How I discovered the secrets to career success

My name is Mary Hope and in one way or another I have spent my entire professional life having a profound impact on people’s careers.

For eight of them I was a headhunter, recruiting senior individuals for a range of roles across the public sector. Working to a brief provided by the employer,

I was advising (and often deciding) who got interviews and who didn’t. I was writing questions for interviews and in a powerful position to influence the final decision. My assignments include placing local authority Chief Executives, NDPB Directors, Charity Directors, Housing Association Chief Executives and NHS Directors.

In addition to advising the employers, I was giving feedback and coaching to applicants to help them improve their job-hunting skills. I am now working more with candidates and employees. My passion is to advise and support people on how to make their career a success, to get paid more, promoted faster and feel more satisfied.

I loved this work. I really enjoyed the window it gave me to so many differing role in a variety of organisations and I met so many really impressive people. And I really liked the work with the candidates; opening their eyes to the mysteries of senior recruitment. I liked it so much I took it up full time.

Before my recruitment experience I spent over 20 years in (secondary) teaching, training, recruiting, coaching and human resource management. I have worked in Human Resources in both public and private sectors. I am a Fellow of the CIPD, an NLP practitioner, a qualified psychometric tester and have a diploma in coaching, (awarded a distinction, accredited by the Association for Coaching) and an ILM Master Trainer Qualification. So I have lots of personal experience of career change!

And whilst I do work for myself now, I also keep my hand in by working for organisations: I am on the Boards of  Eastbourne Homes Ltd and of Sussex Housing and Care.  I sit on the Exceptional Hardship Property Panels for the HS2 train line, for Heathrow Third Runway and Thames Tideway Tunnels: I was a Lay Interviewer for the Judicial Appointments Commission. I deliver training to groups of people and still do some HR advice and strategy work.

I have been in business since 2010.. and so have significant experience of coaching, writing and marketing. I am still involved in Executive Recruitment and actively supporting my learning around HR. I have just attended a postgrad course at the University of Kent on Psychology in the Workplace. I work as a volunteer for Citizens Advice and am president of my local WI.


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