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Operations Director Rob Kurton Interviewed by CV Library

Posted by Georgie Betts on 19/05/2015
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This article originally appeared on CV-Library here…

Russell Taylor Group Ltd operates on both a National and Global scale as a niche provider of search and selection recruitment services. Some of the main sectors they cover include: Oil and Gas, Nuclear and Energy and Health and Safety, amongst others. Here we talk with Rob Kurton, Operations Director at their Bromborough Office, about his experiences in the recruitment industry. 

What makes your company stand out from the crowd?

We are a family owned recruitment business which places a huge emphasis on work/life balance. We have resisted the temptation to become a KPI driven company like so many of our competitors, allowing our consultants to focus on delivering the best possible results for our candidates and clients alike, rather than pushing performance targets for the sake of it! As an Investor in People (Silver) accredited business, we are extremely proud of the working environment that is present within all of our offices. This reflects in the level of service that we provide to our clients within the engineering and construction sectors.


How did you get into recruitment?

Having been made redundant from a marketing position, I was trying to find another role within marketing and came into contact with several agencies during my job search. One of these agencies offered me a job, which I decided to accept. The rest, as they say, is history.


What would you be doing if you weren’t in recruitment?

I’ve never really given that much thought to be honest. With hindsight, I would have loved to have played rugby at a professional level or worked within the game somehow. Otherwise, I would be working within property perhaps?


What is your top tip for candidates looking for work?

Be proactive and make sure that you follow all of your applications up with a telephone call. You never know, the fact that you’ve taken the time to speak to the person who has posted the vacancy, may separate you from the crowd.


What do you find the most rewarding about working in recruitment?

Apart from seeing people securing their dream positions on a day-to-day basis, I also get to see our own staff developing their own personal careers, whilst earning a very good living to boot!


What are your predictions for the recruitment year ahead?

Busy, busy, busy! Business has returned to and even surpassed pre-recession levels with no signs of it slowing down. The biggest challenge is now finding suitably skilled candidates to fill our clients’ ever increasing number of vacancies.


Have you, personally, ever made an interview faux pas? If so, what was it?

In my early twenties, I once turned up to an interview with what I thought was a very smart and professional looking briefcase. Somehow, I still got the job but was ridiculed on a regular basis for the 4 years that I ended up working for that company!

If you could meet one famous person – dead or alive – who would it be and why? 

Johnny Wilkinson I think….I’d love to know what went through his mind before, and what it felt like after he’d slotted that Rugby World Cup winning drop-goal in 2003 against Australia.

To find out more about Russell Taylor, visit their website.