New Starter: Dan, Our New Automotive Resourcer

New Starter: Dan, Our New Automotive Resourcer

New Starter: Dan, Our New Automotive Resourcer

We spoke to new starter, Dan about his role as an Automotive Resourcer at AKA Recruitment.


Can you tell us a little bit about you, outside of work?


Outside of work I’m an average football fan. I support Manchester United, which is controversial.


I’m also big into reading business novels. I recently read “Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire” by Brad Stone and found it extremely eye opening and inspiring.


I’m quite into astrophysics as well and like to keep up to date with new discoveries. For example, the James Webb telescope is providing infra-red imaging that’s informing lots of exciting discoveries like new galaxies. 


Tell us an interesting fact about you.


I used to play trials at Brighton Academy when I was younger.


Are you a tea or a coffee drinker?


Tea – coffee is overrated and expensive at the moment!


Cats or dogs?




What’s your favourite time of day?


I’m kind of a morning person and a night owl so I’d say my favourite time of day is sunset because I think they’re so beautiful.


What three things can you not live without?


Pizza, alcohol and football, things would be quite boring otherwise.


What is your favourite book?


My favourite book I’ve ever read is the “The Strategy Book: How to think and act strategically to deliver outstanding results” by Max Mckeown. It’s all about different strategies people can use in business in meetings and conversation and it breaks down almost every business situation possible. 


I found it extremely useful, for instance, when you’re calling someone, you can tell very quickly just by the tone of their voice how interested they are and if there’s a spike in their interest. The way people word things is also a good giveaway.


If you were an animal, what animal would you be?


I would probably be an eagle or a falcon, so I’d be free to travel the world.


Are you an introvert or an extrovert?


I’d probably say I’m an extrovert because I find it very easy to talk to different people, but I can sit in silence quite comfortably.


Are you an optimist or a pessimist?


I’m an optimist. If you don’t aim to achieve high, you can hit a ceiling pretty quick. I like the quote: “everything is impossible until it gets done.”


What makes you unique?


I’ve always had a strategical mind. I always plan things in depth and think about how I’m going to do things; how I’m going to tackle different challenges; even how I’m going to approach speaking to people and what the potential outcomes might be. 


What inspires you?


The person I want to be in the next ten years…tanned on a beach in the Bahamas! 


You can only be the hero of your own story.


Name three of your strengths.


Mathematics, communication and strategic thinking.


Name one of your weaknesses.


Sometimes I can care too much, I can be a bit of a perfectionist.


What job did you want to do growing up?


An astronaut!


If you didn’t work in recruitment, what industry would you work in?


If I didn’t work in recruitment I’d still work in sales. It’s the first job I ever did that I was naturally good at and I enjoy a fast-paced working environment where no day is the same.


What’s the best advice you’ve been given?


“Aim for the moon and if you miss, you’ll land amongst the stars.”


What are your future goals?


To be one of the top billing recruiters in the country and to be retired at 50.


What is a Resourcer? What will you be doing in your new role?


I will be finding outstanding candidates for our top clients and filling roles while providing a great service to both candidates and clients.


What has your career journey been so far?


I worked in warehousing for five years then worked my way up from a resourcer to an accounts manager.


What drew you to recruitment?


I like being able to help guide people’s careers in the right direction and presenting them with opportunities that can progress their careers. When you work in warehousing you see a lot of truly talented people have their career progression stunted because they don’t know how to market themselves effectively. For example, when I worked in warehousing as a team leader and was starting to work in the recruitment side of things, I worked alongside a lady who wanted to progress but didn’t know how to. I helped her prepare for an interview and she’s now a supervisor and got promoted last year. That was very rewarding.


Why did you want to join AKA Recruitment?


I was encouraged by the great customer reviews that AKA had. It’s a fast-growing company with great longevity in the recruitment space. It’s also quite local, which is always a bonus.


What are you most looking forward to in your first few weeks at AKA?


I’m looking forward to learning a new industry, becoming part of the team and helping the company to grow.