Sometimes, opportunities knock when least expected. Grainne, a payroll manager based in Dublin, experienced this firsthand when Niall Thomas, a recruitment consultant from Robert Walters Group Ireland, reached out to her on LinkedIn with an intriguing proposition.
"When Niall reached out on LinkedIn, I wasn’t actively seeking a career move but was open to exploring new challenges and experiences if the right opening was available."
Niall instantly recognised Grainne’s talent and potential. This message prompted her to reflect, leading her to a crucial realisation. “I had been in my previous role for many years. When I really thought about it, I concluded that my skills were probably beginning to stagnate a little and that I was working within my comfort zone.”
When Grainne decided to learn more about the career opportunity, Niall took the time to understand her aspirations and provided reassurance throughout the entire process. Grainne made it clear that she wanted a role that would invigorate her professional growth. “It had to be a challenging role which would afford me the opportunity to build upon and enhance current skills and also to open new horizons, and build upon my experience.”
Any career move takes courage, which was especially true for Grainne, having been in her role for many years. “I was understandably nervous and tentative about the potential move and how my skills would measure up against other potential candidates.” With Niall’s patience and support, Grainne decided to take the leap and explore this new career opportunity.
“He had the experience to assure me and allay my fears”
Throughout the recruitment process, consistent communication and transparency were key. "Niall kept me informed every step of the way and even took the time to reach out when there was no update!" What set Robert Walters apart, according to Grainne, was Niall's candid approach. "He was always open and honest about the recruitment progress, and he was quick to offer feedback and advice."
Niall’s eye for talent and Grainne’s courage to leave her comfort zone paid off when Grainne was offered the role of Senior Payroll Manager at Athora Ireland. She gladly accepted and is thriving in her new role. "If my team has the opportunity to recruit or if I’m in a position to move myself, I will definitely work with Robert Walters again," says Grainne.
In fact, she has already recommended Robert Walters Group to a friend in search of a career move, confident that they will provide the same exceptional support that defined her career move. Grainne's career move with Robert Walters is a great reminder to embrace unexpected opportunities.
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