It’s Friday morning, my new office is a hive of activity and as I look around I can’t believe it’s the end of my first week with the team at Distinct… and what a week it’s been.
As many within my network will know I’ve been a little quiet over the past few months, it’s safe to say that I’ve enjoyed the time off between roles and count myself very lucky that after 10 years in one business working hard and enjoying the rewards associated, I had the opportunity to spend some quality time with my family. The timing couldn't have been better as in May we welcomed our second daughter Flora May into the world (and I also managed to fit in quite a bit of cycling when I had the chance…)
Over the course of the coming weeks keep an eye on my feed, me & the team here at Distinct have some exciting plans... we can’t wait to share our thoughts with you.
So... the opportunity to take some time out having decided to join the guys at Distinct on their exciting journey gave me a chance to pause & reflect on a number of elements within my life, both personal & professional. Now this is only a light touch, so I’m only going to focus on a couple here, but if anyone wants the longer version give me a call, I’ll get the kettle on ;)
1) I realised how much I LOVE recruitment
What!?!?! You don’t hear many people say that out loud, it’s almost frowned upon. Why? Because all recruitment consultants are failed double glazing salesman or estate agents aren’t they… Well, No. I, like many in my industry, am proud of what I do for a living, and believe that recruitment done properly doesn’t only add value in a commercial sense to a business or an individual but also personally. Impacting the well being, the families & the lives of those clients & candidates I work with. After all, we all spend a lot of time at work don’t we…
2) Stand up for what you believe in
Quite simple really… we’re all passionate about something, a sports team, a hobby, and in our careers (usually) a particular way of how things should be done. This is your professional ethos, your values. Be passionate and do not be compromised, after all they will stay with the people you touch long after you’ve moved on.
3) Look after yourself
Take that gym class, make that phone call to that friend you’ve not seen in ages, send that text to your other half, get home that bit early to do something spontaneous. Now, I am in no way the finished article in this field of expertise, but if anyone is interested I can happily recommend a couple of great books, one in particular is loads of fun to work your way through!
4) There's always room for toast :)
This one may well be purely personal to me, but it never ceases to amaze me that no matter how much food my eldest daughter consumes, there's always room for that 1 extra slice of toast (and when you're only 18 months old, why not!)
So there you have it, 4 top tips to leave you with as we head toward the weekend - whatever you get up to, enjoy!
Finally, I’ve been overwhelmed by the kind messages from people this week, as you can expect it’s been a little crazy so if I haven’t got back to you just yet please bear with me, I will make sure I respond ;)
Also, please feel free to connect with me socially to keep in touch. Always a good way to keep close to what's going on & how we see the world here @ Distinct.
- Alex Alcock, Director of Accountancy & Finance, Distinct Recruitment< Back to Blog