At SThree, we’re dedicated to providing our people with a career with no limits and helping them achieve a healthy work/life balance. We spoke with Isabelle Lefebvre, Senior Client Relationship Manager in Frankfurt, to find out more about her experience and progression.
Why did you choose a career in recruitment?
I didn’t know much about recruitment before SThree. Once I learned more about it, I was very interested in working with people and providing a service, and the sales aspect also drew my attention. I studied marketing so all my former experiences were related to dealing with customers, and I decided to take these experiences to another level.
Why did you choose SThree?
I liked the quick and clear interview process, the internationality of our company, and the drive and spirit I could immediately see and feel from the moment I stepped in the office.
Tell us about your progression within the company.
I have progressed massively throughout the years and have learned so much, developing many hard and soft skills. This has opened many doors for me. Hard work really pays off at SThree, in many ways – support from your peers and directors, several incentives and promotions, along with flexibility and trust.
I’ve worked as a recruitment consultant for almost four years, and it’s been two years since I moved to a Client Relationship Role. The last two years have been amazing; I’ve learnt so much and I appreciate the internal and external network I’ve built. It helps me get many insights about different departments and develop the relationship with some our Key Accounts.
What training did you receive? What did you enjoy most about your training and why?
During my time as a recruiter, there were many training sessions. I learnt many sales techniques, methods about planning my day correctly, communicating with decision markers, finding out customer insights and learning about the financial market. After changing roles, I’ve received more training about how to build and develop a key account, how to analyse, and how to develop and retain long-term customer relationship.
How did SThree support you in your career progression?
We have a very open and flexible culture. Many training sessions are already set and accessible for our employees in different levels. We have a fantastic Learning and Development Department and I can always contact them when I need to. Most importantly, my managers and directors always support me. I can openly speak about anything related to my career whenever needed, and I know if I put all my energy and hard work into my job, I’ll receive the trust and support I need to grow in the company.
What inclusion and diversity initiatives are you aware of and why is it important that SThree as your employer is driving this topic?
There are several initiatives SThree is driving - our culture is very inclusive and diverse in general. My colleagues come from all different backgrounds and anyone with the right skills, mind-set and drive is able to make a successful career here. Gender Equality and developing women into leadership is important to our directors and HR team.
SThree are also passionate about supporting people with education and financial support. Many initiatives in terms of flexibility and employee satisfaction are in place, in order for us to combine our career with our lifestyle. This ensures we have balance.
Did SThree support you to achieve a healthy work/life balance and if so how?
With the benefits and the new employee programme we have, SThree helps me to have the flexibility I need. I have flexible working hours which helps me fit my studies and my hobbies into the busy working schedule I have.
I commute so I’m happy to have the opportunity to have flexitime and to work from home if there are any strategic things I need to focus on. If there are any circumstances that require more flexibility, I’ve also been able to speak to my manager and find a suitable solution to either work from home or from another of our offices. I am very happy with the flexibility.
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