After graduating from Reading University with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Film Studies, I decided to move to London to start my career. Unsure of which direction to take, I soon realised that recruitment would satisfy my desire to work in a fast paced and busy environment. I wanted to work in a role that would enable me to build relationships with people, utilise my interpersonal skills and learn about how businesses work. I joined a large global recruitment firm and specialised in PA/secretarial within the Professional services sector for just under 3 years. Throughout this time, I built strong relationships with HR professionals with my honest and direct approach. I plan to continue to build strong relationships with both my clients and candidates at Oakleaf Partnership and hope to build a successful desk.
I now recruit HR Professionals on an interim basis into the Professional Services and Financial services sector for candidates looking to work in learning, resourcing and HR.
In my spare time I like to have a busy social life, spending time with friends and family, going on as many holidays I can and attending music festivals. Having recently moved to London, I am trying to fill my weekends exploring all the bars and restaurants the City has to offer!
Lauren Hewlett rounds off our Spotlight on Financial Services this week with a sector review.
I recently had the pleasure of working with Lauren and her colleagues at Oakleaf when I decided to return to work after an eight year career break. Having just completed a 3 month Return to Work plan as my only recent experience, Lauren was quick to champion me as a candidate and helped me appreciate the relevancy and value of my skills. Within just six weeks, Lauren had identified numerous opportunities, very efficiently arranged insightful briefings, interviews, feedback exchanges and an offer! I was so impressed! What I appreciated most was Lauren's professionalism and genuine commitment to matching her clients and candidates, both technically and culturally. I have no hesitation in endorsing Lauren and the Oakleaf team and look forward to working with them again in the future.
I always found you very friendly, helpful and prompt in my dealings with you. Ahead of my initial interview it was useful to have you call and explain what I could expect from my interview (which was spot on by the way). You checked in with me down the track and we caught up for lunch which was a good way to build our relationship and I thought really went the extra mile. As you know, I had a friend recently move over to London and because of my positive previous experience with you, you were top of mind to recommend to her!
Samantha Foley- HR Manager, Arney Fender Katsalidis
Lauren worked with me to secure my latest contract through Oakleaf with Newton Europe. From the initial response to my application through to offer, Lauren has been a pleasure to deal with; quick to respond to queries and provided useful insights that helped the preparation for interviews. I would recommend Lauren without hesitation to candidates and clients and look forward to securing further contracts through Oakleaf.
Simon Carter- Senior Talent Acquisition, Newton Europe
I would highly recommend Oakleaf Partnership, they know how to look after you and your career development! Very professional and always listen to your needs - well done guys and in particular Lauren Hewlett helping me find my next role. She was responsive with any questions, provided a detailed background on her client and working environment. I felt at ease throughout the process and she continually kept in touch during the background screening and even when I started.
Suleyman Hassan - Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist
Lauren matched my skills and background perfectly with an excellent job opportunity. Lauren took time to understand my professional experience and career aspirations. She had provided me with a full brief of available vacancies, company overview and followed up me with a regular feedback from my interviews. Lauren has good people skills, she is very proficient and I would recommend her recruitment consultant services to people who are searching for their next job opportunity.
Katarzyna Witkowska - HR Consultant, FCA