Five Minutes with… Julia Walton

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 Julia Walton, one of our directors, who specialises in healthcare communications.

How did you get into recruitment?

I was temping a long, long time ago and I used to take my time sheet in each Friday and I would look at their office and think, “what a fantastic job… they’re talking to people, they’re having so much fun, that’s what I want to do.” That’s what sowed the seed.

Tell us about the sectors you recruit in…

I recruit for the healthcare communications sector, so that’s Med Ed agencies or medical communications agencies, healthcare advertising, healthcare public relations agencies, pharmaceutical companies for their PR or marketing departments, and ad hoc healthcare organisations – so we’ve recruited for healthcare charities, for digital strategic consultancies, trade bodies. Essentially anywhere that might need a healthcare communications expert.

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

Because they get the results! We’re always professional, we meet our candidates and clients, we’re totally ethical in the way we work. And we’ve been doing it a long time, we know the market really well. We can give excellent advice on all aspects of a person’s career.

What specifically about working with you do you think they like?

I genuinely care about my candidates and their wellbeing, I get a real buzz when I place someone in the right job and I think that comes across. I know a lot, and can give advice on all sorts from the job market itself to critiquing a CV and interview technique, to realistic salary aspirations and all sorts of related things, which is down to having a lot of experience.

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

I’d spend a lot of time playing with my cats. I’d definitely have the house redecorated. I’d read a lot and travel a lot. I might buy a horse. I’d do some charity work – I’m keen to do some work with victims of domestic abuse. Homelessness is another issue dear to my heart that I’ve done quite a lot of work with in the past, so I’d probably do more of that too.

What else would I do… go shopping, eat in nice restaurants… I might even start going to the gym again!

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

I’m not sure I feel guilty about it, but, Coronation Street? Being a mad cat woman… actually I definitely don’t feel guilty about that! Spending too much time in the pub, perhaps. Basically there’s nothing I feel guilty about that I’m prepared to tell you!

Who would play you in the film of your life?

A combination of Kathy Burke and Nicola Walker.

What’s the worst job you’ve done?

Ooh, there’s some stiff competition here. Being a general assistant in a high security hospital… I only did it for a day, but I had palpitations from the fear and stress by the end of it!

What’s your favourite book?

Impossible to narrow it down to one. The first that comes to mind is The Time Traveller’s Wife.

And your favourite song?

That varies too… At the moment, Bruises by Placebo.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what’s the first thing you’d do?

Am I stranded by myself?

Yes.

Desert island… there’s probably not a ferry terminal, is there? Well, I’d have a walk about and gauge the lay of the land, I think.

And finally, what’s your favourite colour?

Red. Post box red, not pink red.

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