This week in our Spotlight Series we chat to Ruth Lyndon, Azon’s Head of Legal Recruitment. As a qualified solicitor, Ruth has had a varied and successful career. Read some insights from her below:
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I completed my B.Corp Law & LLB in Galway (the best four years of my life!) This was followed by a four month travelling stint before making my way to Dublin to complete my traineeship with A&L Goodbody. When qualified, I practiced as an Investment Funds Lawyer for over 5 years in both A&L Goodbody and Maples & Calder.
In 2014 I made huge changes to both my personal and professional life, relocated to Limerick and started my career in recruitment. Since May this year, I am Head of Legal with Azon Recruitment Group responsible for our legal recruitment service offering.
Azon to date? Challenging, rewarding, fun, mad (in a good way!), exciting with no one day the same.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Honestly, my alarm clock after one too many hits of the snooze button -I love my sleep! The knowledge that a nice strong cup of coffee is soon to follow also helps.
Without trying to sound too cheesy, I genuinely do enjoy what I do (most days, we all have those off days). The variety and autonomy which my role affords me remain two of the key selling points for me, and even more so in my current role as Head of Legal at Azon as I develop and grow the legal desk.
What opportunities have come your way since joining Azon?
The opportunity to lead, drive and shape a legal recruitment service offering in a dynamic, ambitious and relatively young organisation such as Azon was essentially why I joined. I felt that it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and no regrets so far!
What is the primary role of your team?
Expanding and building out my team will be a key focus of mine over the coming months. My aim is for the Azon Legal Recruitment Team to be synonymous with professional, commercial, personable recruiters who deliver results.
What does it take to become part of your team?
I will be looking for talented, energetic, positive, ambitious team-players. Attitude is key for me when recruiting team members. Skills can be taught and honed but a positive, energetic, “can-do” attitude and a hunger to learn and excel is innate.
1. Ideal CV – one page or two?
One versus two, definitely two. However, depending on your level, I have no issue with a CV exceeding 2 pages (within reason!). Indeed for more senior roles, in my experience it typically does. However, it is crucial that the content is relevant, concise and showcases why you are the best candidate for the role in question.
2. In an interview, are you good cop or bad cop?
Good cop. I tend to smile and laugh a lot, I can’t help it! That said, I know what I want to see and hear and if it’s not there, it’s a no from me!
3. Do it now or do it later?
Always now, and I have to remind myself of that on occasion!
4. Describe your career to date in one sentence:
Daunting, challenging, rewarding, all-encompassing, sociable, surprising, varied and satisfying.
5. Call or Email?
Call where possible.
6. Favourite social media platform?
Anyone who knows me will laugh when they see this question – I would not be the most technologically minded if I’m honest but LinkedIn all the way for me.
7. Biggest turnoff on a CV?
Typos, spelling mistakes, poor formatting – speaks volumes.
8. What quote do you live by?
This too shall pass.
Applies to when things are tough but equally when things are good, a reminder to enjoy and savour them.
9. Favourite part of a working week?
Friday. Everyone is in usually in good form, the weekend is coming, lie in the next morning typically and life is good!
10. Your 5 year plan in 5 words:
Director-level and beyond, happy, healthy.
Contact Ruth Lyndon via email@example.com for more information on our current legal vacancies.