John Ahearne - 07817 443033John@TalentTechRecruitment.com
Meet The Team
Career to date – University of Birmingham – Master’s degree, whilst there I worked for Peugeot in the summer holidays. After Uni went travelling and came back to Coventry where I spent 15 years working in sales, engineering and marketing recruitment for a large national recruiter. Co-Founder of TT along with Nick in early 2019.
Recruitment hack / top tip – Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. Always spend time looking into a company and the interviewers, consider 3 questions as part of your prep why you want the role, why you are good for the role and why you want to work for the company you are interviewing with.
Best thing about being part of the TT team – Great people, great work ethic, friendly and inclusive environment where everyone helps each other out.
Interesting fact / something we don’t know – My 2nd cousin is Mike Ahearne – Warrior from the Gladiators 1990’s TV show.
Favourite thing to do outside of work – I love sport, football, rugby, golf, tennis, cricket – either playing or watching.
If you weren’t in recruitment, where would you be – Probably a materials scientist or an engineering salesperson.
Lookalike – Haribo kid.
Career to date
During college, I worked as a waiter for a large hospitality chain, after completing my A levels I accepted an unconditional offer at Coventry University, two years in I decided I wanted to undertake a placement in recruitment – 9 months later I’m here! For extra money over the summer months, I did some scaffolding, it gave me a wage but was also the toughest job to do in record heatwave temperatures of 38 degrees!
Best thing about being part of the TT team
The work culture and atmosphere around the office. It’s a relaxed, welcoming environment and a great place to learn and progress.
Favourite thing to do outside of work
I enjoy going to the gym and playing/watching football (massive Chelsea fan), this doesn’t always go down well with other housemates who have had to accept that the TV is out of use on weekends / most weekday evenings!
I love going out for food/drinks and I’ve recently just got back from Sundown Festival and a holiday in Tuscany – Italy, so I feel lucky to have had a brilliant summer before I get stuck into my new role at TalentTech.
Chelsea winning a premier league soon and seeing it from an executive box!
And, to have no regrets.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
It would be a roast dinner, but with everything perfectly cooked. Crispy potatoes, multiple trays of Yorkshires, any meat will do but ideally a good cut of beef.
Career to date – Degree in Engineering from the University of Leeds & Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma, 24 years in sales, engineering & executive recruitment working with a variety of business throughout the UK from large global blue-chip organisations, hi growth tech start-ups to SME’s.
Recruitment hack / top tip –
Employers – Always recruit for attitude and train for skill
Candidates – Invest the time it requires in your CV and the job application process.
Best thing about being part of the TT team – Doing what I enjoy and working with such a great team of positive motivated people.
How would your colleagues describe you – I doubt I could answer that … hopefully hardworking, motivated and a good reliable colleague.
Interesting fact / something we don’t know – I once featured on a Take That DVD, almost drowned at Surfers Paradise thinking I was a surfing legend, the tides are a little different to Cornwall, I want to go on SAS – Who Dares Wins – TV & complete a Half Iron Man. Since losing 9 stone I’ve completed a half marathon, Olympic triathlon and HYROX – World series of Fitness.
Favourite thing to do outside of work – Watch sport, go to the gym & eat – in no particular order.
If you weren’t in recruitment, where would you be – I originally wanted to be an Architect as the inner geek in me is fascinated with buildings and super structures, however now if I had my time again, I’d attempt to see how far I could get on the Royal Marine Basic Training course.
Lookalike – Mmm… not sure, I’m unique.
Nickname – Gooders, Goody or G.
If you had to eat 1 meal for the rest of your life / Last meal – Prawn cocktail, Roast dinner, apple pie and custard.
Most interesting place your visited and where would you like to go – Argentina – what a great place & I’d love to go to South Africa.
Last book you read – It’s not a diet book by James Smith PT.
Favourite TV program – I don’t watch much TV apart from sport, I do watch a lot of You Tube.
Career to date – Graduated in 2017 with a 2:1 in Financial Economics from Coventry University, then after what I like to refer to as my unofficial 4th year of uni, where I rented a house with my friends and worked at a garden centre, I secured my first job in recruitment. Specialised in Graduate recruitment before moving into the IT team. Started off as an IT resourcer before coming a Business Development Executive, targeting technology companies. I then joined TalentTech as their 1st hire in Oct 2019, and the rest is history!
Recruitment hack / top tip – Be honest and upfront.
Best thing about being part of the TT team – Tight knit, supportive, competitive, and collaborative culture.
How would your colleagues describe you – “What an absolute legend!”
Favourite thing to do outside of work – watching horror films with my girlfriend and walking our French Bulldog, Reggie. Supporting the most successful English team of the decade, Manchester City.
If you weren’t in recruitment, where would you be – Financial Advisor.
Lookalike – Kevin De Bruyne.
Career to date:
Degree educated in Biomedical Science. Didn’t enjoy the isolation of being lab based, and after working up to Duty Manager at a national pub chain, I fell into engineering and technical sales recruitment in 2015 and haven’t looked back since!
Recruitment hack / top tip:
We’re here to help; if you have any questions around CV, presentations, preparation for interviews, etc. then please utilise us. Also, if you’re on LinkedIn, make sure your profile matches your CV, especially in sales roles.
Best thing about being part of the TT team:
I like how we all work and pull forwards as a team rather than working against each other.
The social aspects and nights out aren’t too shabby either!
How would your colleagues describe you:
Office DJ, DIY extraordinaire and not too bad at recruitment either.
Interesting fact / something us something we don’t know:
Back in 2006, I won a trip to NASA in USA to visit various sites in Florida & Texas.
Favourite thing to do outside of work:
Tinkering, DIY, the occasional beer and very rarely, some exercise.
I enjoy music and live gigs; I’ve got an eclectic taste!
A fan of F1, and an Aston Villa supporter.
If you weren’t in recruitment, where would you be:
I’d most likely reskill to a hands on engineering or field sales role.
Career to date – I worked in internal and field sales within the telecoms space after finishing university before making the move to sales recruitment back in 2007. I have worked in sales for the last 17 years.
Recruitment hack / top tip – There isn’t one. You need to be prepared to graft and apply yourself but the rewards can be a very fulfilling career if you are successful.
Best thing about being part of the TT team – The culture. Coming to work, is no longer like coming to work. I am trusted to do my job and left to get on with it. I have been given a lot more responsibility since I started here, and this has helped me to become a better, more rounded recruiter.
How would your colleagues describe you – Hard working, hungry, driven, reliable (I hope).
Favourite thing to do outside of work – Spend time with my two girls and fiancée. Watch the mighty Sky Blues (Coventry City) and play football.
If you weren’t in recruitment, where would you be – If I had my time again probably an architect.
3 wishes –
For my girls to grow up happy and healthy.
To help grow TT and make the company a success.
Become a professional footballer at 40 years of age.
Career to date – Degree in Criminology and Law from Coventry University. I then started a career working for an Insolvency Firm, I was unfortunately made redundant, so I decided to make the step into recruitment/sales and haven’t looked back since!
Recruitment hack / top tip – Be resilient!
Best thing about being part of the TT team – Working with an excellent team who I enjoy spending time with in and outside the workplace!
Favourite thing to do outside of work – Going to the Coventry City football matches, going to the gym, weekends away, holidays abroad and out for nice meals.
Nickname – Rab.
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life – Nandos or a roast dinner.
After finishing 6th form with 3 A-levels, I was undecided on whether to continue my studies at University or dive into the working world and gain an “on the job” apprenticeship. I was fortunate to secure a role to work for a local engineering recruitment firm where I have worked for the last 2.5 years, and I’ve completed a Level 2 apprenticeship in Recruitment Consultancy. I’m now looking to further my career and develop my recruitment skills so I’m excited that I’m working at TalentTech as an Executive Recruiter. Having heard great things about their growth & culture I’m pleased to be the magic #8 and I couldn’t be happier to be part of the TalentTech Squad.
Why did you want to come and join the TalentTech team?
I’m keen to continue my skills and development and with the experience in the business I feel I will benefit from the knowledge of the team. I believe that TalentTech will help me develop my career, from meeting the team I can see their drive & motivation and the high standards that they set themselves, I can’t wait to get stuck in.
Top recruitment hack/ tip
Always get to know your audience. When & how to ask the right questions… but also, importantly to know when to listen.
What motivates you to work hard?
I’m ambitious, so the thought of developing my career to the highest level I can, inspires me.
How would your colleagues describe you?
Sociable, with a fun personality who is motivated & determined.
Favourite thing to do outside of work?
I love football, boxing and attend the gym regularly.
England and Chelsea #19 Footballer Mason Mount.
If you could eat one more meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
It’s got to be Nando’s: Peri salted chips, butterfly chicken, garlic bread and garlic peri-naise.
I’ve previously worked for a large recruitment company for over 17 years, in this time I gained valuable experience and an excellent understanding of the recruitment industry. I’m knowledgeable in sales, marketing and engineering recruitment and supported the business with regards to the training courses we supplied. I’m fortunate to have met many great people and lifelong friends along the way. After being made redundant due to COVID cut backs, I found myself in Education, a sector I was unfamiliar with but enjoyed the new challenge. Fast forward a year I am back in familiar territory – the world of recruitment! I’m delighted to be working at TalentTech, with some old faces and for a company with a great ethos and positive work values is refreshing and exciting, I can’t wait to fully get stuck into my new role here!
Best thing about being part of the Talent Tech team?
Having 6 other people that have my back, that want me to succeed and inspire me to always do my best.
How would your colleagues describe you?
Organised, motivated, step obsessed and Kit Kat lover!
Favourite thing to do outside of work?
I spend weekends on the side-line of a under 12s football pitch, made better when it’s not raining!
Running, circuit training, looking at holidays!
Last thing you watched on TV?
Help – I love anything Stephen Graham stars in.
As a hiring manager, I have found TalentTech to be the most professional, transparent and effective recruitment service I have worked with throughout my career. They truly understand the market.Garry Armstrong - Senior Product Manager
John and the team are extremely professional and helped me immensely throughout my whole interview process, going above and beyond expectations to ensure I was fully prepared. They did an incredible job and I would recommend TalentTech highly.Emily Reddi - Sales Development Representative
Recruiting through TalentTech Recruitment has been a really refreshing experience. Honest and practical recruitment with feedback throughout the process giving valuable input when needed. We have now successfully recruited our two new Business Development Managers and should we be looking to add to the team we will certainly instruct you once again. Thanks very much Nick, John & the team.HR Director, UK Engineering Company
A big thankyou to Josh and Dave at TalentTech Recruitment who have helped me secure my new role. Their help and support through this challenging time has been invaluable and without their input I very much doubt I would have got this position. I have let my new employer know of their input and will happily recommend them for all future recruitment.Louise Oldham - Sales Account Manager
John and the team at TalentTech Recruitment are an absolute credit to themselves. John worked tirelessly with myself throughout every stage of the recruitment process, and it was with his help and support that I was successful in securing the perfect role within a fantastic company. He made sure that I was constantly kept informed during every step of the process, providing me with even the smallest details and information required. His extensive knowledge of the whole recruitment process and his attention to detail were second to none and I would absolutely not hesitate in recommending John, Nick and the team at TalentTech to anyone with specialist recruitment requirements, the guys will 100% give you the upmost effort and commitment. I can't thank them enough, it has been an absolute pleasure working with themNeil Foster - National Trade Sales Manager
John was a complete professional when it came to supporting me through the interview process. Very easy to speak to and gave great advice on his client. Would go to again if I find myself out of a job!Thomas Davies - Customer Success Executive
Josh & John were very timely throughout the process, and both very easy to talk with. Constructive input without the need to follow up for information made communication very practical. John was very considerate and professional, which helped put my mind at ease. I have now secured a brilliant role in an excellent company with the help of a faultless process from TalentTech.Dominic Protacio - Sales Development Representative
Its great to see a recruitment company that listens to the client and explains the process to us. The project to hire a National Sales Manager wasn’t without its challenges in this competitive market for candidates but the team at TalentTech kept us updated and informed throughout the hiring process.Sales Director - Global Technology provider
David was fantastic to work with. Very helpful, supportive and I'm very grateful to him for putting me forward to a cracking sales role that I have now secured. I highly recommend David and the team around him at talenttech recruitment!Anton Archer - Area Sales Manager
We have been really pleased with the two engineers you have found us. They have both settled into the team well and we are grateful to you for sourcing them. We have plans for 2020 and will be in contact to help us with our next planned recruitment.Managing Director - UK Engineering Services Organisation
Excellent service John & Nick! The whole recruitment process was hassle free and we secured a fantastic candidate at the end of it. Thanks TalentTech.Engineering Director – Global Technical Organisation
John is very professional and persistent. I was delighted to have the opportunity to work with him. Without his help I would not have been successful in my recent job search.Martin Reppion - Business Development Manager
Thank you to the whole Team at TalentTech for the quality of the shortlist you have presented to me yesterday. Four of the candidates were excellent and I only wanted to take three back for 2nd interviews so it is going to give me a real headache having to choose three for final interview.National Sales Manager – UK Construction Manufacturer
We have worked with TalentTech for the last 6 months and they have supported our transition as we aim to strengthen certain areas of the UK business. What started as filling one of our vacant area sales roles that we had struggled with has given us the opportunity to get TalentTech engaged to successfully help in other divisions. Its been refreshing to find a company that just “get” recruitment having had a number of negative experience with previous suppliers.HR Director – Technical Scientific & Laboratory Manufacturer
What a great find! Thanks John, for providing us with our latest Sales Development Representative for the West Midlands & Warwickshire area. We look forward to the candidate starting and enjoying their sales career with us. I will certainly recommend you to my colleagues throughout the business.Mid-Market Sales Manager – MarTech Software Vendor
Its been a pleasure to work with Team TalentTech on our latest planned recruitment campaign, we found the process to be smooth and were kept informed throughout the hiring of our latest engineer. In a difficult market with a specific brief they were able to provide a strong shortlist giving us a number of options. Big thanks particularly to Nick for his help and professionalism.Technical Service Manager – European Packaging Equipment Supplier
Thank you to Nick and the team at TalentTech recruitment for your help on our recent recruitment project. You were up against 2 other recruitment suppliers but the quality of the candidates and the service to both ourselves and the successful candidate was excellent. You have proved to be a valuable partner and will now be our chosen preferred supplier for all UK recruitment.National Sales Manager – Global Manufacturer of Industrial Capital Equipment
John and Nick were very helpful in supporting me on the recruitment process. They were very accommodating during my out of hours office calls and responded to emails and messages very promptly. They ensured that the company was fit for purpose for my needs and demands and encouraged me to Pursue this company which being part of Filtermist now has been challenging and fulfilling. John and Nick are professional, pro-active and pleasant gentlemen to be involved with. I would certainly recommend them as a recruiter both from a candidate and a hiring managers perspectiveManpreet Maan - Proposals Engineer
I work with a number of other agencies but John is by far the most professional and is at the top of my preferred supplier list. He not only knows our business and has a real knack of finding the candidates that have the right skills, attitudes and behaviours that fit our culture, but he goes out of his way to get the know the hiring managers and then simplifies the recruitment process for them. As a result of this, he managed to fill a senior level role flawlessly and, although it was a difficult task, he found a truly talented member of our leadership team who is already adding value to their team and the business overall.MD – Global Engineering OEM
Nick is a consummate professional and his help has been invaluable throughout my recent job-hunting process. Having not been on the job market for a while, the interview and presentation advice he gave me made a huge difference and helped me to secure the role I really wanted. I really appreciate all the effort and assistance and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.Regional Sales Manager – Technology
The recruitment process can often be arduous but we found TalentTech to be honest and transparent throughout, which is very refreshing and we’re pleased to have found a genuine supplier that can support our business going forward.Service Manager – Scientific Instrumentation
From first contact with John, he was open, friendly & offered some great advice. Throughout the process he was efficient & diligent with his communication/feedback & having this from a recruiter made the interview/job change process far easier - which is a rare thing! I thoroughly recommend John & his business when you’re looking for a new role/career changeWill McCullough - Area Sales Manager
I am absolutely delighted with my new role and company. I couldn’t have wished to join a better organisation and am very grateful for all the help and support John gave me in making it happen. All the interview advice was invaluable.National Sales Manager – Chemical manufacturer
TalentTech have presented me with some fantastic opportunities to take my career aspirations forward. They have been dedicated and professional and have really added tremendous value throughout.Technical Manager – Engineering Services Company
I have been working with recruitment consultancies for many years and have had mixed experiences in terms of quality of service as well as value for money. Working with John has been quite a change. John and I formed a strategic alliance for the recruitment of high-quality sales professionals. This was only possible because of the effort and resources that were put into gaining a comprehensive understanding of our business and the market sectors we operate in. John co-ordinated our recruitment needs and has proved to be highly successful and cost effective. I have no hesitation in recommending John and TalentTech as a preferred supplier and business partner.HR Director –Building Materials Company
Nick’s experience clearly shows. He just ‘gets it’, quickly understanding our organisational goals and culture and sourcing our latest, exceptional technical candidate. The process was smooth throughout with regular feedback given at each stage. I would highly recommend him.Engineering Director - OEM Manufacturing Company
Highly recommend John for the professionalism and support during the whole recruitment process. Very Encouraging to be kept up to date and informed through out. Many thanks for your help and advice.Craig McCormack - Systems Engineer