An insight into Jack Brandwood… aka Curly Teeth
What is your role at Insight and how did you get here
My journey to Insight is a varied and strange – while in education and for a little while after, I was actually the manager of several very busy butchers stalls on the ‘World Famous’ Bury Market – my time here really instilled some valuable lessons for my impending recruitment career, hard work, resilience and most importantly customer service! During my time here, sick of the rain and cold early mornings I travelled to Israel to volunteer on a Kibbutz where again my work experience took another unexpected U-turn. Day-to-day I was pruning almond and olive trees alongside working in restaurants in the local town during the evenings, to make a little extra cash. When I came back after 6 months in the sweltering Middle-Eastern sun, I decided I needed to throw myself into a role where I didn’t have to shout out “A BIG TRAY OF CHICKEN FOR A TENNER!” for 10 hours day. This is where I started my sales career working in a few different roles selling everything from spa days to property. Talking to a few friends who had also started in recruitment I thought I would give it a go and I’ve never looked back since. I was never a big fan of the old school ‘car sales’ thing, it was more the insatiable interest I had in talking to new people and understanding what they wanted and how I could add value to their lives.
I am one of the Client Consultants here and head-up the permanent desk for the North West focussing on everything IT. I have to be honest when I first started on the IT market I didn’t know my C# from my Java but after 2+ years of speaking with passionate developers I’m confident to say I have a great understanding of my market – it helps that I’m interested by it and I love attending local events as I always learn something new (most recently how to increase the performance of a website).
What does success mean to you?
Success for me would be to have all our business come from industry referrals and word of mouth. Along with a fantastic presence within the IT community and be the first name people think of when they hear IT recruitment. I am extremely financially motivated and my main driver is to tell me dad he doesn’t have to work – even though I’m pretty sure he won’t want to retire…my family’s crazy like that.
What are your top tips for success?
Work, work and work some more – work weekends, work evenings – work when everyone else isn’t. If you are working 80-100 hours a week and everyone else is working 40 hours, even if you are doing the same things you are going to get there twice as fast. Make sure you are doing the right things – there is no point working 100 hours a week if its not productive. Hard work is the key to success.
What’s the best advice you have for anyone on the job hunt?
Pick a recruitment agency that you have heard good things about – a good recruiter can make the difference between getting your dream job and finding yourself back at square one. If you think you want to do it yourself, fair enough but just remember it a free service we offer to people looking for work so why not? We might buy you a beer or two as well. Most importantly make sure you know what you want and don’t settle for anything less than perfect – this is your career after-all.
What’s the best advice you have for anyone trying to make it in recruitment?
Get ready for massive highs and lows – this job isn’t easy but it is very rewarding. I can honestly say when I first started I thought about quitting all the time but when you get into it and you place your first candidate you’ll realise it’s all worth it. Be resilient and keep working.
I’m usually at the pub or the gym (two ends of the spectrum I know) it’s usually the pub. Hanging out with friends and family and taking my baby niece Beau out – she’s 2 now so I don’t know if I can call her a baby anymore.