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At Hydrogen, we set you up to succeed. Not only will you have all best-in-class technology and custom tools at your disposal to make your life easier, you’ll be joining a company that values the wellbeing and long-term development of its people
Operating in London, Edinburgh, Houston, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Sydney, Hydrogen has a strong brand presence in all its local markets. We use innovative technology and a consultative manner to help solve our clients’ recruitment requirements across our specialist practices: Life Sciences, Legal, Finance, Business Transformation, Technology, Energy and Oil & Gas.
- Name: Adam Solomons
- Role: Director of Asia
- Joined: 2008
- University: Southampton
Having joined Hydrogen in 2008, Adam Solomons has gone from Graduate researcher to Director of Asia – responsible for the Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong businesses – in under eight years.
Adam’s target was to get to Director by the age of 30 – mission accomplished. But as you’ll learn, while it hasn’t all been plain sailing, it’s been an incredibly rewarding journey.
Best/worst part of the job
I derive the most satisfaction from seeing a person overcome a skill gap or basically turn their fortunes around. You need a lot of perseverance in recruitment, especially when things aren’t going your way. Processes and admin take you away from your clients and team, so that’s the most frustrating part.
The constant uphill battle to prove myself in a new country against established recruiters. Reaching out to old contacts, meeting clients, it’s been hard work. You’ve got to be in it for the long run, so you can build your own sphere of authority. That’s when you start to reap the rewards.
That would be securing our biggest permanent deal with a global banking client in 2014, which grew into a multi-million dollar account. It was to prove a major turning point for our company in the region and for me personally. Remember what I just said about hard work paying off. It also made me realise just how important relationships are – you need to invest time building trust with your clients.
Making sure that we have the right people in the right markets to grow our market leading businesses has been my focus for the last 12 months. Providing our people with the best-in-class tools to do their jobs as effectively as possible. And making Hydrogen the best place for our leaders to ensure that they can fulfil their potential.
To become a subject matter expert and trusted authority in your field, you need to understand your industry. It’s so important to grasp the basics. That’s why all our consultants start as researchers, learning about organisations and sourcing candidates – there’s no client interaction at this stage.
A lot of questioning (less telling) gets people thinking. The art of listening. You need to manage performance and help people realise their potential. Diffusing highly pressured challenging environments, absorbing stress and getting someone else back on track. You must care about your journey and genuinely want to grow a business and develop people. It’s not just about the money.
I always hire people who are better than me which means lots more strengths and weaknesses – and fresh ideas. It’s having the ability to harness the power of other people’s skills. This creates a balanced mixture of diverse characters and personalities, which adds so much value to any team.
While you can progress very quickly there is often a time lag between inputs and outputs. That’s when you should be learning. Then apply the lessons next time you find yourself in that same situation, for example when you might get a quarter when results aren’t so good.
To whichever country your career may take you, you’ll be stretched and pushed outside your comfort zone. You quickly learn about new cultural differences and working practices. It makes you see and think about things differently and adds an extra layer to your experience. And it’s a lot of fun!
Everybody here wants you to do well. We’re serious and do things properly. The business is still relatively small so it’s agile, entrepreneurial and innovative. You can speak to the CEO, everyone is recognised for their contribution. You’ll have a very clear direction of where your career is heading from day one. It’s a very exciting time to be starting your adventure at Hydrogen.
Training & Profiles
Are you driven by the desire to constantly better yourself? Do you embrace change? Are you looking to work in an entrepreneurial environment?
A day in your new career…
There is no typical day in recruitment. You could be:
• Managing a whole recruitment process
• Developing business with new and existing clients
• Screening candidates and marketing candidates to clients
• Providing feedback, negotiating the best deals and generating sales leads
• Building in-depth knowledge of your specific ultra-niche specialism
• Networking to find the best calibre candidates to meet your clients’ needs
What you can expect from us
• Transparent career progression – we have a career
pathways programme that outlines all the options available to you and
the steps you need to take to get there
• Remuneration and reward – as well as a competitive salary, we have a performance related bonus scheme as well as quarterly and annual individual and team incentives
• Flexible working – we recognise the importance of work-life balance to our staff, enabling you to better juggle your work and family commitments
• International travel – we always encourage you to meet your clients face to face, wherever they may be based
• Global mobility – if you’re interested in working abroad, you’ll be able to apply for positions in our offices across the world, including the US and Asia
• Company benefits – we offer a range of staff benefits, including first-time buyer loans, subsidised gym membership, healthcare, company pension and lots more
We want everyone here to do well. Our culture is collaborative and fun. And you’ll receive all the training and support to help you empower your career. It’s a challenging environment but one that’s rewarding.
We think we’ve got a fun culture, our own Hydrogen vibe and style, driven by a desire to go above and beyond in serving our customers.
We employ a specific type of person, diverse individuals brimming with ideas who are not afraid of taking a risk or two. Motivated not just by money but a desire to grow their careers and teams into market leading businesses. We’re all in it together.
Whether working with job seekers or employers, we take the time to get to understand their specific requirements. Using our market knowledge and insights, we help them make the right decisions to power their careers and transform their businesses.
We also enjoy socialising and fundraising for diverse charities and take part in many events including the JP Morgan Run, the London Marathon and the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Singapore Event Day.