The Ri5 profile:
Ryan Bridgman, Monster


Ryan Bridgman has been at Monster since 2005 and is currently employed as field sales director for the UK, leading Monster’s UK staffing, agency, key account management and enterprise teams.

How did you first get into the industry?

My background was originally in financial services. However, when the legendary Derek Pilcher (sales director at Monster at the time) approached me in 2005 to join the online recruitment revolution it was too good an opportunity to turn down.

Would you do the same again?

Absolutely.

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

Be a famous male catwalk model*

*This may not actually be true

Who are your favourite people from the industry?

I’ve been fortunate enough to meet loads of great and knowledgeable people through the years and am genuinely grateful to count many of these amongst my friends. A list of ‘favourites’ is genuinely hard to provide however in the interests of answering the question(!), I’ve always had a huge amount of respect for Armen Lloyd at Drum for the amazing work he does for charity. Jamie Leonard was a big early influence on my career in terms of sheer drive and determination. I’ve always found Gemma Hennen to be a great industry sounding board and very switched on. David Jenkins at Wave has done an amazing job in continually developing Wave’s market proposition and being a genuinely nice guy to boot. I really enjoy spending time with Fernando De Benavides at Terra Firma. Morgan Lobb is one of the finest salespeople I have worked alongside. I’ve been really impressed with the way Ryan Whitcombe at AMS has developed his career. And finally David Brooks at TMP is about the nicest person you could hope to meet, who always has time for everyone.

I could go on for ages to be honest and I think that the number of people I haven’t had much time for I could count on one hand – there are some really great and talented people in this sector.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received in your career?

‘Value the Small Steps’. It can be overwhelming to be presented with a goal that seems at face value unachievable, yet breaking it down into steps and milestones allows you to celebrate achievement at each stage and makes the seemingly impossible happen.

And what piece of advice would you give somebody starting out in the sector?

To understand just how valuable and important what you do is for society. Your actions help people improve their individual circumstances by getting great jobs, and help companies grow by providing them with the people to do this. Feel proud about what you do when you look in the mirror.

What’s your favourite recruitment ad?

A few years ago I remember Barnardos came out with a series of hard-hitting, emotionally impactful adverts that really outlined the importance of what their employees do. Those really resonated with me.

And what’s your favourite non-recruitment ad?

I really liked Thomson Holidays’ ‘Simon the Ogre’ TV ad

You’re entertaining industry contacts. Where do you take them, and why?

In an ideal world, private jet to Monaco, followed by oysters and Champagne and an evening in the Monte Carlo Casino. Back in the real world, something somewhat less extravagant like a meal at The Ivy with plenty of good wine and conversation.

What are you reading at the moment?

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie. Never got round to reading it before.

And what are you listening to?

The song I was last listening to this morning was Billie Jean by Michael Jackson. Probably one of my favourite songs ever, never gets old.

Which five guests would you invite to your ideal dinner party?

Barack Obama, Stephen Fry, JK Rowling, Sandi Toksvig and finally Michel Roux Jr to do the cooking!

What are your top three films?

Jean de Florette, Leon and Borat. Eclectic, I know…..

Something or someone for Room 101?

The opportunity to banish religious extremists is one I would gladly take you up on.

What items do you never leave home without?

Smartphone and watch. And clothes/shoes etc., obviously…..

What’s your biggest achievement – career or otherwise?

Career-wise, building and transforming sales teams from scratch to become amongst the highest performing in the organisation on numerous occasions. On a personal basis (and this is far more important) I have a toddler son with a relatively serious medical challenge and being right beside him on his path to developing into the amazing little boy he is today is absolutely everything.

Who’s your biggest hero, and why?

Aung San Suu Kyi. She embodies the qualities of selfless devotion, determination and pacifism to achieve political change.

What is your ideal holiday?

A week in Hong Kong followed by a week in Krabi. Perfect!

Three words to describe yourself?

Optimistic, philosophical, loyal.

Your best and worst habits?

My best habit is possibly also my worst in so far as I always try to see the positive in people, however this can make me too trusting at times.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Watches. It’s more an obsession than a guilty pleasure.

What single fact would surprise people the most about you?

I used to be a Chartered Accountant.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

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Kevin Turner Date: Feb 9, 2017

Great profile Ryan

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The Ri5 profile: 
Ryan Bridgman, Monster