Senior Consultant John Boyle is celebrating five years at Hunter Campbell. We talk to John about his job and what he enjoys doing at work and outside of work.
John is part of our Supply Chain, Operations and Procurement team and he focuses on recruiting mid to senior level roles in Operations, Manufacturing, Production and Health and Safety.
Hunter Campbell Founding Partner Ken Webb says as the first Hunter Campbell employee, John was taking a leap of faith joining a start-up, albeit with experienced recruiters.
“His move was definitely our gain. John is a key member of our team – he’s diligent and he works very hard. His extensive experience in recruitment means he’s able to operate effectively across a wide range of industries,” Ken says.
“He can always be relied upon to do a great job and to lend a hand to others in the team when they need it.”
John – what do you like most about your job?
I really like the people I work with. I’ve known the Founding Partners and been working with them for years now, so I followed them to Hunter Campbell from my previous job. They’re good sorts who tell it like it is. At Hunter Campbell, everyone works together well and there is a good level of collaboration and knowledge sharing. There definitely isn’t a better business that I’ve worked for.
I’ve been working in recruitment for a long time now (18 years!!) and I still find it satisfying when I’m able to find the right person for a role that’s hard to fill. It’s great when a client is happy with the outcome of the recruitment process and they come back to us again with further roles to recruit.
Tell us about your career journey to date?
I’m originally from the UK but spent time in New Zealand working in the freight industry in the 1990s. I went back to the UK in 2001 and an off the cuff remark from a friend got me thinking about trying recruitment as a job. I started from there and got a role in Southampton recruiting Sales and Marketing jobs.
The intention was always to come back to New Zealand and I moved back here with my family in 2005. I continued working in recruitment at a couple of firms, mainly in Sales, and I was also responsible for new business development.
I started at Hunter Campbell just after it opened in 2014. It was busy from the get-go and it’s just gone from strength to strength from there.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
As an employee, I feel proud to have been a part of growing Hunter Campbell to where it is today from the early days as a start-up.
Another highlight for me in a previous role was back in 2008 at the heart of the GFC when there was not a lot of work around, but we pitched for a large-scale project and won. It meant we placed more than 80 people in locations around New Zealand all within three months. It was the largest project I’ve ever worked on and there was a huge sense of achievement when it was completed.
What does your average workday look like?
The answer is, it depends! Each role is always at in a different stage so I could be interviewing candidates, searching for candidates or checking references – there’s always a lot on.
Finalising appointments is a critical part of the recruitment process so that remains a key focus. Recruitment is two-way. Just as the client needs to be confident they’ve found the person for the job, the candidate needs to be pleased with what’s on offer and see it as a really positive career move. Making sure each side is happy is something we have to get right and it’s another part of the job I enjoy.
Name three things you would do on your perfect day off?
That would definitely have to involve a round of golf – 18 holes – and having a BBQ with family and friends would be high on my agenda. Then we’d head up to Mangawhai, where we have a caravan, to spend some time at the beach.
What is the nicest (or strangest) compliment you have received?
One of our team members here looked at my old driver licence picture that was taken a long time ago and said I hadn’t aged a day! That was nice to hear.