Consultant Callum Davis is celebrating one year at Hunter Campbell this month. We talk to him about his job and what he enjoys doing at work and outside of work.
Callum works in our Accounting and Finance team, specialising in the newly qualified contracting market. He is an expert in finding great candidates across the full spectrum of accounting roles from financial accounting as well as budgeting and forecasting through to reporting and software implementations.
Hunter Campbell Founding Partner Lee Marshall says Callum brings a very special energy to the team, which is perfectly suited to the demands of the contract and temporary market.
“We first met Callum nearly a year before he joined the business, but he was worth the wait! Not only does he have an exceptionally high conversion rate, often working on hard to fill roles, but he is also very knowledgeable around systems, SQL and the benefits this skill set can bring to an organisation.
“He has grown brilliantly in his first year with us and he’s an important part of the Hunter Campbell family.”
What do you like most about your job?
Working at Hunter Campbell specifically is one of the things I like most about being in recruitment. The team, the high-performance culture of the business and the leaders all make it so enjoyable.
Even though working in recruitment can be fairly autonomous, there is a great culture here and shared values that filter down. The team is really cohesive and they want to see everyone succeed. Everyone is focused and driven, but at the same time we have a lot of fun.
As a recruitment consultant, you are responsible for contributing towards the overall business performance and that’s what keeps me engaged. Personally, I’ve grown a lot in the last year and I am constantly learning.
Tell us about your career journey to date?
It has been varied. I actually started my career as a Calibration Engineer and then I decided to go to University. I left the UK for South East Asia and then spent a year in Australia working around the country in a number of sales roles.
I had a friend working in recruitment who highly recommended it and the job appealed to me. I got my first job in the industry when I moved to Auckland in 2017 before moving to Hunter Campbell last year and here I am.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
I really like finding out of the box solutions for clients. Sometimes a candidate might not look like the right match on paper, but in person it’s a different story and they might be an excellent option for a role.
I remember placing one candidate in a business where his skill set wasn’t what they had initially had in mind. But we consulted with the client, they met him and loved him, so he got the job. I was pleased to hear that he recently got promoted as well. There’s a lot of satisfaction in finding the right person for a job.
Another highlight was being given the opportunity to work at Hunter Campbell because of the reputation they have. Before I worked here, I heard a lot about Hunter Campbell from clients and candidates who always had good things to say.
What does your average workday look like?
No two days are the same, it can be a roller coaster. The contracting market is busy and moves fast so on most days, I am busy staying in touch with clients and with candidates who are available or due to become available.
I am always on the lookout for skilled candidates for contract roles or to grow the base of quality contractors and I conduct a fair number of interviews each week.
What would you do on your perfect day off?
First, I’d start with an early gym session then I’d be going out for breakfast, ideally all of this would be done before 10.00am. If the weather permits, I’ll get to the beach – being in the cold water on a hot day is invigorating. I would round the day off with a cooked meal, a glass of wine and a movie with my partner.
What is the nicest (or strangest) compliment you have received?
I placed an overseas candidate in a role here and after he started in the new job, he came into the office and dropped off a gift. He couldn’t have been more gracious in the way he thanked me for helping him. It was such a nice compliment that I’ll always remember. It reinforced what we often talk about, which is how rewarding it is being able to have a profound impact on peoples’ careers.