Ricky Ruddock, Red Executive’s Head of Business Development, shares what made him choose this profession, why he loves it and what it takes to be successful.
Q: How long have you worked in Recruiting?
I’ve been a Recruiter for 15 years but during that time I have worked in many different areas like corporate, betting and now technology.
Q: How did you get into Recruiting?
I had just graduated University and I was offered a job in London to work for the rail network but I wasn’t ready to leave Scotland. So, I passed on the opportunity and was looking for a job.
One day I saw an ad for a job at Hays. I thought, why not? Let’s give it a bash. That’s how I began my career in Recruiting. That job changed everything, especially my career path. It’s now 15 years later and I still happily work in Recruiting.
For me, Recruiting is the ideal industry, it involves international travel, autonomy and start-up environment.
Q: How did you end up in Digital Tech Recruiting?
As I mentioned, I started my Recruiting career at Hayes and then moved onto the Betting industry.
When I first started working in betting, there was a lot of curiously around it. It wasn’t as mainstream as it is today and there was high demand for Talent. After about 5 years, it became more mainstream and talent was more accessible. As the industry became more saturated, Recruiters’ become further removed from the process and less personal. It became less interesting.
It felt like it was the right time to find another industry, one that I could be more involved in and see the direct impact of finding the right hire on the business.
Around 2008, a lot of VC money was going into Digital Tech businesses. These companies needed to expand and needed the necessary Talent. I saw an opportunity to work in an interesting and up and coming industry.
That’s how I moved to Digital Tech Recruiting & Red Executive.
8 years on and I still find Tech Recruiting interesting and challenging. We can develop relationships with the business founders and owners; we work closely with industry people and that’s what I love.
Q: What is the best part of working in Digital Tech Recruiting?
We can be part of something before its big.
Business are still trying to emulate the early successes of the ‘big guys’ from 2008 and create new and innovative products that will disrupt the market. But to be successful they need the right hires.
We partner with these companies to help them achieve their goals and be part of something exciting! Since it’s a Candidate driven market, it makes it even more interesting. Since we engage with the top 20% of talent, these Candidates know their stuff and it allows us to constantly learn.
Another aspect I love about working in Tech recruiting, I can send a CV to a top guy at a huge company and get direct feedback. I like being able to talk to business leaders because our relationships are built on trust. They know we aren’t sending over poor CV’s or that we operate as a CV shop. We only send Candidates that we believe will bring their business value. We work together to find the people.
I enjoy the challenge to find the right match between candidate and client and when I do, it’s extremely rewarding.
Q: What advice do you have for new Recruiters?
Be prepared to work hard and be challenged daily.
Every call, every email, every conversation is an opportunity to learn something new.
Q: What is the one thing you know today that you wish you knew when you first started?
How important data and tech would become in everyday lives. I would have moved to digital tech recruiting sooner 😉
Q: What is the hardest part about being a recruiter?
You never want to miss out on the opportunity to place a Candidate with the right opportunity, allowing the Candidate to get their ideal job and help the Client solve a problem by providing the right hire.
So, you need to remember all the details of the conversations you had with both Candidates and Clients.
Q: How do you ensure the Candidate has a good experience?
I believe in total honesty.
I always give feedback, whether if it’s good or bad.
Q: What is your top interview tip?
Always send a follow-up email after an interview.
The email must thank everyone you met with for their time. Also, it provides an opportunity to provide additional information about why you are right for the role, information you didn’t get a chance to mention in the interview.
Q: What is your favourtie movie?
Happy Gilmore. You can’t hate Adam Sandlar.
Q: What is your favourite book?
It’s a tie between two:
- Wolf of Wall street (before the movie ruined it). I found it on the bottom shelf of the airport store and thought ‘this could be interesting.’ Best. Find. Ever.
- The Snowball: Warren Buffet and the Business of Life.
Q: What is your favourite meal?
Pizza from this restaurant in Malta called Vecchia Napoli. I always order a Margarita pizza with parma ham and parmesan shavings. Delicious.
Do you have any questions about Recruitment or the Tech industry? Connect with Ricky on LinkedIn.