This month we welcome Mary Traynor to the Recruitment Team. We sat down to talk about working in the NHS as a Registered Nurse, the value of LinkedIn for candidates, and her love of trying new things.
Welcome to Star OUTiCO, Mary! First, tell us a little bit about you and the areas you’ll be recruiting in for Star OUTiCO.
Hi there! I’m very excited to be starting with Star OUTiCO. This is my first job in recruiting, and I am already loving the industry. I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Nursing in the United States and worked as an NHS nurse prior to starting this position.
I’ll be working on the medical devices side of recruitment alongside my colleague, Jon Woodrow. We will be recruiting candidates from across the entire UK!
As a Registered Nurse, what skills do you feel your career background brings to your role as a Recruitment Consultant?
Having worked in both the American healthcare system and in the NHS has given me fundamental clinical knowledge of relevant pharmaceutical products and devices, as well as an in-depth understanding of what staff and patients want out of their products.
One of the most important things about medical devices is ease of use for both the patient and healthcare provider. It’s highly important for those working in pharma to know their products inside and out. I look forward to collaborating with clients that aim to optimise patient outcomes and improve the healthcare experience.
The last couple of years have been tricky for some industry roles but now we’re seeing some stabilisation. What would your main piece of advice be to candidates looking to switch roles?
My suggestion would be to look towards LinkedIn for new opportunities and networking. Today’s world is completely reliant upon technology; the more connected you are, the more credibility you have.
LinkedIn is a great way to showcase your individual expertise and passion online, enabling you to connect on a more personal level with a recruiter or client. The more you put yourself out there, the better your chance of successfully securing a new opportunity!
What do you feel are your main strengths as a Recruitment Consultant?
I’m a great communicator and listener. I like to really get to know a candidate and understand their priorities so that I can make sure I’m putting them forward for the right opportunities. Communication is the foundation of recruitment – it is vital that both the candidate and the client are happy at the end of the day.
What do you like to get up to when you’re not working?
I love to travel (somewhere new), watch a film, try a new restaurant, visit an art museum, or do yoga!
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