■What did you do before joining RGF Professional Recruitment (RGF PR)?
I am from Mumbai in India.
After completing my engineering degree from Mumbai University and specializing in HR for an MBA from one of the Premium B-Schools of India, I joined as Talent Acquisition Manager for an Indian Life Insurance company and worked there for 2 years.
I came to Japan in 2016 and started working as a Researcher for a British recruitment agency.
My role was to find passive and unique candidates in the Luxury Retail industry. I enjoyed this role, but always thought I could offer more, having experienced end-to-end recruitment before in India. It was then that I had been presented with this opportunity to work at RGF PR JP. When I got a chance to work with one of my favourite industries, Consumer Goods, for a big brand like Recruit, I gladly accepted.
■What do you currently do at RGF PR?
I joined the Consumer Goods team of RGF PR JP in 2017. We were a team of 3 members at that time and since then have doubled in size.
We have increased our clients to more than 10 times now and are able to provide career opportunities to an ever increasing candidate talent pool.
My team works with companies in the cosmetics, FMCG, consumer electronics, furniture, food & beverage, hospitality, and consumer lifestyle space. Our main mission to help our clients find the best talent in the market that is most suitable for the company.
My role is to guide clients and candidates find the best fit for each of them. I advice candidates on the best career choice for them and help companies find the right talent, which can help the company grow.
■What makes RGF PR unique?
The company is really very international and diverse. I can learn on the job about how different people deal with a situation differently and this has helped me grow a lot as a recruiter. Everyone has a different style and approach. It is very interesting to observe and learn from that. Diversity goes far beyond race and nationality, it is also a way of work and thinking, which I believe is one of the biggest takeaways for me.
I doubt companies in other industries in Japan can provide such an international working environment.
There are very few companies where you can see the conversion of your effort to result and to reward so easily - RGF PR JP is definitely one of them! They really value high performance and it is always rewarded. I started as an Associate Consultant and I’ve now grown to become a Senior Consultant. The fact that the company appreciates my hard work is very fulfilling.
Lastly, the management and colleagues are super friendly and very approachable. They have created a good culture and environment, where it is ok to slip and make a mistake as far as you learn and alright to ask for help, which is very important.
■What do you want to do/achieve at RGF PR in a few years’ time?
I joined RGF PR JP when we were around 60 employees and now we are close to 200. The candidates and companies definitely feel our presence now, and see us as a reliable partner, as we have reached a spot in the Top 3 bilingual recruitment firms in Tokyo.
It is a great feeling to grow alongside a growing organization and I hope I can share the journey with RGF as it becomes the No. 1 bilingual recruitment agency in Tokyo. I hope to build my own brand and be considered as a strong partner for my clients, and a trustworthy recruiter for the candidate market.
■Why do you recommend RGF PR to new-grads?
As a new graduate, everyone looks for an environment where they are welcomed, valued, as well as an environment where they can learn and grow.
Recruitment is one such field where you can not only understand about the different kinds of companies and professions that exist, but also build strong connections and your own network.
A few years of recruitment can teach you a lot about patience, perseverance, good communication, influencing skills, negotiation, time management and presentation, which are all important management lessons.
Within the recruitment industry, I would recommend RGF PR JP as it will give you an environment of independence, growth and a chance to succeed with the solid backing of the Recruit brand.
The extensive training, international working environment, the multiple growth opportunities, extremely helpful and friendly people, our working style all add on to a consultant’s own personality and make them a better version of themselves. If you want to grow fast not just as a professional but also as a person, then RGF PR JP is the place to be.
There are only a few people who say “I love my job” and they are all here at RGF PR JP!