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Recruitment, rugby, lasagne, pints and an unfortunate meeting with a wall

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Name: Craig Wishart

Job title: Senior Recruitment Consultant

What other jobs have you done apart from being a recruiter?
Bar Supervisor and New Car Sales Executive.

What is the funniest thing you’ve seen at work (anywhere)?
While in the motor industry, a state-of-the-art new technology had just come out where a car would brake itself in an emergency if the driver's reactions weren't quick enough. My manager at the time asked one the sales executives to try it out and drive towards a wall. What he didn’t realise is the technology worked off reflection, so the executive just drove a brand new car straight in to a wall!  Cost - over £1k in repairs.

Why did you join Peace?
I didn’t like being part of a large, KPI driven, global organisation but I was doing well so never really felt the need to change, but after a catch up with Alison who had just moved to Peace after being my manager at another organisation I thought it was worth a sit-down with Chris. A quick, informal chat ended up being a couple of hours: Chris offered me the job and with what I had just heard I couldn’t say no. 

Favourite food and drink?
Lasagne and pints!

Favourite holiday?
Rugby World Cup in New Zealand would be hard to beat

Favourite sport/team or hobby?
Big rugby player and fan - I am the current captain of my local team, Broughton.

Where are the real challenges in the recruitment market just now?
There are a lot of agencies who are sending CV’s without the consent of candidates. At times it can be hard to execute a plan of action with a candidate when their CV has been spread around.

What one piece of advice would you give to candidates seeking to get a job today?
Pick one or two agencies and trust them to find you a role. Applying to loads of jobs can sometimes register you with agencies and many will abuse your CV and send it out all over the country. A good consultant will either find you a job or let you know that they won’t be able to.

Favourite (non work) website and why?
BBC Sport, bit of a sport fanatic.

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