After graduating from Loughborough University with a degree in Sociology, I gained my first recruitment role in a boutique secretarial agency as a permanent consultant. After three years of office support recruitment, I decided to take the next step and pursue a career in HR recruitment, where I then joined Oakleaf!
I now recruit permanent roles for HR professionals across the Commerce and Industry division, focusing primarily on the FMCG, Pharma/Healthcare, Business to Business and Professional Bodies sectors.
With a passion for travel, I try to visit as many new countries as possible each year, making the most of long weekends away. When I’m not at home spending time down the beach, I am exploring the London social scene, keeping fit or spending time with my sisters. I also run the charity and campaign ‘Driving with Grace’, which raises awareness of dangerous driving and money for victims of road accidents.
Emily Smoothy, Consultant on our Commerce & Industry team, gives her top tips on making the transition between a role in the public and private sector...
Firstly I want to let you know that I have had some recent interaction with several agencies who in my opinion have made things more difficult for me while looking for a new role. They have not come back to me and I have really struggled to them at all which as you can imagine is incredibly frustrating. Emily has been completely different and has been really delightful to deal with through a stressful time for me. Emily contacted me about a role (that has subsequently been filled) however has maintained regular contact with me via emails and calls. She has been brilliant and with our regular catch ups she has not over exceeded my expectations at any point which the other agencies have done so. She has really made me feel like she cares about me and my situation and overall has made me not feel like another 'number'. I am not sure if you do any staff rewards or recommendation programmes but I would like to nominate Emily. I will make sure to use your recruitment agency in the future over anyone else.
Tina Faughnan - Learning and Development, Travelport
I’ve worked with Emily for just over a year spanning two separate companies. Having worked in agency and in-house recruitment for a number of years I know the importance of truly understanding a client’s culture and from the very early stages of our working together, it was clear Emily has a similar approach. She’s proven she will work hard to deliver where other consultancies have failed. Emily has played a key role in a number of our HQ hires over the last year and I look forward to continuing that relationship moving forwards.
Robin Kinley - Talent Manager, Lawyers on Demand