Tom Hummerstone

When Tom joined us in 2012, he had no experience in recruitment and knew very little about Automation. Now Tom is Operations Director for our Automation brand, Talos Automation.

Starting out

“I worked at Waitrose for 8 years, starting in a part-time role on the Meat and Fish Counter while at college. When I finished college, the Branch Manager suggested I had the potential for management and offered me a full-time position as a Team Leader.”

“Shortly after working at Waitrose full-time, I was enrolled in a management training course, which led to me working in different stores across the South in a variety of positions”.

After 8 years, Tom needed a change and started his job search, to provide the lifestyle he knew he wanted.

“When I decided to leave Waitrose, I applied for a number of jobs but STR Group was the only company who took the time to explain their business, the recruitment industry and the opportunity for career development. At my interview, I really bought into the company and its goals.”

“Not long after I joined, it became apparent that the prospect for career development could be realised with some hard work and willingness to learn.”

It’s not all about work

Tom’s journey

  • Feb 2012Started as Account Executive
  • June 2013Trainee Recruitment Consultant
  • March 2014 Recruitment Consultant
  • June 2015Senior Recruitment Consultant
  • Jan 2016Lead Recruitment Consultant
  • April 2017Principal Recruitment Consultant
  • Dec 2017Operations Manager
  • July 2018Operations Director

Another perspective

Here’s what Brett, Tom’s (then) Line Manager said about Tom when he first started.

“Like many people transitioning from retail, Tom had been overworked and undervalued with very little opportunity for progression. He quickly grasped the concept of recruitment, and that his efforts could be equally matched or exceeded by the financial and career rewards on offer if he applied himself.

His hard work, drive and determination were all complimentary to his excellent communication skills and ability to absorb information, which enabled him to quickly become one of our top performers in a very short space of time.”

A message from Tom

“The STR Group provides a fantastic opportunity for people with a strong work ethic, and a career with earning potential you could formally only dream of. We have in-depth industry knowledge and fantastic infrastructure and training to develop individuals to support global opportunities within a variety of niche industries.”




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