Swapping the golf course for a role in recruitment is not many people’s usual career path. We caught up with Consultant Matt Civil who works in the Sheffield office to find out about how he made the move.
Tell us about your current role?
I joined Sharp Consultancy about a year ago and specialise in transactional clerical and finance roles across Sheffield and Chesterfield areas.
Your background isn’t in recruitment – what were you doing before?
Since the age of 12 golf has always been a big part of my life. At 19 I joined Hallamshire Golf Club as the Assistant Golf Professional where I undertook my three years of PGA training. After five years here, I wanted a new challenge and joined a company that manufactured golf accessories. I began my career in sales, however after a couple of years a friend of mine asked me if I wanted the opportunity to caddie around the world for an Italian professional golfer. My employer was good enough to accept my decision to take on this experience, which I did for just over 12 months.
That sounds quite an experience – how was it?
I traveled to countries that I never expected to get the chance to go to such as Kazakhstan and the Ukraine and also had the opportunity to caddie around Augusta National and at Arnold Palmer’s event, The Bay Hill Invitational, where I was also lucky enough to meet the man himself.
It was a fantastic experience but as glamorous as it may sound, I didn’t see this as a long term career. Airport, hotel, golf course, airport, hotel, golf course, airport, hotel, golf course can become very tedious after 6-8 weeks on the road and living out of hand luggage and because there aren’t any contracts with the players and you can quickly find yourself without an employer if the player decides they want a change!
What did you do next?
I returned to work for the golf accessories manufacture and took up an operational role in Dongguan, China where I had involvement in the order process, new product development and logistics. I then returned to the UK where I continued to work in operations until a restructure saw me take on the role of Production Manager. After about five years with the firm I was ready for a new challenge and a trusted friend suggested that I might be good at recruitment and it would offer the defined career path that I was then looking for.
What attracted you to the role at Sharp?
I enjoy the relationship building and networking aspects of the role and I was keen to ensure that I joined a company that was going to be right for me; I had a friend who worked in recruitment and was familiar with the business and some of the people working here and he thought that it would be somewhere that I would fit in well. He’d also seen the progress that people had made here and knew that I was looking for a role that would offer me the opportunity to develop.
What has been your biggest challenge so far?
Having worked in a completely different industry for so long you take for granted the knowledge that you build up over a long period of time and then to come into an entirely different sector and environment can initially be quite overwhelming and you get on board with new systems and processes. My operational and production background and skill set stood me in good stead however and I quickly got to grips with the recruitment process including developing leads, liaising with clients and interviewing candidates.
What advice would you give to someone considering a role in recruitment?
If you love meeting new people and forging new relationships you can’t go far wrong with recruitment. Equally as important you will need resilience and patience as there will be times where these will be tested!
Sharp Consultancy specialises in the recruitment of finance and accountancy professionals. With offices in Leeds and Sheffield our highly experienced team of consultants recruit for temporary, interim and permanent roles across the full spectrum of positions throughout Yorkshire and the North West.
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