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Q&A with Sean Martin

05 May 2019 by Mason Alexander
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​We caught up with MA Principal Consultant Sean Martin to find out a bit more about his background, what his market is like at the moment, and what advice he would give to job searchers!


How did you get into recruitment?

I realised, while working for a financial services company, that I didn’t like working in a job that involved sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day. I had a friend who was working in recruitment and I decided to talk to her about a career change. She explained that working in recruitment involved being out of the office, meeting clients and candidates, and was different everyday. It really appealed to me so I decided to apply for a recruitment role and I haven’t looked back since!


What do you do at MA?

I work on the business and technology transformation desk, my focus is on permanent positions within the PMO space.


What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

I worked in a deli in my local Centra when I was 16 and I only stayed for about 3 weeks. It was awful!


Why did you choose to work at MA?

I met with a number of companies at the start of the year, however when I met with MA I found their ambition matched mine. I knew that MA were going to scale very quickly and that this would be a good time to join, so I did!


What does a typical day at work / or work week look like for you?

Very busy!! A standard week for me would usually involve working on three roles, meeting with five candidates and having two client meetings and sourcing for candidates for my live roles.


What’s the best way to start the day?

Wake up early and try get a gym session in, it doesn’t happen as often as I would like.


What’s one thing that’s coming up in 2019 that you’re excited about?

I’m really looking forward to seeing the MA Technology team growing over the next couple of months.


Would you recommend MA to friends/colleagues? Why?

Definitely! MA is a dynamic, growing company with the right amount of ambition and drive to succeed.


Favourite book to read? Or series to binge on?

Lord of the Rings Trilogy are definitely the best books that I have ever read. My favourite series to binge on would be Game of Thrones or Billions.


What is your market like at the moment?

Extremely busy! The country is the closest it has been to full employment in the last few years which in turn means that we are in a very candidate driven market. Now is a great time to consider preparing a CV and start talking to MA!


Any tips for people looking for a new job?

Be honest with yourself and make sure you are 100% dedicated before preparing a CV. Set up a LinkedIn profile and see what recruiters are working in your market and arrange a meeting with them. Make sure to give them as much information as possible as there is only so much you can get from a CV.
If you are working with a good recruiter they will be able to give you insights into companies you may be interested in and introduce you to the right people and most importantly give you plenty of prep work before you go in for an interview.

Are you looking to make your next move? Contact Sean today!