Welcome to our Talent Attraction series, where we catch up with members of the PRS team to find out more about their background and role at PRS. This time, we’re at the PRS Headquarters in London to meet Key Account Manager Jack Quantrill, as he chats about his ongoing studies, what makes PRS a great place to work, and the challenges of working near Spitalfields Market…
Hi Jack! You joined back in December; what’s it been like so far?
Yes, I’m very new to the recruitment industry, but the team has been fantastic in making me feel welcome. Even if I think I have a stupid question, they’ll go out of their way to help and support me, which I’ve been grateful for as I learn. I’ve been enjoying the challenges of the role and the fact that you get out what you put in, which suits my working style.
What did you do before PRS?
I worked on the tills at a very understaffed Waitrose! I’m studying part-time for a degree in history at Birkbeck, University of London, which is something PRS supports. They’re more than happy to accommodate my schedule should I need to attend a lecture or turn in an assignment. The pandemic meant most teaching was done remotely, but in-person classes are returning this month, which is exciting.
As you could probably guess, working at PRS has been a big change. I had never worked in an office setting before, so the team's support has been essential in helping me adapt. I’m, of course, incredibly grateful not to have to wear that supermarket uniform anymore!
Up until six months ago, I hadn’t considered recruitment as an option. I think that’s because there’s little education at school and university level about the opportunities a career in this area can offer. Probably because they’re preoccupied with pushing students down more traditional routes. However, I knew people in recruitment who told me what to expect, and it sounded like it would suit my skill set and personality. If you’re a good communicator and persistent, this could very well be the ideal role for you.
I knew who PRS were and their reputation in the market. Luckily for me, my uncle worked there five years ago and was still in touch with some of the directors, so I capitalised on my one connection! I initially spoke to PRS founder, Mark Evans, and we ended up talking for over two hours. We covered everything from why I wanted to get into recruitment to what football team I support.
Next up was a couple of trial days when I went into the office to see whether it was the right fit for both me and the team. After another interview with Albert Valentine, who became my supervisor and mentor, I spoke with Julie Jarvis, who confirmed I had the job.
Tell us about your role.
I’m a Key Account Manager for a major PRS client who specialises in engineering and property services. I assist them with all of their talent needs across the organisation, with the vast majority of professionals I place being electrical and mechanical maintenance engineers.
I work with four other Key Account Managers, and we’re supported by the servicing team who source and nurture candidates.
What’s the best thing about working at PRS?
Undoubtedly the people. It’s a relatively young and multicultural office, and we get along really well. There’s a fun energy, and we work collaboratively to help and support each other. It’s far from the cutthroat atmosphere people would have you believe is synonymous with recruitment.
We socialise too. There are a few pubs next to us that we haven’t been shy about frequenting the odd Friday evening! In previous jobs, people would go their separate ways at lunchtime, but at PRS, we sit around the table and catch up, which is really nice.
Also, the leadership team is not afraid to give people a chance to progress. If you have a good work ethic and are willing to learn, there are plenty of opportunities for growth at all levels.
It’s impossible not to mention the location too. We’re right next to Spitalfields Market, which is incredible but it means you can end up spending a lot of money on food and packing on the pounds if you’re not careful!
What would you say to someone thinking about joining PRS?
You’ll be surrounded by great people in a highly supportive and collaborative environment. There are also amazing rewards if you’re prepared to put the work in.
PRS has been going for more than 20 years, and talented recruiters have put in the groundwork that grants you access to work with some of the leading names in facilities management and engineering in the UK. Plus, you’ll be connected with a talent pool of well over 100,000 people.
I was speaking to Albert just the other day, who said: “The PRS name will get your foot in the door.” He’s right. When I pick up the phone and say I’m from PRS, they always want to hear what I have to say.
Join Jack on the PRS team!
PRS is always on the lookout for new recruitment entrepreneurs. We’re passionate about teamwork, self-improvement and an ethical approach to working with clients and candidates.
We’re committed to inclusivity, diversity and equality and work hard to maintain a family environment where everyone is equal and has each other’s backs. Plus, there’s a healthy dose of fun and camaraderie!
Don’t worry if you have no previous recruitment experience. We’ll enrol you into our academy, which will tell you everything you need to know about our specialist sectors, the PRS vision and what it takes to be a successful recruiter.