FJ's Friday Featured: Jenna Carman

5 months ago by Mia Stubbs

1.       Overview of your journey in Recruitment so far.

I was working in Marks and Spencer after just finishing college because I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Linda (Head of People at Finlay James) came into the shop and I ended up helping her - we started talking about how she worked at Finlay James and she thought I would be great fit for the business. When I contacted her, she organised an interview for me with the Directors. I went through the interview processes with little confidence, I didn’t really think I would get the job, but I made it through to the final interviews and they offered me a role as a Talent Consultant!

6 weeks into the job I would say you definitely get stuck in, which I think is a really good experience! On the second day of training, we came in and got straight into calls, which I had never done before, so it was something new and exciting for me to try out.

2.       Has it met your expectations?

It’s exceeded my expectations! I didn’t know what to expect when I was starting out, I knew what was involved with Recruitment, but I didn’t know the depths of it all especially in the tech industry and it wasn’t an industry that I thought I was going to be working in. Initially, I found it difficult to get used to the working hours as they were different to what I was doing in my previous job, but after a few weeks you soon adjust to it. 

3.       How did you find getting your first deal?

It happened quite quickly, Alex (Jenna’s Manager) explained to me that it doesn’t happen this quickly for people normally! It was a quick process where the client offered the job seeker straight after they had gone through the different stages of the interview and I was really pleased that it all went through successfully.

4.       What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I used to do a lot of horse riding, but I stopped it when I started doing my A-levels. So I just like to socialise, see my friends and going out. Usually the ‘go-to’ is Revs but it can get a bit boring after a while!

5.       What advice would you give yourself 6 weeks ago when you first started?

Don’t lose faith in things just because they’re not moving as quickly or as straight-forward as you would like it to be. I’ve had cases where people have gone quiet and then picked back up again, so it’s taught me to have confidence in situations.