The future of Science Talents? Like our logo, rosy!
I’m Wesley Brits, and I’m 30 years old. I live in Mechelen. I played basketball for a long time; when I was younger I played at quite a high level, but then my level started slipping. I have three children, so I don’t have much time for hobbies. I still go to restaurants every now and then, but it’s a while since I’ve been to one. Family life comes first, but of course we also like to make time for our friends.
Tell us a little bit about your job
I am a Business Development Manager at Science Talents. This means that I liaise between our clients on the one hand and our recruiters on the other. I mainly focus on new business. I also look for new opportunities for our consultants who are temporarily without a project, although this doesn’t happen very often.
What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
The hardest thing is having to accept it when someone says ‘no’. You often put a lot of time into things, so that kind of result is disappointing. It’s a case of sowing now to reap the harvest later. Many clients work with a preferred supplier list, and these are not often reviewed. So maintaining a good relationship with clients is essential.
What does Science Talents bring to the table for a client?
Our services are very flexible. A lot of companies specialize, but for us the contract type, for example, is less of an issue. We are flexible towards both our clients and the candidates. We always look for the best solution for everyone involved.
In what ways do you go that extra mile for your client compared with your competitor?
I think partly because we make sure to be very accessible. We are living in very strange times, you can’t just meet up with people face-to-face. So responding quickly and being easy to reach is hugely important. We are also proactive in coming up with solutions for our clients. Daring to say ‘no’ is also part of that. Occasionally, we even refer clients to one of our competitors. After all, we want to guarantee quality and sometimes jobs are outside our expertise.
How do you maintain your relationships with your clients during this difficult period?
A lot is done over the phone at the moment. We regularly check in on our clients, but also on our prospects. I also stay in touch with them via LinkedIn. I also make sure that I attend the intakes with consultants, which these days are mainly done online via a video call. That way, I get to know the client even better and they can feel the commitment.
How can clients benefit from partnering with House of Talents?
The fact that House of Talents covers ten different specialities is a major advantage. This means that an HR and finance department can enlist the services of several specialist companies all under one roof. And there’s only one contract, which is a huge bonus for clients.
What do you think will be the biggest challenge for Science Talents in 2021?
Achieving the same rate of growth as in 2020. We were able to increase both our turnover and the number of consultants in what was a very difficult year. It will be tough to keep that trend going.
It’s also important that we keep up a positive vibe with our team now that we are all working from home. We have a team meeting every day at 10 AM, during which we sometimes share useful information or even just have a chat. Those moments are important, too. This helps us to stay a close-knit team.
What does the future hold for Science Talents?
We have a rosy future ahead of us – just like our logo!
I’m really positive about what’s to come. We were able to achieve good results in a difficult year like 2020, so we should be able to do the same in the future, post-COVID.
It would also be great if we could do more in person and go to the office more, but I think we’ll have to wait a few more months for that.
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