consultant’s consultant award is decided on based on votes from the whole D&B/PSP team. What does winning this award mean to you?
It’s the award I have wanted to win since joining Design & Build. It not only shows you have done well at your job, but people can put up with your rubbish jokes for 8 hours a day, five days a week.
What has been a highlight for you over the last financial year (in addition to winning this award) and what are your goals heading into the new financial year?
My biggest highlights have been doing over 52 permanent placements in a year, being promoted twice and seeing some of my best friends do well in the business alongside me. My goals for 21/22 are to be better than I was in 20/21. Help build a team for the business and have some laughs along the way.
To find out more about the current opportunities Ross is working on within the High-End Residential space, you can contact him at:
0481 208 285