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Josh Barrett

Author: Josh Barrett

Published date: 2020/04

Josh Barrett

​What is your specialism at Cooper Lomaz?

IT support and infrastructure.

What interests you most about the industry you recruit in?

The variety in the market and the ever-changing landscape of IT, and I find the fast-paced nature of IT very exciting.

What do you do when you are not in the office?

I enjoy travelling and exploring new places and cultures, and last visited Athens. I am planning trips to New York and Paris in the hopefully not too distant future. I also am a regular gym-goer and train 3-4 times a week.

What do you love most about recruitment?

I enjoy getting to know my candidates and working for their best interest by helping them through the process, assisting them with their CVs and finding the ideal match for them. I take pride in the role I play and the cherry on top is when I place a candidate in their dream role.

What is the best bit of advice you would give to somebody looking to get into the industry you recruit in / recruitment?

I would say to be proactive in the market, by exploring companies you are interested in and using social media such as LinkedIn to connect with professionals in those areas of interest. I would also look into transferable skills you might have or other skills you can learn to make you stand out, even if it’s not 100% relevant to the job. For example, the ‘soft’ skills are such an important part of IT positions, as if you are providing support then you are going to need to be able to comfortably communicate with other users, and especially those who aren’t technical at all.

How did you get into recruitment?

Whilst actively looking towards the next step in my career following university, an advert for recruitment caught my eye. I was looking for a fast-paced environment where I could expand my skill set, in a client-facing environment. I was intrigued by the profession due to the varied nature of the job and the fact I enjoy dealing with people regularly. I also like how there is a direct correlation between the work you put in and the rewards you can get out, and how you get to share in everyone’s successes. I have not looked back since.

What did you do before recruitment?

I studied Law at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and graduated in 2018.

Who inspires you?

Matt Wenning – when he was a child he was involved in a car accident, resulting in him being in leg casts for over 12 months and being told he would never walk again. He went on to become a world-class power-lifter and strength coach, going on to provide training and coaching for thousands across the globe, working with US Army rangers and emergency services personnel. He shows that sheer determination and grit can get you through even the hardest of times and that you should continue to move forward no matter what.

An interesting fact about you…

I have never broken a bone in my body.