Ri5 profile: Dom Jones

 

The latest in our series of industry profiles comes from Dom Jones, agency key account manager at RBI Recruitment Media, where he works across the entire RBI Recruitment portfolio of B2B community sites and publications, managing relationships with advertising agency partners.


What was your first job?

My first ever job was working as a waiter in the local pub. I managed to spill lemonade all over my first customer.  It was then I realised my skills were perhaps better suited elsewhere. 

How did you first get into the industry?

Not long after finishing university I uploaded my CV to a job board and was contacted by an agency to interview for a job with LondonJobs, one of Jobsite's specialist job boards. That was the start of a beautiful journey in recruitment advertising!

Accident or design?

As most, complete accident.  I’ve been fortunate that the industry allows for design after the accident.

What would you do if you didn’t do this?

I studied Physiotherapy at university so that could have been another career route for me. 

Favourite industry colleagues and why?

Tom Earl and Gary Scott. They pretty much taught me everything I know about working with agencies during my time at LondonJobs and Jobsite, and are guys I looked up to from day one in the industry.       

Also, having been in the industry for nearly nine years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a number of fantastic people, both agency and media side. 

Favourite recruitment ad and why?

We recently celebrated 25 years of the RADs, organised by RBI, and I was fortunate enough to see some of the best and most effective creative that the industry has produced over this time, as Peter Clarke and Angela Jones were collating past work to showcase at the event. However, the Teach First video that won the AV category this year is the best recruitment ad I've seen.        

Favourite non-recruitment ad?

Virgin Atlantic have produced some impressive TV ads, which also work pretty well as recruitment ads!

Perfect weekend?

My girlfriend took me on a long weekend to Paris for my 30th recently - that pretty much nailed it.  The best food, wine and a bit of culture thrown in. A day in Disneyland also allowed me to connect with my inner child as well! And the company was alright…

Best restaurant for:

  • selling: Berners Street Tavern
  • impressing: Dinner by Heston at the Mandarin Oriental
  • romance: Havana, Brighton
  • enjoying with friends: Flat Iron
  • eating: Wahaca

Who are your guests for the perfect dinner party?

Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Jeremy Clarkson, Oisin Tymon - perfect might not be the word, more like eventful.

What are your proudest achievements?

Professional: Making two sales in my first week in my first sales role, which was pretty much unheard of in the company.

Personal: I’m still living off past glories - representing my county in two sports and being a nationally ranked track runner.

Something or someone for Room 101?

Arsene Wenger

Looking forward to?

Summer holiday in Majorca – finally a chance to get some sun and relax.

Favourite sport (participant)?

Cricket

Sporting hero?

Ledley King

Holiday – sun/sea, ski, safari, or culture?

Sun and sea everytime.

Favourite piece of music / album?

Kanye West – College Dropout, or Jay-z’s Black album

Favourite film director, and film?

Tarantino. I could watch any of his films at any time and the dialogue is always incredible. But for a specific movie, it has to be The Rock, which could pretty much count as my Guilty Pleasure as well.

What single fact would surprise people the most about you?

I have two middle names, one of which I can’t even pronounce.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

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Ri5 profile: Dom Jones