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2020 Resilience Stories

16 November 2020

by La Fosse Associates

( Words)

​2020 has been a year of resilience. With 2021 on the horizon, we’re taking a moment to celebrate the tenacity of our employees in overcoming adversity to achieve personal success.

"Back in March, both members of my team were unfortunately put on furlough. At the same time I had shortlists pulled, prospects cancelled plus a large offer withdrawn.

For me, it was really important to have super strict desk management and client management, and knowing what non-negotiables to set for my desk.

It was important I over-resourced every single role to give myself the best chance of placing it.

Targeted BD and pivoting into growing markets has also been essential. As a result, I've gone above and beyond my targets since lockdown began."

"Over the last few months, our Executive Search division has really taken off.

With the new team size, I was facing a seriously challenging workload. I also needed to learn a lot about new verticals, quickly.

We've recently manged to get a deal over the line that I start resourcing in February, which has really tested my perseverance.

One thing I've learned about myself recently is that I am capable of finding that resilience and tenacity if I have to. I've placed several senior individuals since lockdown began."


"In March, my role was made redundant.

Shortly after, I was offered an opportunity to work within the Credit Control team.

So, I picked myself up, dusted myself off and focused on adapting to the new activity as a Credit Controller.

My manager and our CFO have fed back to me that I've taken to it like a duck to water.

I now have a promising career within in the finance function thanks to digging deep and being as flexible as I could."

​"Like most people in the Contracts team, I was hit from both angles with the lead up to IR35 and the pandemic.

I lost the majority of my runner book and most of my prospects were within Travel, Leisure & Retail - I was feeling pretty deflated.

In order to turn this around, the big change here wasn't just about doing the basics right but a shift in mindset. I had to make a decision on whether I wanted it for myself as opposed to my manger wanting for me.

I was starting from scratch again so I put a strict, non-negotiable daily plan in place.

Through consistently speaking to my candidates and new managers, I've achieved several deals and added to my monthly run rate."