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Case studies

Sheila Holbrook, Receptionist

Sheila took redundancy following over 10 years’ of service at the Ministry of Defence. She was extremely nervous about her career prospects given that she hadn’t had experience of applying for an external job for such a long time. With the help of some CV and interview coaching from her consultant, Hays put her forward for a role covering maternity leave at Balfour Beatty. She was successful at that interview, and started the position within a couple of weeks of leaving her MOD role. Now, several months into her assignment, her new employers will soon be offering her a permanent position.

Ed Hampton, Procurement Manager

Ed was working as a Procurement Manager for a large NHS Trust when management cut backs made his role redundant. Rather than applying for new permanent positions, he took the opportunity to set up his own limited company as an interim procurement manager.
By working with a number of experts in this field and rapidly developing his professional network, he quickly gained his all-important first assignment, and since then he has taken on two major projects with a utilities company and global telecoms business. Since moving into the interim market, he has rapidly developed his skills, confidence and earning potential, and thoroughly enjoys working on this basis. He plans to remain an interim contractor for the foreseeable future.

Derek Davies, Mechanical & Electrical Surveyor

Derek moved from a permanent position at Cardiff Council to an interim position with a specialist heating company, which gave him the experience he needed to be successful in an application for a permanent role at Atkins. Atkins had no reservations about Darren’s previous experience and were actually keen to embrace someone from the public sector. His transition was a very easy one – he was willing and motivated to develop his skills in a more commercial environment, and has been very successful in his position.

John Tyas, Asset Management Surveyor

Following three years at Swindon Council, John wanted to progress his career with a private sector company. Hays recommended him to DTZ Bristol, a multi-national Real Estate PLC. Initially the recruiting client at DTZ had reservations that John may not be sufficiently commercially-minded in terms of his approach to deadlines, and generating income for the group. However, by positioning this move as a progression, and recognizing that he would need to adapt to the different culture and learn new skills, John’s interview demonstrated that he had the potential to make the move effectively, and was offered the position.

Recent feedback on John’s progress is very positive: Although he is still adjusting to a less formal internal style of communication and decision making, his line manager is certainly happy that he has been a successful recruit with a great future with the organization.

Donna Pickett, Property Manager

Donna was working on a long term rolling contract at the Ministry of Defence, when she recently heard that this would soon come to an end. Although her experience had mainly been within the public sector, there were few suitable opportunities available at the time.

After discussing her transferable skills with Hays, she was put forward to an interim position with Lambert Smith Hampton, a commercial property consultancy who had recently won a contract to manage estates on behalf of Her Majesty’s Courts Service.

The client was extremely keen to employ her on an interim basis, specifically because of her public sector understanding. Lambert Smith Hampton have now employed Donna on a permanent basis to manage a portfolio of both private and public sector clients.