Today we speak with Recruitment Consultant, Hannah Tugman, who specializes in Housing Management. Hannah has recently been awarded employee of the month and in line with Oyster’s shortlist as the ‘Best Company To Work For’ in the IRP Awards, we ask her about the journey so far.

How long have you been working at Oyster?
1 year and 2 months.

What was your background before Oyster?
Before delving into recruitment I was a personal shopper at Harvey Nichols.

Why did you decide to join Oyster?
I worked in Luxury retail doing the same hours I do now and in sales but earning no commission. I wanted to be able to control my income and I had done a bit of recruitment admin before. I went to Oyster and met Sasza (MD), Hannah Clarke (Talent Acquisition Manager) and Jas (Divisional Manager). They went through the company’s values, how the office operates, and how they personally started in recruitment and it was really refreshing and exciting. I liked that Oyster was not a massive company where I could easily get lost and achievements were not recognised. For me personally, the opportunity Oyster offers was ahead of the rest in comparison to the other agencies I had interviews with.

How do you think Oyster compares to other recruitment agencies?
At Oyster the culture is more relaxed, however we do still work very hard. As cringe-worthy as it does sound, we are like family. The incentives are amazing and the company actually does stick to its word. I don’t know many other organisations where you have a one-on-one relationship with the MD and they genuinely try and help you achieve all of your goals on a professional and personal level.

What do you like most about working for Oyster?
The atmosphere socially and the fact that you are allowed to get on with your work and not micromanaged.

Why did you get awarded employee of the month?
I managed to book 17 interviews and cover my desk while two of my colleagues were on annual leave. My attitude was praised during this busy time for positivity and initiative.

How will you get rewarded?
I went for lunch at high-end restaurant, 45 Jermyn Street, followed by a bar crawl around Mayfair.

What’s been the biggest highlight since you joined Oyster?
Having Jas as my Manager which is a never ending highlight.

What’s been the biggest challenge since you joined Oyster?
Learning to deal with challenging people.

Where would you like to see yourself professionally in 5 years?
Running my own company, or as a senior Business Development Manager.

What advice would you give to someone considering a job at Oyster?
Be very open and have a goal in mind. Also be prepared as this is not a 9-5.

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