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Diary of a Trainee Indirect Tax Recruitment Consultant – Tom Slater – 6th Entry

I had been briefed on every detail of the week ahead. I had read and then re-read the holiday notes. This trainee was ready to step up and take on the responsibilities of a more experienced recruiter. My time had come to show that I was reliable and ready as my colleague Guy Barrand departed for annual leave. I was prepared.

Day 1 – the phone rings. A new job, excellent! Hold on a minute…there are no notes for this… Oh no…I’m going off-piste!!

Immediately I had gone off script. After all the rehearsals here I was ad-libbing and it was fine. I took the job, sent the terms, received the spec and the client’s requirements and then began searching our database for the right candidates. As the week went on I contacted candidates, put them forward, arranged interviews and then prepped them. I had taken a job and acted on it by myself for the first time… and all without notes!

A valuable lesson had been learnt here: in recruitment you have to be prepared to adapt. You can be up to date with developments, but then the human element of recruiting comes in to play and situations well…develop!

The next call came in, a candidate this time, looking for interview feedback. “Please wait a moment.” I say. “Let me consult my notes…”

Diary of a Trainee Indirect Tax Recruitment Consultant – Tom Slater – 5th Entry

It’s been an incredibly busy few weeks here at BLT for the Indirect Tax Team as the last fortnight has been dominated by the 2013 Indirect Tax Awards.

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Deloitte – State of the State Report

BLT attended Deloitte’s launch of its State of the State Report. [ ]

The prospects for consultants in central government policy implementation and social care are improving rapidly. Contact Sarah Erickson if you’d like to get involved in public sector consulting.

ICSA Company Secretaries Conference and Exhibition 2013

Jamie and Nicola went to the ‘ICSA Company Secretaries Conference and Exhibition 2013’.

It was a very busy day with a variety of interesting talks – including a number of respected speakers such as Paul Mason (Broadcaster and Journalist) and Richard Murphy (Director, Tax Research UK).

It helped Jamie develop his knowledge of the CSS world and provided a good platform for Nicola to network.

Recruiter Core Competencies Introduction Day

Tom and Alyce went to the ‘Recruiter Core Competencies Introduction day’ on Wednesday 18th & Thursday 19th September 2013.

Both enjoyed the course over the two days and benefited from it a lot.

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The Indirect Tax Awards 2013

It’s the morning after the night before and the dust has settled on what was a fantastic night at the 2013 Indirect Tax Awards. The great and the good of the Indirect Tax world had gathered at the Law Society in Chancery Lane to celebrate the achievements of all those shortlisted for this year’s awards.

The winners for this year and each of their categories are listed below:

Rising Star within Indirect Tax – Nicole Smith, KPMG
Best Indirect Tax Consultancy Team: Winner – Baker & McKenzie
Best Indirect Tax Consultancy Team: Special Commendation - The VAT Consultancy
Best In-house Indirect Tax Expert or Team – Rio Tinto
Outstanding Contribution to Indirect Tax – Bruno Giordan

BLT wants to once again congratulate all of the deserved winners and those that were shortlisted. It’s a real pleasure for everyone here at BLT to run the Indirect Tax Awards and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those in attendance and hope that you enjoyed your night as much as we did.


Working for BLT / CSS

The recruitment market is showing encouraging signs of recovery, echoing much improved business sentiment and  positive reports of economic recovery. As a result, there is a real scarcity of talented Recruitment Consultants out there, and we are all fighting over a very small pool of candidates. Like many of our competitors, BLT and CSS are now actively recruiting. So if you are a Recruitment Consultant looking to move jobs, why should you consider BLT or CSS?

We are a successful niche business, established for 26 years,  known for having a strong reputation for ethical service in our specialist fields of Management Consultancy, Indirect tax and Company Secretarial and Governance. We’re closely aligned to these sectors and sponsor awards, provide thought leadership and are looked upon as recruitment partners by many of our clients. We are on the PSL’s for many large FTSE 100 and 250 businesses, professional service firms and Consultancies. What does this means to you as a Recruiter joining our team? It means that you will be able to immediately take advantage of our strong brand and client relationships. Our name will open doors for you so you will be able to establish yourself quickly , deal with ‘warm’ clients and candidates from day 1 and importantly for your career, become known within your sector. In a very practical sense, it will enable you to start earning fees quickly.

Our reputation, brand and longevity should give you reassurance, as well as the fact that a number of our Consultants have been with us for a long time and enjoy working in a dynamic and collaborative environment. We really value our team and those who have entrusted their careers with us.  However, we also believe in  adding fresh talent to our team, so in the last  few months we have taken on an experienced hire for our Management Consultancy team and 2 graduates, one for Indirect tax and one for Management Consultancy.  We also have a successful intern programme. So if you join us, you will be able to learn from people who know their specialist markets inside out, and also be assured of having colleagues at a similar age and stage to yourself.

We see a bright future for BLT. We have a fantastic team in place, we have great clients and candidates who provide us with a high degree of repeat business and we are very focussed on constantly reviewing our business, processes, and infrastructure to ensure that we can meet the challenges of a constantly evolving recruitment market.  Most importantly we enjoy what we do and try to have fun doing it.

We have 2 very immediate recruitment needs. One is for a Consultant to join our Company Secretarial team and the other is for an experienced Interim recruiter to establish a new division.

As I have worked for BLT for 25 years, I appreciate that you might think that I would say all of the above! However – if you are looking to change jobs, what have you got to lose by meeting us to find out for yourself?  We will introduce you to a wide cross section of the business so you can talk to them openly about what life at BLT / CSS is like and will endeavour to answer any questions you have. If you would like an informal discussion in the first instance, mail me at and I will call you at a convenient time for you.


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