Meet the Corvus Team - Gemma Murphy
28th Jun 2018
What was your first job?
My sister and I had ponies from a very young age. In my early teens, I developed a lucrative business of looking after and riding other people’s horses in a yard for a small weekly fee. Totally exhausting but lots of fun (not really work!) My first ‘proper job’ was working behind the bar at Cooke Rugby Club. It was good craic, made lots of friends and met my husband who played there at the time - the rest is history!
How would you describe yourself to someone who’d never met you?
I would say I am ambitious and organised (working with two young kids I would be a basket case if I wasn’t) with a bit of crazy thrown in for good measure. I try to look for the positive in all situations and am a huge advocate of the power of positive thinking! I also hate to be late for anything and my friends and family always laugh at much time I give myself to get from A to B.
How do you get the best out of your candidates?
Listen to what they really want! I have specialised in the Accountancy Practice sector for 10+ years and in doing so have learnt the importance of really listening to candidates short and long-term career objectives and advising them on how best to achieve them. This helps build the candidates confidence that I know my market well and can genuinely help them and in turn, they trust my advice. It works well for me.
I also try to be as understanding and empathetic as possible. A lot of the candidates I work with are Newly Qualified Accountants. Coming out of contract they are unsure as to what their options are, unsure what they want, have never interviewed for a role before and have never given notice to an employer before. So, I think it’s important to guide them through this process with empathy.
What has changed in the Accountancy Practice Industry in the last 5 years?
The Accountancy Practice market is busier than ever with Big 4 and mid-tier firms recruiting across all service lines. In addition to this, there has been an influx of large businesses into NI such as Pearson, Allen and Overy etc. The result is a significant shortage of high calibre candidates. Local firms have to offer something different to attract top talent.
What’s your top tip for today’s Accountancy professionals who are thinking about changing their job?
1- Be informed. Being commercially aware will set you apart from the competition. When attending interview be sure to know crucial information about the business you are interviewing with – sector-specific experience, recent success in terms of client development etc
2- Work closely with one recruiter. Meet them at the start of the process and be clear about what you are looking for and what you need in order to move. You will get a full view of the market and genuinely impartial advice.
If your an accountancy professional seeking new job opportunities, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me on email@example.com or 07826847333