Helping you work towards a more fulfilling career
14th June 2019
Every month we invite a guest expert from Wellness HQ’s specialist directory to talk about their particular field. For June we speak to Katie Redfern of Meaningful Recruitment about how to get the most out of your job so you can thrive both professionally and personally
Please tell us what makes your recruitment company so different to all the others out there?
I set up Meaningful Recruitment almost three years ago. I work with clients all over the UK and have created a name for myself as the ‘go to’ person if you are going through career changes in your life and you want to work for an organisation that makes a difference in the world we live in today.
What do you mean by this?
I work with a large number of meaningful organisations around the UK by running recruitment campaigns for them or providing consultancy services. All of my clients are making a positive impact in the workplace such as Raleigh International, UNICEF, Action for Medical Research, Moving Worlds, SUDC UK, CoolStays and the National Youth Ballet.
Can you give us a bit of background on your professional career so far?
I have developed my professional experience over the past 20 years and am a career coach, adviser and recruitment expert. I’m passionate about empowering people to get the mojo back in their careers and have helped thousands of clients transform through courses and one-to-one consultations. These focus on areas such as building interview confidence, mentoring through a career change, advising on CVs and running LinkedIn Power Hours plus so much more.
Why did you feel the need to set up your own recruitment agency?
I felt I needed to create a business to help people overcome barriers in their work life that were becoming more and more obvious with the economic climate and challenges around today. My clients’ needs weren’t being met at work and they were highly stressed and overwhelmed by similar frustrations like being over-performance managed, required to deliver unachievable targets and feeling like a number rather than a person. Many people also needed help reconnecting to who they are ‘now’ after a career break such as having children or looking after dependants.
How did you galvanise yourself into action?
While I was starting to think about creating this business, two big events happened in close succession which spurred me on. Two dear friends sadly passed away in the same year while in their 30s and I realised that life can be too short. It needs to be lived, doing things we love and jobs we love. So, Meaningful Recruitment was born and my mission is to help people move to a work life with purpose and financial rewards in the right working environment which suits their personal needs.
Why do you love what you do?
I love my job largely because I’ve personally witnessed thousands of clients transform from feeling washed out and fearful to feeling excited and motivated about their present and future. Consulting with organisations who want to make a positive social impact is very exciting too and creates lots of positive energy within the workplace and in communities.
Top tips on how to maintain your sanity at work
Don’t try to change your co-workers
Remember that you can’t change anyone – you can only change the way you react to them. So try not to let other people’s actions affect you. Instead try to work out a way to avert uncomfortable situations or figure out a way to resolve conflicts when you have a calm head on you.
Block out petty irritations and chatter
We all experience them and everyone deals with them differently. So, if office politics start gnawing at your nerves, you can use this option: shut them out. Seek solace by going outside for some fresh air, closing your door if you have one, leaving your desk for a break, or plugging in your headphones. Don’t get sucked into negativity – get away from it.
Identify a reward outside of your job and indulge yourself during the day or at the end of the day. It could be dinner with friends, watching a movie, exercise or a pampering session. Just as stress from home can interfere with work, the positive aspects of your life can influence mood at work as well – it works both ways!
What my clients say they’re looking for help with:
To feel happy and content in their work life
To feel confident about themselves and their career direction
To feel fulfilled in their work and have meaning in what they are contributing to
Areas that can impact on work life include:
Low career confidence
Lack of job satisfaction and purpose
Mental health and self-belief
When my clients go through phases of experiencing these over a long period of time it can lead to a difficult work life – and home life too. I support clients in one-to-one sessions through a variety of packages that help meet their needs and boost them so they feel energised, powered up and ready for their journey ahead.
For more information and top tips go to www.meaningfulrecruitment.co.uk and for more information on how Wellness HQ’s directory can help you in life visit www.wellnesshq.co.uk