Insight into.. Leo Price, rolling with the recruitment punches!

What is your role at Insight and how did you get here?
I am the Contract .NET Specialist Recruiter for the North of England.  On a day-to-day basis, it is my role to meet with the best developers and the greatest companies in the North, and ideally put the two together!  Prior to Insight, I have worked in a variety of sales roles in a large range of industries.  This has given me an extensive list of experiences I have learnt from, that can be used to help in most situations.

 

How do the company values of Insight match up with you personally?
I can always see more room for innovation.  If there is something that can be done, it can be done better.  Most ways of doing something have been discovered already so if you aren’t innovative, you won’t beat the others!

If a mistake is made, it’s worth admitting.  Honesty goes a long way in earning the respect of your colleagues and customers.  If something is done wrong, be honest with your team so you can collectively find a solution – this is far more effective than trying to patch something up yourself.

If you don’t care about the people you are dealing with all day, every day, then why bother going to work?  Having a genuine interest in your day-to-day work has a massive impact on your motivation and drive.

Being driven is the only way to get out of bed in the morning.  When it’s the crack of dawn and freezing cold, it can often be tempting to put on your best sick-voice and just have a sofa-day.  This is where having a real drive can propel you into your most successful days!

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What does success mean to you?

For me, success can be a wide range of things.  My favourites include; the simple satisfaction of knowing that you’ve had a productive day, buying something shiny and materialistic, or taking a contract to be signed by a candidate over a meal and a pint!

 

What are your top tips for success?

Put the effort in while you’re in the office.  You don’t need to spend 100+ hours in the office every week – providing you work hard while you’re there.  Don’t take 10 minutes to make a coffee and stop procrastinating by scrolling through your LinkedIn feed.  You’ll feel much better for it when you see the results.

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

Make sure you’re going for the job you want.  Not just the job you can do….

Now, I ‘m not saying that you should apply to be a brain surgeon if you dropped out of education before your senior school entrance exam and faint at the sight of blood.  What I AM saying, is that some degree of enjoyment is vital to have a successful career.  If you aren’t enjoying the job you’re in, then get out and go for a job you do enjoy.  If that means training and retraining, so be it.  You spend so much time in work – you just can’t afford not to love the role and atmosphere you’re in.

 

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

When I’m in the office, I feel as though I more than fill my daily quota for personal and mental development (rightly or wrongly!)  Because of this, I absolutely don’t feel the need to pursue this outside of my career and I tend just to enjoy my downtime.  This can take the form of collapsing through my front door, snatching my duvet off the bed, dragging it into my living room and binge watching a TV series on Netflix – to making a few rapid-fire phone calls to the usual suspects and spending most of the night (and occasionally early morning) exploring the wide variety of alcohol-based establishments that Manchester has on offer (if you need a recommendation just let me know!)

Having said this, I do occasionally feel obliged to get myself down to the gym to get some exercise and I have also been known to take part in the odd boxing tournament now and again.  And, to be fair, it is a great stress-buster!

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