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Q&A: Developing the Recruiters of tomorrow


The recruitment industry is known for its cut and thrust nature. Newman Stewart is different. Not just in our approach to executive search, but also in the way that we nurture and develop our employees. With several graduates due to join our Associate Trainee programme within the next few weeks, I spoke with Katie Shann about her transition from Sales Support to Recruitment Consultant.

How long have you worked at Newman Stewart and what have you been working on during that time?

I have worked at Newman Stewart since the start of May 2017. My role initially was to provide support to the Recruitment Consultants as part of the Sales Support team. This provided me a lot of variety from formatting CVs to producing resourcing documents for our clients, to organising Newman Stewart’s social and events calendar and charity programme.  

What attracted you to the business?

I was recommended to Newman Stewart by a friend that worked here already

What are the best/worst parts about working for Newman Stewart?

The team are very supportive. They offer advice and help whenever needed which is extremely helpful when starting out in recruitment. I also love that the company’s focus is on providing exceptional levels of service which sets us apart from others in the industry. When we successfully fill a role with a great candidate there is a fantastic buzz in the office. I am yet to discover the ‘worst’ parts of the company.

Tell us about your recent decision to become a recruiter?

The opportunity was put to me and it was one I couldn’t turn down.

Why did you decide to pursue a career as a recruiter?

It was never a career I had considered until working for Newman Stewart. The opportunities and support offered opened a lot of doors for me and I’m excited to see what the next few years hold. Recruitment is rewarding, not just in financial terms, but also knowing that we are improving people's lives everyday.

What are you most looking forward to?

Being more involved in the whole recruitment process, from commencement to placement.  

What advice would you give to others about getting into a career in recruitment?

It’s a very rewarding career. We are here to transform lives by helping people find their dream jobs and clients find the perfect candidates. That’s very powerful and definitely provides a sense of fulfilment when done right. If you are willing to work hard, the opportunities are endless.

What are your future career aspirations?

To continue my career at Newman Stewart, developing my skills and experience to become a successful Consultant.


If you have a track record of exceptional customer service, a can do attitude, and are looking to work for a company with a great reputation and strong values, get in touch. We’re always happy to hear from recruiters with a track record of success or anyone looking to start their career in recruitment.