For this month’s Employee Spotlight, we spoke to Max Lambert, 2020’s Fastest Starter. We’ve talked to Max about his greatest achievement, what motivates him, his favourite place in the world and more.
1) You’re happiest when?
Bit cringe but…when I wake up walk out onto my balcony then see blue skies and the ocean.
2) What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
I spend a lot of time looking at trainers (sneakers), it’s just always been my thing really ever since I was a kid. When I was at school, I used to do a paper round every morning so I could save up and buy a new pair each month. It was a decent earner also at £28.45 a week!
3) Where’s your favourite place in the world?
Sydney, that’s why I’m here right? I’m from the Midlands back in the UK, so the idea of being in a city that’s a 15-minute car journey from multiple stunning beaches is unthinkable.
4) What do you like most about your job?
I love the fact I recruit for the Tech industry and often learn and hear about new things before most. Tech isn’t going anywhere and only gets more exciting day by day, so it’s cool to be able to play a part in the evolution.
5) What surprised you most about working in recruitment?
Even though I’m approaching the start of my 5th year, no matter how big or small the win is, I still get a buzz inside. Whether that’s finding a great candidate, an offer accepted or a client reaching out to you through a recommendation.
6) What has been your greatest achievement?
I’ll keep it SustainAbility and recruitment related – ‘SustainAbility’s Fastest Starter 2020’
Several office legends have won the award in the past, so I was happy to have won it also.
7) How do you define success?
For me what really defines success is consistency and how long you maintain that reign at the top. It’s a no-excuse mindset where you get it done no matter what the barriers are.
8) What motivates you?
I’m goal-driven for sure, each year I have personal and business goals that I keep to myself, with the aim to tick them off as quickly as possible. I’d also add, doing things that I know I would regret if I didn’t do them when the opportunity was in front of me.
9) What doors has recruitment opened that you didn’t expect it to?
Being able to come back to Australia for one, once I’d done my (457) Working Holiday Visa back in 2014 I pretty much accepted I’d only ever come back to Sydney for a holiday. It’s not until you get into the industry, you realise there are amazing opportunities to do your job in different countries and continents across the world.
To any Recruiter looking at a new country, my advice would be to focus on consistently billing good numbers at your current company and the rest will take care of itself.
10) What are you most grateful for from your time at SustainAbility?
The Directors for showing their trust in me, when Covid hit I was only 5 weeks into the job, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried at the time. They were great about it though, they pulled me to one side and gave me reassurance. We then made a plan, stuck at it and fulfilled it.
The Consultants, there really is no stereotypical recruiter ego’s at SustainAbility. We’ve got high performers, good human beings and a great team spirit where everyone wants to see each other do well and is willing to support one another. It just works.