Meet The Team: Alexandra Biagioni Head of Career Moves HR - Media | Digital | Tech | Creative
- by Alexandra Biagioni
- 18 Jan 2017
Today we bring you the first in a series of "Meet The Team" posts. Career Moves have gone through a growth period over the past year with the team growing and many promotions being made. Each week we are going to introduce you to a team member so you can get to know them a bit better. Today, we introudce Head of HR - Media | Digital | Tech | Creative, Alexandra Biagioni.
- When did you first get into recruitment?
- Why did you get into recruitment?
I got a call from a Sourcer at Career Moves to ask if I would consider a job in recruitment, so I came in for an interview with the HR recruitment team. After meeting the team, I knew Career Moves was something I wanted to be a part of. I would never say recruitment was a career I actively sought out, but I love it and that’s why I’m still here!
- If you did something different before you started recruitment, what was it and why did you change to recruitment?
I worked as a Front of House Supervisor in Hospitality (a big Japanese gaming company who ran a bowling alley, bar and arcade!) I did all their stock checks, managed the staff rota & ran weekly payroll. I then got involved in an HR Audit (taking passport copies etc), getting all new employment contracts signed, implemented some new admin processes and also did some recruitment. I added this to my CV when I decided to look for a new role, and a few weeks later I got the call from Career Moves who, I believe, found my CV on Total Jobs.
- What is your favourite part of working at Career Moves?
The people. My colleagues (past and present) are best people and recruiters I could imagine working with – we all teach each other things and respect each other totally. I also love the clients and candidates I get to work with and at this point have built some really good relationships.
- What does your role involve a day in the life of…)?
Head into work, catching up on emails on the way in. When I arrive at the office, my team step away from our desks to go over what live roles we are working on, so that we all know what everyone is up to for the day ahead. My days mostly consist of speaking with candidates and clients, both about lives roles or just seeing what they’re up to. I’ll check in on any projects I’m working on, for example seeing how events for the year are shaping up. Generally I’ll meet with Marketing and Finance quite regularly, and make sure my team see me around so that they know I’m on hand for anything they need. Most days I will head out of the office at some point on meetings, it’s great being able to get away from my desk for meetings and really breaks the days up. I also like to get a game of pool in with a colleague every day if possible!
- What is your advice to people looking for a new role?
Know why you’re looking and what you want and don’t be afraid to talk about it. Be really honest with your recruiter as they need to know the full picture, don’t give them any nasty surprises along the way, just be up front. Also, don’t be surprised if your recruiter is chatty with you – we want to get to know you so that we can understand what you want more. On the flip side, try not to get frustrated if you don’t hear from us – if we’re not speaking to you it’s not because we’ve forgotten you, it’s just that we’re not working on anything that suits what you’re looking for. I’d like to think that’s true for most of us, anyway! Don’t be shy about checking in every now and then, we won’t mind.
If you’re going direct, make sure you think about your CV – don’t blindly send it out to all adverts you see, think about what you’re applying for – do you really have the skills for the role? If so, they should be on your CV!
- How do you help your clients find the perfect person to fill a role?
We meet everyone, or at the very least have a Skype or long telephone chat with people that we represent. We also head down to client offices and meet line managers – in my case, usually the HR team that is being hired into which is really handy. I make sure that I understand what the business goals are, what the team is like, and then narrow down to the role in question. It’s all about the bigger picture. A role isn’t just a role, it’s a really important part of a wider team and business strategy – even a standalone role has a wider connection to think about!
- What roles do you typically place?
Senior HR roles across all specialisms. I focus on permanent roles and long term contracts i.e. maternity covers. I work with media, creative and digital/tech brands that tend to be based in London on both contingent and retained assignments.
- What are some companies that you have worked with (to place people)?I’m really lucky that I get to cover so many industries. I have worked with well known, incredible brands such as MTV, Facebook, Rugby Football Union and Channel 4. I also work with brands that are perhaps less well known for their name, but really well known for their output. These brands are people like adam&eveDDB (the guys behind the John Lewis Christmas adverts) and Pottermore (the digital publishing/ecomm brand for Harry Potter & JK Rowling’s Wizarding World!)
- Fun fact about yourself
In my school years I was on SMTV: Live and Songs of Praise... does that count?!
- What do you like doing outside of work?
I’ve just bought my own place, so the last year has involved a lot of house “stuff”.
I also made it my mission to travel somewhere new every year, so while I missed the whole ‘travelling thing’ (never say never…), I do get away quite a lot.Since making this deal with myself when I joined Career Moves, I’ve been somewhere new at least once a year, including Thailand, Vegas, Malta and Budapest to name just a few and have more planned for 2017 already…I’ve got quite a big group of friends, many of whom I’ve known since I was 3 years old and we get away together multiple times each year – in 2016 we crammed in 7 trips away!
Aside from that, I’m all about family stuff, catching up with my siblings, parents, grandparents and generally having tonnes of fun with them.
- What’s on your bucket list?
To see the Northern Lights, learn to speak Italian and Interrail across Italy, visit family in Australia (an excuse to go to Whitsundays) and I would LOVE go to Carnival in Rio.
- What’s your goal for 2017?
I have a friend moving to New York for work this Spring, so currently 2017’s list of things to do include a trip to visit her, and hopefully an international festival seeing as I wasn’t one of the lucky ones to get Glastonbury tickets for 2017! It’s also my 30th so I’m aiming to plan something for that!
Feel free to get in contact with Alex via email or on 0207 758 4305.