Damian Jeffries, Head of driver operations
Movemeon candidate spotlights are a series of articles focusing on member’s journeys into new opportunities. Here Damian explains his career journey and how he used movemeon to find his next role.
“Damian has had a unique career so far, going from the police into consulting and now entering the startup world. I really enjoyed our chat and wish you all the best!”
– Sabah, Fixter’s Client Success Manager
WHERE DID YOU START YOUR CAREER/WHERE ARE YOU GOING?
I actually started my career in the police, where I was a policeman after having done a Politics and Economics degree at Exeter. The main reason for joining the police was that I was always into problem-solving, helping people and I love a challenge! A year (or so) later, I decided it was the right time to leave, due to a number of reasons. I then went to KPMG to do Strategy Consulting where I stayed for 5 years and gained some invaluable experience. After this, I made the big move into the startup world and joined Fixter, a startup which aims to make car servicing and maintenance easy, as Head of Driver Operations.
WHAT FIRST ATTRACTED YOU TO YOUR NEW ROLE, AND WHY DID YOU WANT A CHANGE?
A few things attracted me to the Fixter role.
I had been at KPMG for 5 years and to be honest, felt that the corporate world moves too slowly. I wanted greater responsibility and to work in a fast-paced environment. I also wanted my decisions to have a tangible impact on the world.
The role is perfect as it allows me to combine many of my skills and passions. I love cars and motorbikes and the role combines high-level strategy, people management and operations. I am also painfully aware of how inconvenient vehicle maintenance can be and it is an idea and a company which I believe will succeed. When dealing with drivers on a day-to-day basis, you undoubtedly need strong people management skills and the ability to make difficult decisions – something that my police background has helped with.
IN YOUR OPINION, HOW DOES MOVEMEON DIFFER FROM OTHER PLATFORMS/AGENCIES?
Movemeon is the only platform I used. I really enjoyed using the platform, as an interface it was intuitive. There is an interesting selection of very well-thought-out jobs/jobs descriptions. I liked the way that the team would encourage clients to review profiles for a 2nd time if they felt I was a really strong fit. It was nice to know there is a human contact (Dedicated Success Managers) who can update me if needed. It’s more well balanced and streamlined than other platforms I’d previously used.
THROUGH WHICH OF MOVEMEON CHANNELS WERE YOU INITIALLY MADE AWARE OF THE ROLE?
When I was looking to move from KPMG, it really helped that I was receiving roles through different channels via Movemeon. I like that you invite candidates to jobs depending on how relevant they are for the role.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER MOVEMEON CANDIDATES?
Your CV is one of the most important parts of the process. Lots of people have difficulty with CVs and a lot of us haven’t looked for jobs and updated their CV in a few years (some since graduating). Look at the simple things – break each project down into the skills you needed/how it is relevant to the role you’re applying for. Once you’re through to interview – overprepare and do your homework.
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