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Riada Specialist Profile


Arlene McConaghie

General Manager​

What influenced you to pursue your chosen career in Recruitment?

Recruitment gives me a sense of purpose, it enables me to help others find their purpose, offer great opportunities and guide people to the right job. We help a wide range of people, from those looking for their first job or needing help in choosing their career path, to those who are looking for a career change. By getting to know them on a personal level and establishing their career dreams, I am then in a strong position to match them to their ideal job.

What do you enjoy most about your job at Riada?

The satisfaction of seeing people grow and develop in their chosen role is one of the most enjoyable aspects of my role. I like to see the impact that I can have on someone both inside with the Riada team development and outside with clients and candidates. At Riada we do a lot of work with high growth companies and this creates the challenge of recruiting the perfect staff quickly but to a high standard, I enjoy fulfilling this vital part of a company’s growth strategy. Riada now has recruitment specialists in Engineering, Professionals, Industrial, Care and Hospitality.

What has been the highlight of your HR career?

Joining the team at Riada and becoming General Manager. Being responsible for drawing up Riada’s strategic plan that has lead to the attainment of a Gold Investors in People accreditation, I’m very proud of how the whole team delivered on this.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

The best advice I have been given is to be firm but fair. This means working hard, treating everyone with respect and sometimes taking difficult decisions.

What are your priorities for the year ahead at Riada Resourcing?

To build, develop and support our team, candidates and clients and to cement Riada’s position as a top recruitment company in Northern Ireland.

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