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Resourcer, Amsterdam

Like many of our team, Jelmar’s route to Michael Bailey Associates is an unconventional one – his previous job was as a professional break dancer, and he’s even published a book on the Hip Hop scene in Holland

How, then, did he end up working in a professional services environment for a multi-national consultancy?

“I’ve always been an entrepreneur, and believe that you have to go out and get things in life.  I had some business experience, but what I think really got the Sales Manager interested in my first interview was that I demonstrated initiative, tenacity and resilience, and I think these qualities are exactly what’s needed in my new role.”

Our business is about people, and Jelmar’s ability to connect with people at all levels from all walks of life is essential to the role. We look for confidence and resilience; there are rejections in the role, and our Resourcers need to be able to take these in their stride and bounce back.

I asked Jelmar what has stood out for him in his career with us to date:

In the last six months, I have managed to hit our quarterly target and have qualified for our summer incentive trip to New York and I’ve almost made it onto the Dubai trip with 3 months to go. It’s been a great start!

“I really enjoyed the training in London, I learnt so much and had fun as well.  The internal and external trainers we have are excellent, really inspirational and motivating.  I met people from the other offices, from Eindhoven and Germany, we got on really well and spend a bit of time together exploring London too.  The New York incentive trip was just amazing.  I organised a tour for the teams visiting iconic places that were instrumental in the development of the hip hop scene. “

How did Jelmar manage the transition from such a radically different profession to his current one?

“Michael Bailey Associates has a great working culture, particularly for me coming from a background that was the complete opposite to a professional office!”

“I work with a great group of people, and really enjoy meeting interesting people on a daily basis.  I like to be in an environment where I can still be myself, feel appreciated and not have to be too formal.  Every day is different, which is good as I don’t like to get stuck in a routine.”

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