Nicola Marks is an office recruiter in St Albans

Nicola Marks

Director of Home Counties

Q: How did you get to your current position?
I had already been in recruitment for 8 years when I joined Tate back in 2004 to open a new office for them in St Albans.  The team and I grew the business from a startup situation, to a successful office over the next few years and then in 2008 I went on maternity leave with my first child.  I returned later that year on a part time basis and continued to manage the St Albans team for the next 8 years.  In January 2018 I was promoted to my current role, Regional Director for the Home Counties area.

Q: What qualities do you look for in your team and why? 
I always look for people that have a strong work ethic, who can demonstrate they have drive and resilience, as well as self-motivation.  In recruitment things don’t always go your way so the ability to persevere and keep motivated is vital.  A positive attitude is a must, as well as great sense of humour!

Q: What has been the biggest challenge in your career to date and why?
In early 2008 I went on mat leave and came back 8 months later to a very different market – That recession was incredibly tough to work through and I remember it being a really difficult time both internally and externally.  I made sure that my team remained focused on our core business and didn’t dilute our service in any way.  We looked at how we could add value to our service for our customers and were lucky enough to have a number of loyal recession proof clients that continued to spend throughout the tough times.

Q: What advice would you give to a younger 'you' starting out in your career?
Work hard, believe in yourself, respect those around you and always act with honesty and integrity.  And make sure you have fun along the way!.

Q: What motivates you and why? What gets you up in the morning?
I love feeling proud about the company I work for.  I couldn’t work for an organisation and sell their products or services if I didn’t believe they were the best.   I love working with people who inspire me every day and I love having a career that allows me to learn and develop as an individual  every day.

Q: What is your most memorable career moment?
Wining Business Manager of the Year at the Hertfordshire Business Awards was a very proud moment.

Q: What are your interests and hobbies outside of work?
I love relaxing and going on nice holidays with my family

Q: What is your favourite film?
Shawshank Redemption – love that film!

Q: Best book you've read?
The Damage Done by Warren Fellows– It’s an autobiography of a young guy who got caught smuggling drugs in Bangkok and his subsequent time in prison.