It’s time for us to introduce you to another member of the Work Wales team! Meet Matt Pearce, our Recruitment Consultant. He joined us in October 2021 and settled into recruitment as if he’d never been away.
Matt has quite the job history, bringing a wealth of sales and customer service experience to our team. He loves nothing more than getting to know people and finding out how he can help. Matt started out in recruitment when he was only 18. He did that for a while before craving a little more life experience. The sun and sand called to him, and he left to work in Cyprus for four years before coming back to the UK.
Before joining us at Work Wales, Matt spent several years working as a Regional Account Manager. Luckily for us, we were able to tempt him back to recruitment! After a chat with Christina and Sophie, we realised our values and attitudes aligned and he came on board, smashing his six-month probation in only three months.
Hi Matt! So, what tempted you back to recruitment after your time away?
The team wanted to bring someone on board who had a background in sales, and Christina happened to see my CV on LinkedIn and got in touch. I had a chat with Christina and Sophie, and the honesty and integrity that they demonstrated whilst we were having a chat was not only infectious, but it really echoed a lot of my values.
For me, helping people is important. I really feel that if you believe in what you’re saying, it’s not sales; it’s just having a chat about something that you feel really passionate about. I think that came across really strongly and made me think and feel that this was the right place for me.
How does working here compare with other jobs?
I don't mince my words and I will admit I have my own issues with mental health. A lot of people do, and I've seen some real problems with how it’s handled in other places. One of those issues is feeling undervalued and overworked, and not having a voice.
The most important thing for me is really feeling like you've got a voice within the business, and at Work Wales, we all do. If I think of an idea which might really help the business, providing it's viable, everyone is willing to listen and that is really, really important.
What does an average day look like for you?
In the morning, I will generally dedicate time to making sure everything is as it should be. I will check client’s jobs, check that candidates are up to date and that everyone is happy.
I think something that I’ve taken from my previous role is that with candidates, you’re selling a job to them, and sometimes, after they’ve been in the role for a few days, they’ll say, “well this is not for me.” A big part of what I do is ensuring they know as much as they can before they enter the role. I like to have an open and honest relationship with everyone.
I’m up front with candidates and check that something is right for them. If it isn’t, I’d rather they tell me because I want to work with them. In the afternoon, I tend to check in with people and do a lot of calls. Relationship building is an important part of my job.
I also spend quite a lot of my day thinking about food.
So, tell us a little more about yourself outside of work?
I am a massive foodie. I also love cooking, but I don’t do as much as I should in the house because it upsets my Mum! My Mum is retired, and she feels like her most important role that satisfies everyone is her cooking, so when I try and muscle my way in, she only puts up with me for a couple of days. Well, that and I’m an incredibly messy cook!
I do quite a lot of running. I used to play a lot of rugby but I quit during the lockdown because I had two injuries in the space of a year that put me in hospital, so I started running to help me stay in shape.
What do love most about your job?
I love being able to get out. I try and spend at least a day a week out visiting customers to develop real relationships. I love the variety of my job; it keeps things interesting. For me, the people here are what drew me in. This is such a good company to be part of. The people I work with are amazing and so supportive.
Tell us something interesting people might not know about you?
If I’m being completely honest, I am an open book. There isn’t much that people don’t already know about me! I’m just 100% me all the time - what you see is what you get.
Something people might not know about me is that I’m the biggest Mummy’s boy ever. My Mum is fantastic!
We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know more about our super talented Recruitment Consultant, Matt! He’s a huge asset to our team, and we’re glad he decided to join Work Wales and come back to recruitment!