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After recently placing Olivia Skinner as a Group Affiliates and Partnerships Manager with a top eCommerce brand in the North West, we have caught up with her to ask her how she has found her relocation from London and what she loves about the North and her new role! Check it out…

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What interests you most about your industry?

I love the fact that it’s so varied from day-to-day, partly due to the huge variety of affiliates and partners we work with, but also the fact you need many different skills within the role - you need to be commercially-minded but also enjoy building strong working relationships with people. There are also a lot of fun industry events which is a nice bonus!

What is the best preparation you have had for this role?

For me, my experience working agency-side for four years gave me the best foundation - you get the chance to work with a range of brands - both smaller start-ups and big household names - and gain a real insight into their strategy and internal structures (which always vary massively from company to company). You also learn to troubleshoot a lot of issues and have a real opportunity to build your industry knowledge and contacts. 

What added value did you get from job hunting with a recruitment agency such as us here at The Candidate?

The Candidate was great in opening my eyes to roles I wouldn’t have come across or considered if I’d been job searching on my own - this is especially a plus if you are relocating and maybe not aware of all the different companies and roles around. They have great relationships with a plethora of NW-based businesses so were able to speak to contacts there personally, which I think makes an interview much more likely than just sending your CV to a generic email. 

Will you contact a recruitment agency again for any future career change?

I hopefully won’t need to for a while, but if and when I do I will definitely speak to The Candidate! 

Thanks to Olivia for sharing this insight into relocating as a marketing professional!

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