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A day in the life of a consultant

Business Development manager - Tiku van Houtem

With nearly over 100 consultants now and counting, Major Players is growing. Having been a Major Player for over eight years, Tiku van Houtem is one of our most experienced consultants and manages the Business Development team.

A dab hand at sourcing candidates and a trusted recruiter by clients, Tiku walks us through an average day at the Major office in Covent Garden and how she landed and loves her life in recruitment.

How did you arrive at recruitment?

After a stint travelling, I decided I didn’t want to go back to my old career in media sales; I wanted to do something different.  Looking over my transferable skills, I contacted a few specialist recruiters in the media space. I was introduced to a “Recruiter for Recruiters” (or as they are known in the industry, a ‘rec to rec’).  My recruiter presented me with a couple of opportunities, one being at Major Players. Fast forward eight years and I still love my job.

Walk us through your day

My day starts with a wake-up call at 5:30, by my cat, Rani! She is a very reliable alarm clock; however, I haven’t managed to change her weekend setting yet…

Door to door, it takes me 45 minutes to get to the office. I have breakfast when I arrive around 8am and being spoilt for choice in Covent Garden, my breakfast varies from avocado and eggs, Turkish simit/ bagel, muesli, Pret veg pot or an almond croissant.

I recruit for new business, business development and marketing roles for all marketing services agencies. Everything I do requires careful matching and so understanding a client’s requirements and a candidate's needs are paramount.

A typical day will involve meeting both candidates and clients, as without one the other doesn’t work. The morning starts will be a mixture of getting and relaying feedback from clients and candidates on interviews they have had.

Checking CVs from candidates who may have applied for roles and making initial contact to ascertain suitability and then booking a meeting with them is another significant portion of my day.

To end the working day, I might go to the gym, maybe have a drink or attend a networking event, including the many put on by Major Players.

What’s your favourite thing to do in Covent Garden?

Eating, drinking and shopping are a given. There are a lot of opportunities to do cultural things just around the corner from the office. Both the British Museum and the National Portrait Gallery are only a few minutes walk away. Christmas time is always special in Covent Garden.

What do you love most about your job?

I love that I am continually learning. The marketing landscape is constantly evolving, and people are innovating all the time. I love meeting people, which is just as well as this is what the job is all about.

Recruiters are often stereotyped as trying to shoehorn people into jobs. I am in it for the long haul and therefore providing an excellent service is important to me. I like forming partnerships, and I enjoy working with candidates and clients where we are both working toward a common goal.

Finding a dream role for a candidate and dream candidate for a client is hugely satisfying.