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A Day in the Life. Episode 6: Recruitment Specialist, Lauren

The sixth episode of GrantTree’s A Day in the Life series comes from our recruitment specialist, Lauren Dwyer. Lauren spent her packed day driving GrantTree’s hiring efforts forward. She also fit in a gym session and spent the evening working on a song she’s producing. #Multitalented!

June 20th

Today is Thursday. But seeing as I work a four day week at GrantTree, Thursdays are really my Fridays. I wake up a little later than usual – it’s ‘Friday’ after all – then I head towards the office.

I have a long day ahead of me, but one of the great things about GrantTree’s flexible working policy is that it gives you the chance to recharge your batteries a little, so you have enough energy to take on the day.

I moved to Old Street at the beginning of the year, meaning I literally have a 15-minute walk to the office. I realise I’m super lucky to be able to live so close to work and it’s made a huge impact on my day-to-day experience. It’s also the first morning this week that I’m not power-walking to the office in the rain (the weather has been dreadful this week), so I stop a couple of times to take in the glorious sun. Who knows, summer might finally be here!

Is summer finally here?


Is summer finally here?

I arrive at the office at 9:45. The first thing I do is check my emails and respond to a few candidates and agencies on our applicant tracking system. Surprisingly, my messages are a little quieter than usual, which is a relief; I’ve been looking after our entire recruitment function for the last few weeks, and I’ll have to keep it up until we hire a new Talent Coordinator

Next, I tuck into some much-needed admin and run a couple of reports I’ve been meaning to complete. My first call of the day is at 11 am with a job board that we use to post our active roles. We have a productive chat about upcoming plans from their end, which should improve their service.

After the call, I receive some good news: a candidate has passed their Open Culture Interview or ‘OCI’! And not just any candidate. This person will fill the Talent Coordinator position – a high priority for me! I schedule her final interview for next week, pleased that we have two candidates at the final stage for this role.

Me working from our office nook


Me working from our office nook

Lunch today is from Abokado – my second favourite place to eat near the office (Yum Bowl is usually my spot!). I go for Sushi and feel a little proud of myself for having a relatively healthy lunch, and not pigging out!

After lunch, it’s back to responding to candidates and agencies. We recently made an offer to one candidate, and I am eagerly awaiting a response from her!

Then it’s on to my first internal meeting of the day: our Tax Credits Governance. Meetings are a funny one at GrantTree. They’re highly beneficial, of course, but they’re not compulsory. You don’t have to attend if you don’t want to. I’ve been incredibly busy over the last few weeks and have only been attending the Recruitment meetings which happen bi-weekly. As today is quiet, I decide to attend the TC meeting for the first time in ages. Turns out I wasn’t the only one! We had a fairly full room and a productive meeting.

As we edge towards having more structure and defining our overall strategy, I think it’s important for me to feel connected to all parts of the business, given my roles within the company. I make a quick mental note to keep up the attendance for this one!

Now on to some reading in preparation for my OCI training with Ceylan, our Head of People. I am in the process of becoming a culture fit interviewer; someone who conducts OCI’s. I’m slowly feeling like my understanding of the framework is coming together.

After our session, I make a beeline for the gym, which is literally under 10 minutes from the office. I do a quick 30-minute cardio session before heading home and finishing off my working day. It’s great to go to the gym in the middle of the day, when it’s quieter, and to break up work with a bit of exercise.

Making a beeline for the gym


Making a beeline for the gym

After I get home, I respond to emails and send a quick message to Ceylan before setting off to start my evening.

Outside of GrantTree, I am a singer/songwriter/producer. Being a creative and having the flexibility that I do at GrantTree has been a game changer for me. I have nowhere near the same amount of stress that I did in previous companies. I am nowhere near as tired or drained because I can start my working day a little later. It might sound like something small, but it has made a world of difference.

My day finishes with a quick session in South East London with a fellow artist tightening up a song I produced. I feel incredibly blessed to work in a space where my passions are celebrated not shunned.

My day finishes close to midnight! I have a full on long weekend, and I’m ready for it.


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