We recently caught up with Eden Rudling of Rudling Recruitment and asked him about his recruitment journey so far.
Here’s what he had to say:
I started in recruitment in 2009 when I was made Branch Manager of the Adecco branch in Norwich. After being thrown in at the deep end with a loss-making branch and no perm consultant I quickly turned things around and by year two we were making a profit before winning a big contract to supply security staff to the London 2012 Olympics which pushed our branch profits over £250k for that year.
In 2013 I decided to look for a new challenge and switched over to become Area Manager for Stafforce Recruitment. Within 12 months I had won a £1m onsite contract and my area had 4 of Stafforce’s top 15 clients.
Due to a company restructure my area role became redundant and in 2015 I left Stafforce and joined Interaction.
At Interaction, I was tasked with building the temps division from zero and along with another colleague we set about winning as much new business as possible. It wasn’t long before we secured a £1m contract and by the end of the first full year, the temp division had grown its Gross Profit from zero to nearly £200K. We consolidated this in year two and increased GP to over £250k before I was headhunted for a trainee Director position at a local agency in Great Yarmouth.
Unfortunately, this role didn’t live up to its promises and I started to look at my other options. I had considered starting my own agency up while at Interaction but for various reasons it never felt like the right time, however in May/June this year things came together and I felt the time was definitely right to start out on my own.
The first seeds of inspiration to start up my own recruitment business were planted when I was working at Interaction. Seeing how the income I was generating for the local branch enabled the office to grow from 5 staff to 15 in a little over 18 months made me think “why aren’t I doing this for myself” however my personal circumstances did not allow me to follow this dream up.
I had worked in recruitment for almost 7 years at this point and with each of my previous employers I had won large contracts, increased business and revenues but not really seen my own earnings increase whilst watching my managers accept the plaudits for all my hard work.
When the opportunity came along to become a Director at a smaller, local agency I saw a quick/safe way into running my own business but as mentioned earlier the promises failed to materialise. By now, however, I had got the taste and with a change in my personal life, everything fell into place for me to follow my dream and start up my own agency.
Rudling Recruitment supply staff into the following sectors, Industrial, Commercial, Driving and Logistics as well as Catering and Hospitality. We can fill roles from bottom to top of any of these industries on both a temporary or permanent basis.
Clients and candidates alike can expect an honest and expert service. If we can’t help them we will tell them straight away, if the job or candidates they are looking for don’t exist we will discuss what is available and set their expectations at a level where they can be met without disappointment. Communication is key in this industry, so we will always return calls/emails and other contacts as soon as possible.
Long term, I want Rudling Recruitment to have a team of consultants each running their own “little business” under the brand name all providing the best service and expert advice to its clients and candidates. This might be in one large central business hub or across a number of smaller branches – this will be decided by a number of things – client location, consultant location and business needs.