Tom Smelt is a Managing Consultant here at Boston Link. He started off his recruitment career 11 years ago in London, following his degree in Accountancy and Economics from the University of Wales. Since then he has pursued an exciting career in recruitment including moving to South Africa to grow a successful IT division and then working with clients in financial services and consultancy. Tom is now one of our gaming experts, after working with the best gaming companies in Malta for a number of years. We caught up with Tom to ask him a few questions about his experience in recruitment.
What do you love most about your job?
I love changing people’s lives and the thrill of the chase. When you place someone into a new role you not only change someone’s life by getting them a new job, but you please your clients because they’ve just found a new employee, your boss is happy because you have closed business for the company. It puts you on a high until the thrill of the chase starts again.
What do you find most frustrating about your job?
There are two main pet peeves I have in this industry:
First is counter offers; there is nothing worse than going through all the work of a deal, only for circumstances out of your control to take it from you at the last minute!
Equally as annoying, is Europass CVs! Particularly here in Malta there is a huge inclination towards them. I often find some of the information they include to be highly irrelevant and cause far more confusion than the actual value that is provided.
If you were a superhero what powers would you have?
Teleportation. On a professional level it would help me create better relationships with clients and candidates, as there would be no travelling time between meetings. On a personal level I would love to click my fingers and be in South Africa in a bar called ‘Beach Bums’, or on a yacht in the Caribbean drinking rum, or in Miami, or the South American jungle sitting in a treehouse drinking Acai smoothies from a coconut. The possibilities are endless.
What’s the most interesting job you have ever been asked to place?
I once rang up Liverpool Football Club and asked if I could work on one of their jobs, although this story gets slightly less interesting when you find out it was to place an accountant! I have always been a Liverpool supporter and I thought if I got Liverpool as a client then I would get free tickets. But I don’t think they were on my wavelength.
What’s your go-to karaoke song?
The most creative I’ve ever been in karaoke was singing ‘Don’t let the sun go down on me’ by George Michael. In my head this was my starring moment that I had dreamed about as a child … but in reality, the pub soon emptied and we got various drinks thrown at us!
Where would you most like to visit in the world?
I want to put my footprints on every single part of the world, choosing just a single place is hard because then I feel like I am missing out. I would love to see the Galapagos Islands or Las Vegas! It’s crazy to think that even though I have specialised in iGaming for some time now I have still never been to Vegas!
When I retire I want to go live on a desert island in the South Pacific and spend my days drinking rum out of coconuts and snorkelling through the crystal-clear waters. Quite a contrast from specialising in the fast-paced iGaming industry!
What is your top tip for a great CV?
That one is easy, it would be clarity. Your CV should not be your biography, it should be clear and concise. List the key points you would use to sell yourself clearly and without unnecessary detail, your prospective employer will be looking over many CV’s and you wouldn’t want anything to distract from your achievements. Also, be sure to put your latest job first, no one likes an upside-down CV.
What is your top job interview tip?
It is definitely research. Research the company, research the people, and research the job. You want to know as much information about your prospective employer as the person who is interviewing you. Also, if you enter the interview knowing how to do the job description that has been provided, you will be confident in your answers and be able to wow the interviewer.
My last tip would be to look good and smile, no one wants a sad employee!
If you are interested in talking to Tom Smelt further about a career in iGaming, get in touch with him today at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will be happy to discuss with you further.