Getting to know James White30.11.2017
We met James a few months ago, when he was introduced to us by his accountant. At TAEFL, we believe in new talents and we support SMEs, so we funded Right Time Recruitment against contracts to support the growth of James’s business.
Questions & Answers session with James White – candidate on The Apprentice – BBC TV Show.
1. Tell me a bit about your background and how you’ve come to be where you are today.
I grew up in Scotland and moved to England when I was 11. I came from a poor background. We lived in a poor town in a council house in Essex. This is where my business acumen started – car washing in the local village, paper rounds, selling things. From the age of 11 to 18, I had different business ventures and that’s where it all started.
2. What did you want to do when you were young?
I wanted to be a business man, just earn money. My elder siblings had a different lifestyle. When they were younger my dad was rich and successful and they grew up in a 10 bedroomed house. By the time I was born, dad had lost his money and businesses and I was born into completely different lifestyle. I knew that dad had once had it all and lost it and I wanted to bring it back.
3. Can you tell us a little about your career so far?
I finished university and went into a junior recruitment role and I worked there for 3.5 years. I became the top salesman in Europe and earnt a lot of money, built up sales base and team. When I left in 2016, I decided to set up Right Time Recruitment. Following that, I then went into The Apprentice and grew Right Time Recruitment.
4. Has being on The Apprentice had an influence on your professional journey?
Yes – the process gave me a kick up the backside. Worked hard as an employee, became very successful with money in the bank and went complacent. The process in The Apprentice made me never switch off, I always had to be on the ball and that’s stayed with me. It’s definitely had a positive impact.
5. What do you enjoy most about your current role?
No day is ever the same. I really enjoy growing the business, developing the team, the client development side. I look forward to coming to work because it doesn’t feel like work and it’s not a chore. I’m working 7 days a week but it doesn’t ever feel like work.
6. How did you come up with the idea for Right Time Recruitment?
When I left my previous company and role, it was all a sudden departure but I was always going to stay in recruitment. I was brainstorming names and that’s where it came from. It was meaningful to me and I wanted that represented to the industry.
7. What are the benefits for companies who want to work with Right Time Recruitment?
We provide specialist resources and have industry wide experience. My team and I are transparent, work very openly with clients, which is sometimes hard to find in the recruitment industry. We have a very good working relationship with clients and want to understand their culture. We’ve had feedback from one client that we are like an ‘extended arm of the business’, which was great to hear as that’s what we’re trying to achieve.
8. Where do you think Right Time Recruitment will be in 3 years’ time?
I see it being a multi-million pound turnover company. I’d like it to be more geographic in terms of locations, as well as providing a more holistic service and diversify into other areas of the industry.
9. What advice would you give to someone just starting their career?
Even when you seem to be so far away from achieving goals, pick up the pace and drive forward. It’s through the pain we succeed. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t.
10. What do you like to do outside of work?
I love fitness, socialising, boxing, spending time with my dog and travelling.
11. What’s been your favourite destination so far?
Miami – party animal.
12. Where would you like to go next that you haven’t been to?
I’ve not been to China and would love to go. I learnt Chinese at University and it would be great to be able to put that to use.