Friday 8th of March marks International Women’s day. A day dedicated to raising awareness and forging a gender balanced world. This year the theme is #BalanceforBetter. Balance drives a better working world. Let’s all help to create a better and inclusive world by supporting and celebrating the inspirational women who break stereotypes and champion equality in the world as well as the workplace.

As part of our ongoing #RecruitmentMeansDiversity initiative, we’ve interviewed many of these women; fantastic individuals who have some excellent advice, stories, and inspiration.

Considering the growing fight for talent in our industry and the increased emphasis on diversity within our businesses, The Recruitment Network is committed to looking at how the recruitment industry currently attracts, retains, and treats their female talent.

Read our series of interviews from these Inspirational Women from across the Recruitment Industry. As part of our Women Mean Business initiative, we want to shine a spotlight on women in business, so we have conducted a series of interviews with successful women in our industry, to hear from them about the challenges they face and what inspires them.

Interview with Tara Ricks

Included in the 2015 Global Power 100 Women in Staffing list, Ex Director of Randstad UK as well as Chair of APSCo, Tara is a highly experienced recruitment thought-leader and shares her drives, successes, challenges and lessons.

Interview with Carol Rosati

With over 25 years in search, Carol Rosati OBE has championed women in senior leadership for a decade since founding the women’s board network Inspire in 2008 whilst heading up the CFO practice at Harvey Nash.

Interview with Angela Franks

In 2011 Angela took ownership of Macmillan Davies and now as Joint Managing Director, she plays a central role in the growth of the business across its offices in London, Birmingham and Manchester

Interview with Karen Silk

Karen is the Joint Owner and Managing Director of Capital international Staffing Ltd, which specialises in engineering recruitment throughout the UK and Europe.

Interview with Natasha Clarke

Natasha started her career at SThree with Recruitment Specialists Progressive in 1994. In 1997, she was the founding Managing Director of Pathway (now part of Real Staffing Group) and headed up SThree’s first office in the Middle East in 2008.

Interview with Michelle Reilly

Michelle is the founder of 6CATS International. Winner of RI award for Best Supplier Company for Customer Service in 2018. Michelle shares her

Interview with Angela Peart

MD of Utilty People Angela, is passionate about changing opinions on how the industry recruit’s talent. She shares her struggles, challenges, successes and advice.

Interview with Julie O’Neill

Julie is now the Joint Managing Director. McCall sits within Empresaria, the global staffing group.

Interview with Melina Jacovou

Melina founded Propel London in 2001 to help drive and support the talent needs of the digital economy. Propel is now one of the UK’s largest independent digital talent businesses. Melina talks inspiration, mentoriship, challenges and much more

Women in Recruitment Mentoring Programme

At The Recruitment Network we have realised the importance of encouraging and empowering women in recruitment. We have launched a mentoring programme which brings together mentors and mentees to build up and equip women in recruitment with all the tools they need to succeed.

If you’d like to get involved in our mentoring programme as a mentee or a mentor then please click here. 

Below we’ve shared a couple of the stories from individuals enrolled in our programme.

Name: Lauren Cooper

Company: Square One Resources

Position: HR Director

  1. What made you sign up the TRN Women Mean Business Mentoring Programme?

I identified that for me to gain maximum exposure to a wealth of experience I could tap into this by entering the programme which would allow for more meaningful networking over a period of time.

  1. What’s been the value of having a mentor and the mentoring Programme?

I had a tough career decision to make and my mentor helped me see it from a different standpoint and helped me make the right decision in the end, deep down I knew it was, but I needed someone with the right experience to validate it for me.

  1. How has it helped?

Confidence levels, that as usual we sometimes are our own worst enemies and doubt that you are doing the best you can. I realised I also had something to offer my mentor

  1. What would you say to any woman considering taking on a mentoring programme?

I would say, why would you not? Embrace it and be open.

Name: Katie O’Cleary

Company: Boden Resource

Position: Business Support Manager

  1. What made you sign up the TRN Women Mean Business Mentoring Programme?

I currently work in the support function at Boden Resource and there isn’t anyone else that does my job, which includes internal recruitment, therefore I was really interested to speak with someone with the same experience as me and the career path they have taken and how they have got to where they are now.

  1. What’s been the value of having a mentor and the mentoring Programme?

What has been most valuable to me is speaking with someone who has followed a career path very similar to mine and to find out how they have done this.

  1. How has it helped?

As I mentioned before because there is no one else that does my job it’s really interesting to find out how someone in my role should be KPI’d and learning best practices. It is also nice to see what my future may look like if I work hard and see where I can get to in my career

  1. What would you say to any woman considering taking on a mentoring programme?

I say 100% do it, there is always someone out there that knows something you don’t, whether you take 1 thing or 100 things from it, it is 100% worth the scheme