Insight into life as a Professional Headhunter


In our first guest post by an employer, Martin Wigfield from Professional Headhunting firm Sagar Wright talks about why he loves his job.


What do I do for a day job? The best comparison is to that of a Football (or Movie) Agent, who finds the best talent, and introduces them to the best clubs, I represent some of the best clients in the Financial Services Industry (such as Aon & Deloitte) and am tasked with scouring the market for the best talent available.  For me, there isn’t a better feeling than delivering on a tricky client assignment.  Knowing you’re working with top industry professionals to help drive a business forward and in return increasing your own personal earnings is very satisfying.

The support in the Graduate Training Academy at Sagar Wright has been second to none. The first 6 weeks is all classroom based training with a really fun mix of role plays, interactive sessions and presentations (very unique in recruitment – some of my friends were only given 2 weeks training, or some none at all!).  Over the next 11 months of the training programme, David Gawthorpe (Graduate Training Academy Director) and Mark Bailey (Training Manager) showed me the ropes and gave me a phenomenal amount of ongoing mentoring and support.  I have weekly development meetings with my managers to discuss my progress, where they give me constructive advice on how I can improve.

The office culture at Sagar Wright is one of the best things about the firm: we are a genuinely close group of friends who are all likeminded and committed to being successful.  Our job can be stressful at times (it’s high level sales, but sales nonetheless!) and to break this up we make sure we rightly celebrate our successes.  We have regular social events and there is always someone to go for a drink with on a Friday.  The social side is great and includes annual all expenses paid trips to The Races, a Christmas Party at one of Leeds’ top restaurants and quarterly events which have included Private Cinema Screenings, Pool & Ping Pong tournaments, meals out and many others.

My favourite thing about this job is that I get out exactly what I put in.  The last 12 months have been great for me, I have worked my socks off and as a result I’ve regularly won the incentives competition, which has paid for new suits, weekends away in top hotels and meals out in Leeds’ leading restaurants.  The commission I’ve earned on my placements has paid for a 2 week trip across the Southern States of America – which is not a bad start for a 24 year old lad from Yorkshire who had no intention of spending £6.00 a pint in London!

I’ve now completed my training year and have been promoted to Consultant.  I’m currently one of the top performers in the team and last week the MD, Steve Wright, told me that I was on my way to achieving Fast Track Promotion.  This scheme was designed by the MD and allows top performers in the business to be promoted twice in 1 year!  Sagar Wright are hiring 15 graduates a year for the next 3 years’ so there’s lots of opportunity to grow and progress in the firm which I find really exciting!

Over the next 12 months’ I’m going to keep building my business to increase my earnings (I’m on track to earn £52k this year), and my goal for the year is to buy a house.  Sagar Wright will allow me to continue my great lifestyle in Leeds and enjoy some great holidays along the way. All of these are realistic goals at Sagar Wright and can be (and have been) achieved in your second year if you do well.  After that I can begin to build and manage my own team, becoming a Manager in the business and recruiting my own Graduate Trainees.  As I’ve always wanted to be a Manager and run my own team, reaching this milestone will give me a huge sense of pride and satisfaction.  I can’t wait!


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