James - Recruitment Assistant
Tell us a little bit about yourself (as much as you want to reveal!) – Your work background, your interests…
Hello there, my name is James and I am a Recruitment Assistant in the Resourcing Team at Wiltshire Council. Before coming to Wiltshire Council, I was studying a BTEC Business Level 3 at Trowbridge College and had a part-time job at a hardware shop. I loved my job as I enjoyed interacting with customers and it helped me establish my customer service skills.
My confidence when I attended college was almost non-existent, I found getting up and talking in front of people a real challenge but looking back now I am proud that I did it and am glad of the experience. When I finished college, I came to the decision to get a full-time job. My father and brother both worked at Wiltshire Council and always remarked how good the working environment was and everyone was friendly, so I decided to look at the careers website and see what roles would utilise my customer service skills and make good use of my new qualification. I found myself drawn to a couple of apprenticeship opportunities within the HR department and didn’t hesitate in applying. I was very fortunate to be successful in securing an opportunity within the Recruitment section of the wider Resourcing team. I am so thankful and feel very lucky to work where I do because every person I work with is wonderful and it is such a pleasure to be around them all day, I feel very blessed to be a part of such a wonderful team that get on so well together.
Out of work I have a real passion for creating voice overs. My favourite voice to do is like the voice you’ll hear on the X Factor; this is because I especially enjoy making introductions as they provide a great atmosphere and are fun to make. It is also great fun to see the reactions from my colleagues when I make an introduction for them. I also enjoy the occasional game of snooker and love to watch it on TV. I just find the sport very relaxing and my favourite player is of course the rocket - Ronnie O’Sullivan, such an amazing player!
I live in Winsley so the surrounding country side is wonderful. I enjoy going for walks and exploring the beautiful country side that I am so lucky to live in the middle of. I also love to go and visit my Gran and Grandad who live nearby to me, this is something that is very important to me and they are just amazing, you would not believe that they are the age they are!
I am not your average twenty something year old as I love to listen to Frank Sinatra. If I am not working then you can guarantee that I am listening to him, or another classic singer like Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong or Dean Martin. We can’t forget Bing Crosby, so all the greats of their time, but Frank Sinatra is my favourite!
What's the best thing about working at Wiltshire Council, and your job specifically?
There are many benefits of working at Wiltshire Council and I feel lucky to be a part of such a forward-thinking organisation. I enjoy the opportunity to work flexibly, the relaxed atmosphere and everyone working effectively together. The best thing about my role is the interaction with people, at the beginning of my role, the confidence I had did not even exist. But now I have passed my apprenticeship and I am now a permanent member of the Recruitment team.
Is there anything you wished would come back into fashion?
Yes, I wish that all the big band music would come back! I hardly listen to any music from my time, this is because I feel that the music 30+ years ago was at another level to the music we have now. You could tell who it was singing a song but these days it is hard to tell them apart. The reason I enjoy listening to Frank Sinatra is that he was passionate about his music and you could understand each word he said. Music back then was great!
What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?
I would take an iPod with me, because I would have to have some Frank Sinatra to listen to while I’m stranded on the desert island, that is a must. I would also have to bring my recording equipment as I would not be able to go one day without recording a good Voice Over. Lastly would be a lovely hot chocolate as I do love chocolate!
What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
I would say that the most daring thing that I have done would be to go up in a hot air balloon. This does not sound very daring but I am a little afraid of heights so this was a challenge for me, now I have been on a balloon three times and am now looking to go on my fourth.
What would go into you room 101?
I would have to put horse radish in there as I cannot stand the sight, smell or touch of it!
What is your favourite book or film, and why?
One of my favourite films of all time has to be Mrs Doubtfire. The main reason why I love this film is because of one of my favourite actors, the amazing Robin Williams, he was fantastic and always gives me a laugh without fail and is great fun to watch!
What is your ideal holiday destination?
My ideal holiday destination would be the Caribbean Islands; I have never been before but would love to go there. The reason for choosing this is because of the pictures I have seen; I love the look of the water there, the water is so blue and clear it looks amazing and the surrounding area is a great sight.
What is the first thing you bought with your own money?
I started to earn money when I had a paper round when I was around the age of 13. It was a Sunday paper round and I think the first thing that I bought was some sweets.
What pets do you have?
I do not have any pets at this moment in time, we used to have a lovely Golden Retriever called Ellie, she was wonderful and always loyal, one thing we questioned is a part of the name Golden Retriever, we weren’t so sure on the retriever part as you threw something for her to fetch and she never brought it back! We were very lucky to have her until 2 months before her 16th birthday which was amazing and it is not the same with her not around, I miss her very much.