Insight into… Dan Buttigieg- the former angriest man in recruitment!

What is your role at Insight and how did you get here?

Prior to recruitment I spent 5 years in the Army which is where a lot of the qualities to be in recruitment was gained, I have now worked in recruitment for six years, working contract recruitment across various industries – Heavy Engineering, Oil & Gas, Nuclear and T&D sectors- within a global FTSE 250 company and independently, before welcoming the opportunity to join the Insight team. My role here is Director and Managing Consultant of Insight Engineering’s contract team. My primary focus is to build strong and lasting relationships with both clients and candidates through our tailored recruitment approach within the Heavy engineering and Manufacturing sectors. With that in mind, my vision is to ensure Insight Engineering’s contract team will become the most reliable and consultative experts whom you trust and respect. Honesty, hard work and trust is something I live by in my personal life and is something I want to translate in Insight Engineering’s day to day business.

What does success mean to you?

Success to me would be to see Insight Engineering become a household UK Engineering recruitment business for both permanent and contract solutions. From a personal level the success of Insight Engineering will have an immediate impact on my young family besides from the financial rewards, work life balance and the knowledge that whatever ever happens the family are looked after.


What are your top tips for success?

My tip for success is to surround yourself with people who inspire you, encourage you to push yourself out of your comfort zone and keep away from negativity. That and ensuring when you’re working hard you are working SMART, while in recruitment you have to work many hours, the key is to maximise that time!



What’s the best advice you have for anyone on the job hunt?

A lot of the time (not all) people tell me they are struggling to find work and that there are limited jobs out there- when the reality is that they have not been proactive enough. Applying to a job advert online 99% of the time is not enough, you need to actively pursue the roles you are attracted to. Spend time amending your CV to ensure it fits the vacancy you are interested in, call the businesses and ask for advice- ask them what will make you stand out? When it comes to interviews – the more the merrier. Use each interview as a opportunity to learn and improve on you interview techniques and ability to build rapport with a prospective employer. When you get rejected keep your chin up and try again, you will succeed!


What’s the best advice you have for anyone trying to make it in recruitment?

My advice for anyone looking to go into recruitment is to expect some very rewarding times. However, know that with the good times comes the hard times, you need to be able to manage the emotional and professional recruitment roller coaster! In my early days, I was nicknamed ‘the angriest man in recruitment’ something I have had to work on over time…


Tell us about yourself on personal level – when you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?

Its either watching Manchester United, spending time with my friends in a bar/pub somewhere or spending time with my family (in no particular order – just in case they are reading), sometimes all three if I can get away with it!