The Ri5 profile: Stevie Doyle, Jobsgopublic

The Ri5 profile: Stevie Doyle, Jobsgopublic

With almost a decade of experience in national and international education recruitment, Steven (Stevie) Doyle recently joined Jobsgopublic as senior client partnership manager – software.

He’s spent the last ten years helping schools, colleges and universities to attract, recruit and train the best possible staff and students.

Having worked across Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia, Stevie is an advocate of software and new media and passionately promotes the role they play in contemporary recruitment strategies.

How did you first get into the industry?

Like many things in my life, it’s been more of an evolution through luck and chance. During uni I was convinced I wanted to teach but after graduating and spending a brief spell lecturing at a college in Northern Ireland (and deciding I was crap at teaching) I moved into student recruitment. Nine years later and I’m delighted to have joined Jobsgopublic and I’ll hopefully add something new to an already stellar team of innovators.

Would you do the same again?

Absolutely. I recognised early in my career that the real rewards came from working with the best people. Living and working by this ethos has helped me make lifelong friends that I wouldn’t risk losing by taking a different path. There are a couple of staff parties that I may have avoided though!

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

I would probably work at wind turbines. A strange deviation I know, but I spent a few summer months servicing them with a family friend shortly after graduating and really enjoyed it. I think there was something about using climbing lines and harnesses during work that made it feel more like PE.

Who are your favourite people from the industry?

I’d be a fool if I didn’t say it’s the great people at Jobsgopublic! I also really like the guys at Ambleglow. I worked with Sally Alexander from Ambleglow quite a bit while I was at TES and although I still haven’t met her in person, I definitely have to give her a mention. Always really lovely on the phone and a pleasure to deal with!

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

I once did an interview skills course with a tech sales specialist. His parting advice was that I should always wear a navy suit and red tie when interviewing for a job or attending an important meeting. I forgot most of everything else he told me but I have followed this piece of advice and it’s served me well so far.

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

Wear a navy suit and a red tie to your important meetings and interviews…

What’s your favourite recruitment ad?

A German recruitment website ( had a famous campaign in 2006 called ‘Life’s too short for the wrong job’. It used some amazing poster imagery that’s really hard to explain. Definitely worth taking the time to Google it though!

And what’s your favourite non-recruitment ad?

John West’s salmon advert with the fisherman fighting the bear. Voted the funniest ad of all time and rightly so. Anyone who hasn’t had the pleasure should watch it on YouTube immediately.

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

London Float Works. A new experience for most and perhaps not everyone’s cup of tea but I’m a big fan. It’s a place where you go and float in a warm salt water isolation tank with no sound or light. After a few minutes you feel like you’re chilling in outer space. It’s a great way to unplug from the busy city (but not for the claustrophobic). Street food and craft beers after.

What are you reading at the moment?


And what are you listening to?

Mostly the background music in the Jobsgopublic office these days. I haven’t found out who controls the selection but they should be ashamed of themselves.

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

I’d poison the broth and invite John Terry, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Morrissey and Katie Hopkins…

What are your top three films?

Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Saint Vincent (with Bill Murray).

Something or someone for Room 101?

John Terry

What items do you never leave home without?

My iPhone and my debit card. I feel nervous without both at all times.

What’s your biggest achievement – career or otherwise?

I am the youngest of four boys who regularly compete for the place of favourite son. Achieving ‘favourite son status’ is naturally my biggest achievement!

Who’s your biggest hero, and why?

Homer Simpson -  He’s underrated as a hero. Flawed like all of us but he’s loyal, loves his family and it may take him a while to do the right thing but he gets there eventually. That’s hero enough for me. 

What is your ideal holiday?

Trip down through South America on a touring motorbike.

Three words to describe yourself?

Doesn’t follow instructions very well.

Your best and worst habits?

Best: Drinking too much and staying out late
Worst: Drinking too much and staying out late

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone

What single fact would surprise people the most about you?

My left foot is a size seven and my right is a ten…

Thursday, 14 July 2016

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