Five Minutes with… John Bowen

Each month, we’ll feature one of our team members in a brief Q&A, so you can get to know us all better! This month we’re meeting John Bowen who is opening a new PR office for us.

How did you get into recruitment?

I was working in PR very much enjoying it but decided that I wanted to make more money. I enjoy talking to people, so thought recruitment might suit me. My recruiter suggested to me that it would be the perfect job for me and I should check it out. Having done so, I’m delighted… It’s a great job, I meet really interesting people and work for an agency I like with supportive management.

Tell us about the sectors you recruit in…

I recruit in PR across technology, corporate, digital, property… To be honest, whatever our clients need, we do our best to make sure their needs are filled.

Why do you think your clients and candidates like working with you?

I think people find me to be genuine when I talk to them, I’m on their side, I’m honest, I’m in recruitment to build long term relationships, it’s something I’ve learned from working with clients in PR and now I have candidates as well. I’m keen for people to come back to me in the future, so want to build trust.

What are your plans with the new office you’re opening?

The Midlands and the north of the UK are untapped for Media Contacts, well we do have some clients there already, but there’s a lot more opportunity there and now we have the resources to open an office there we’re going full throttle. Some people think London is the be all and end all for work, but there’s a lot of rich talent out there and we’re keen to ensure we’re engaged beyond London.

Why are you moving?

I’m moving because my wife is from Birmingham, so we know the city very well. I’ve got two young children now, so we’re keen to see what life is like outside London and spend a bit more time with family.

Now to get to know you!

If you never had to work again and money was no object, what would you do?

I’d like to pick papayas on a desert island with my family and live a very simple life.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

I’m a closet gamer, I’ve never given it up since being a kid, I’ve always had some sort of console or PC and for me it’s a great way to relax.

What sort of games do you play?

When I was a kid I’d play role-playing games but now it’s first person shooters… it’s probably the stress of recruitment!

Who would play you in the film of your life?

Naturally, George Clooney.

What’s the worst job you’ve done?

It’s a toss-up between two. Collecting eggs on a chicken farm, that was stifling and I was attacked by cockerels all the time, even though I’m 6”3 I couldn’t fight them off. The other job was phoning up offices selling reams of A4 paper, which was really tedious. On balance, probably collecting eggs was worse.

What’s your favourite book?

That’s tough. I think the book that’s had the most influence on my life is 48 Laws of Power. It condenses lots of excerpts of philosophy and history and gives examples of what to do in life and how to succeed.

And your favourite song?

That would have to be Lost in Music by Sister Sledge.

We’ve already discovered that you want to be stranded on a desert island with your family but, if you were stranded on a desert island on your own, what’s the first thing you’d do?

Having watched Bear Grylls’ Celebrity Island, it would definitely be build a shelter while I have the energy to do so. I want to make sure the rain doesn’t affect me too much and I don’t get bitten by bugs. I’ve genuinely thought about this a lot.

And finally, what’s your favourite colour?

I’m a bit of a lover of pink. If it suited me, I’d wear it more often.

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