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Thomas Roberts

Practice Lead - Salesforce & MuleSoft | New York 

The reason I got into recruitment, and probably the reason I enjoy it so much, is that the more I put in, the more I get out. I’m essentially in charge of my own earnings which is really motivational for me.

Describe an average day at Third Republic

For me, the average day is split 70/30 between business development and delivery/managing a team. I generally like to start each day with BD. It’s definitely the most important part of the job, which is why I dedicate so much time to it. As a manager, my sole focus is no longer just on recruitment. It’s important to be available and dedicate time to the learning and development of my team. So, each day I’ll sit down with my team and work with them on their own recruitment careers.

What is it about recruitment that you enjoy the most?

The reason I got into recruitment, and probably the reason I enjoy it so much, is that the more I put in, the more I get out. I’m essentially in charge of my own earnings which is really motivational for me. I also love how fast-paced recruitment is. It’s important to be on it all the time, which is something that’s really suited to the way I like to work.

Third Republic has a great working culture. You get to work with like-minded people who are outgoing and love to socialise. It’s a really motivational environment to work in. People are driven to succeed and work incredibly hard, but also know when to have fun.

Also, the closing deal stage is really exciting and so much fun. Everyone always celebrates your wins with you.

What is the best thing about working at Third Republic?

The best thing is definitely the autonomy we’re given and freedom over working style. For me, this really helps to increase productivity. You’re given the opportunity to work in a way that best suits you.

There’s a real willingness to share knowledge and help one another, which makes for a really inclusive team culture. Everyone brings something different to the table, so you’re learning something new every day.

What is the most interesting part of your job?

I really enjoy getting out to meet with clients and candidates face-to-face. The most interesting part of my job by far is getting to know a real mix of people and making the effort to meet these people in person. I think it’s so important to maintain the human element of recruitment, especially when so much interaction nowadays is through a screen. This is something that Third Republic really encourages, and everyone is giving training on meeting best practices.

What are the challenges of your job?

The most challenging aspect of being a successful recruiter is time management. There are a number of different elements that go into recruitment and it can be difficult to stay on top of everything. You have to be very on it and organised. Prioritisation is key. It helps to sit with more senior consultants, learn how they manage their time and then implement these strategies in a way that compliments your working style. As a manager, time management becomes even more difficult as you need to learn how to split your time between recruitment and developing your team.

How does this role differ from ones you’ve had in the past?

We operate with a really honest and open culture, which is completely different from other agencies I have worked for in the past. Everyone is encouraged to communicate their ideas and opinions without feeling judged. Senior leadership genuinely listens to what it is that their employees have to say which is a great feeling.

I also have much more responsibility than in previous roles and more of a say in the business. In previous roles, I felt as though I was encouraged to speak but wasn’t necessarily listened to. 

What is your proudest moment or biggest achievement so far?

The two things that stick out for me are, getting the coveted title of top biller in the company last year and hiring my first team member. Becoming a manager was a great achievement for me.