Meet the Consultant: Hannah Bell
Meet the Consultant: Hannah Bell
Name: Hannah Bell
Contact Number: 07903 192 856
In our second instalment of this round of Meet the Consultant interviews, one of MET Marketing’s newest recruits, Hannah Bell, talks us through her career, favourite Leeds spots and why she loves Yorkshire and its people.
What excites you about a career with MET?
Working for a small business that is passionate about what it does. Previously I was recruiting for roles in the engineering sector which, as you can imagine, isn’t really something I’m interested in! My background in Journalism makes marketing roles far more enjoyable for me to recruit, especially in Fashion and Retail – as shopping is also one of my interests! (Shock horror)
Background e.g. career, education etc?
Born and bred in Leeds, I have lived in the same house since I was born. I’m finally flying the nest, but not too far, because I am buying a house with my older sister. I went to Huddersfield University and I graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. I became a freelance radio reporter/newsreader for two and a half years before getting into the hospitality industry and then recruitment.
What job did you want to do when you were younger?
Popstar or a nurse!
What do you love about Yorkshire and Leeds in particular?
How friendly everyone is up north, and it can be as busy or as quiet as you like. Other cities like Manchester etc are great, but there is nowhere quite like Leeds. The shopping and nightlife is great and you don’t have to walk for miles to each place in town! You’re also never too far from a quiet county pub or somewhere for a nice walk.
Recommend where to go in Leeds for a night out – at least two places (preferably restaurant and a bar).
Fazenda, Chaophraya or Viva Cuba for something to eat – I like lots of different foods. For drink’s you can’t go wrong with the bars on Greek Street like Neighbourhood, Lost & Found or Manahatta, but my first port of call is always The Slug & Lettuce for 241 cocktails.
A bit of trivia
I have reported on many high profile news stories such as the Manchester Arena attack, Tour de Yorkshire and Rotherham scandal as well as reading the news live on Capital Yorkshire.
If you were a brand, which one would you be and why?
Twitter, because I can talk to anyone and I have been called “chatterbox” on many occasions!
What would you say your biggest challenges are working within the recruitment industry?
I work with candidates who have experience in social media, content and PR. There’s a lot of competition out there at the moment, so keeping a candidate interested and excited about the role you’re recruiting for is always a challenge if they have other opportunities on the table.
How is working in the recruitment industry different to what you expected?
Working at MET has shown me that recruitment is much more personable than I initially thought. I have been in the industry a year now, and prior to my career, I was warned by a few people that it was “ruthless”. However, I’ve found it isn’t like that if you work for the right business. Working for a company that builds strong relationships with clients and candidates takes that element out of it.
What do you love most about your job?
Helping people. As cliché as it sounds, that is genuinely what I love about any job I have done past, or present. I love speaking to candidates and finding out what they really want, and helping them achieve it. Nothing beats telling a candidate they’ve got the job and them being absolutely over the moon.