In our latest series of blogs we are going to be hearing from each member of the team here at iMultiply Resourcing. The first is from from our MD Kirsty Mackenzie - Kirsty tells us about her background, why she loves recruitment and why iMultiply are so great.
My background & experience
Having graduated from Edinburgh University with a business degree, I spent the early part of my career as a recruitment consultant with an international FTSE 250 recruitment company.
I took a couple of years out which allowed me to live in Australia, gain some work experience within Marketing and explore some of the amazing sites the world has to offer.
On returning to Scotland (and reality), I picked up where I left off with my previous employer and quickly worked my way up to Manager of their Edinburgh Finance division before setting up their IT discipline for Scotland. I gained valuable experience, successfully recruited at all levels and established a large network across a variety of SME’s.
Seeing a gap in the market for a next-generation finance recruitment agency, I moved on to create iMultiply Resourcing.
How I got into Recruitment & why I love it
I’ve always had a keen interest in business and I knew I wanted to work in a role which allowed me to deal with people and add value. Keen to venture into the world of recruitment, I applied for a Recruitment Consultant position which I’d seen advertised after consulting the Times 100 Best Companies to work - the rest is history!
I love recruitment because it’s challenging and every day is different!
A day in the life
My day in the office starts before 8, I like to get in early to plan my day and make some calls before our team meeting at 8.30. We have a quick meeting each morning to catch up on what’s happened the day before, share ideas and discuss plans for the day. The rest of my morning is spent speaking with businesses, candidates and business development activities to drive the business forward. Customer service is key to our business and I aim to ensure that iMultiply are giving employers and candidates the best service possible.
Lunchtimes are normally spent at business meetings with customers or at networking events. As a new and growing business, it’s important to be out promoting iMultiply and meeting new people.
On the way back to the office, I catch up on emails and speak to the consultants to update them on any new roles.
When I return to the office, the rest of the afternoon is spent speaking with suppliers, businesses, candidates and organising our networking event. We are planning a networking event to link senior business professionals with CEO's of Edinburgh based charities who are looking for Board Members on a Pro Bono basis.
At least twice a week I like to attend a networking event, I find these are a great way to meet prospective customers and really boost the iMultiply brand.
I believed the market was ready for a good recruitment business truly focused on making people happy. We want recruiting and job hunting to be rewarding and for integrity, innovation and inclusion to be at the heart of everything
What makes us better than the other recruitment agencies?
Our people – we want to be the best so we employ the best. We work to our employees strengths and everyone has an important part to play in the success of iMultiply to date
My favourite thing about working for iMultiply
The culture – we have created a great working environment that is centred around our values: integrity, innovation and inclusion. We all have outgoing and fun-living personalities and are driven to succeed. In the spirit of our creative culture, we are trialling a new casual clothes policy (except for those days where we have meetings, obviously!) We are open to new ideas and encourage everyone to make the most out of their day and enjoy their time at work.
My best piece of recruitment advice
Sounds simple but don’t give up! It’s important to think about how you can utilise or strengthen your network.
A little bit about me outside work
Beyond business I enjoy working closely with a number of charities. I enjoy organising fundraising events for Cancer Research, sitting on a committee for Action for Children and being involved in mentoring young adults through Scottish Business in the Community. I’m also a keen runner and Taekwondo competitor. If I’m not working, socialising or exercising you’ll find me at home watching a good action film with a glass of red wine!