Jennifer O’Donoghue manages Temporary Office Support at Eden Recruitment.
How did you end up in the Green Chair?
Having left school, I became a cabin crew member in Aer Lingus. Travelling the world, staying in amazing hotels in places like LA, New York and Chicago – I was the envy of my friends! It was a thrill to visit destinations I might not have got to otherwise, but after two years I felt it was time to settle into a job that was on the ground!
I was drawn to recruitment because it is so people-oriented. Building relationships on a daily basis, visiting clients, interviewing brilliant new candidates and making sure everyone is satisfied. That was the original appeal, and still is.
What do you like about the sector that you work in?
As temporary office support coordinator, I am very busy between client bookings and qualifying new candidates and I like the fast pace. In the temporary division I work to urgent turn-around times which always keeps me on my toes and challenges me! The feeling of accomplishment in helping a client in need gives me great satisfaction.
What are the stand-out trends in the sector at the moment?
The unemployment rate at 4.4% leaves the country with very few people who are both willing and able to undertake many temp roles. I have to ensure my candidates’ needs are satisfied by building relationships in order to retain them.
What advice do you have for people opting for temporary employment?
Candidates in my sector are evaluated squarely on performance. If they get on well, the client will ask for them the next time they need staff – which will then keep them busy with work and help make valuable connections with the company.
Let us in on one thing your clients will be surprised to hear about you?
Two things maybe – amateur dramatics has been a passion since I was three and I have over 20 musicals under my belt, among them Oliver!, RENT, All Shook Up and Guys and Dolls. I’m also involved in charity organisations and have travelled to Africa to help build classrooms and hospitals in Lesotho.
… and what about your ‘passion shot’ in the background?
This was yours truly taking part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2015 for St. Francis Hospice Charity, would you believe!!