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Catherine Stokes

Hi, I’m Cat, and I’m a recruitment consultant working closely with clients and candidates on temporary roles in Oxfordshire.

Catherine Stokes
Briefly describe what you do on a day-to-day basis

No two days are the same but broadly speaking, I work closely with clients on their vacancies and source, interview and shortlist candidates. l like to think I am very process driven and organised. My previous experience working in agencies and as an in-house recruiter means I have learnt to juggle multiple tasks and find solutions quickly. I enjoy dealing with client queries quickly and efficiently, identifying new placement opportunities and supporting the rest of the team with various duties.

What do you like most about your role?

It is a cliché, but it is the people! As a recruiter you are so many things to different people. You provide hands-on support to your clients, a lifeline for candidates out of work, an advisor to someone at the start of their career and a sounding board to experienced candidates looking for a change of direction or a new challenge. Being a small part of people’s individual journeys and getting to know your clients and candidates over time, is the best part of the job. The role doesn’t come without its challenges and we all work extremely hard, but in the end, it is extremely rewarding and a great career to have.  

What do you think makes Allen Associates different from other agencies?

We have a truly knowledgeable team and strive for excellence which creates a collaborative environment that enables us to learn and grow from each other – and our success rates are really high. We are also supportive of one another and celebrate all the little wins, which is incredibly important in this industry.  

Tell us something about yourself and your interests.

I grew up in the Isle of Man, so I really enjoy being outdoors! In 2021 I renovated a Volkswagen van into a camper and took trips around the UK. I want to do a new renovation project in the coming years. I love music and so my weekends are usually full of festivals or live music events.  

What advice would you give to anyone that wants to work in recruitment?

I think to be a great recruitment consultant you need to be organised, open-minded, empathetic, proactive and a great communicator. My advice to anyone who wants to work in recruitment would be to create lasting relationships. Always look for the long-term value in an interaction. Clients, candidates, and opportunities always come back around.

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