16 June 2021
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spotlight on recruitment - sarah whitby detail

Hi Sarah – firstly, just outline for us the areas that you recruit within at Star OUTiCO.

I work across Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices, covering from Land's End all the way up to the Highlands on the West Coast for Medical Devices, including Head Office recruitment.

Within the last 12 months a lot of my clients have been adding teams to their head offices to work virtually. Also, at the moment I am caretaking a Pharmaceutical patch, covering the South West, Wales and the East and West Midlands.

The last year has been tricky for some industry roles. How have you helped your candidates prepare, and adapt to clients’ evolving requirements?

The last 12 months have been really tricky. Unfortunately for candidates we do have a lot of them on the market who are looking for opportunities, so my job is to make sure that they stand out from the crowd.

It's really a tailored approach to every single candidate. Some may need CV writing advice, interview prep advice etc., but it’s also about taking a really thorough brief from the clients that we’re working with and passing that on to our candidates, to ensure that they have the best chance of obtaining a new role.

What I've found in the last 12 months that has really been important is just mentally preparing candidates to make sure that they are ready for interview, and being that morale boost for them.

What I've found in the last 12 months that has really been important is just mentally preparing candidates to make sure that they are ready for interview, and being that morale boost for them.

What do you feel are your main strengths as a Recruiter?

I've worked in Recruitment for 12 years now, nine of which have been at Star OUTiCO. I've been described by some of my candidates as honest, personable and friendly, and I really feel that feedback is a gift.

I like to take thorough feedback from the clients that I work with if a candidate hasn’t been successful, to ensure that we can develop that candidate when it comes to their next interview.

I've been described by some of my candidates as honest, personable and friendly, and I really feel that feedback is a gift.

What for you is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is picking up the phone to a candidate that I’ve worked with throughout the process and making them a job offer for their dream opportunity.

I know a lot of people will say “you only work in recruitment”, but we are really shaping people’s lives and offering them, ultimately, their dream jobs.

I know a lot of people will say “you only work in recruitment”, but we are really shaping people’s lives and offering them, ultimately, their dream jobs.

What do you like to get up to when you’re not working?

Outside of work I have two young children - Alfie and Chloe - who keep me on my toes when I'm not working! We like to go out exploring, so we can be found in the countryside, or a local park - or if it's sunny, at the beach.

Aside from that, my favourite way to wind down would be with a glass of wine with some of my girlfriends, on a Friday night with a takeaway.

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