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John Guest

Divisional Director

John Guest Fire & Security Recruitment Jobs

Sector: Fire and Security

Specialises in: Recruitment in Electronic Security, CCTV, Access Control, Intruder Alarms, Fire Alarms, Fire Suppression, Fire Detection, Fire Fighting Products, ANPR, Video Analytics, Biometrics, EAS (Electronic Article Surveillance), ITS & Traffic, Perimeter Detection, PA/VA, Warden Call, Physical Security, Gates, Barriers, Bollards, X-Ray Detection, BMS, Building Services, IT Security, Loss Prevention, Manned Security, Counter Terror, Security Systems, Integrated Systems, Security Software, ONVIF.

Interesting fact: Football & Fitness fanatic, when not glued to the phone I can regularly be found in the gym or plying my trade as a Centre Back in the Kingston & District Football leagues. Additionally avid Portsmouth fan and lover of all things Automotive and Tech.

Recruiter Biography:

In the early days of my career I ran an on-line business specialising in car parts. In my early twenties I started my career as a Recruitment Consultant in the IT Technical sector, moving into the Fire & Security shortly after. This is now my 8th Year in recruitment, leading the Eligo Fire & Security recruitment team.

I launched Eligo Fire & Security in 2010 and it has since become one of the best known brands in the market, with a team of 5 consultants which continues to grow.

As a leading Fire & Security Recruiter, I regularly attend industry networking events, and have been involved in placing over 500 people within the sector, working at all levels with a number of key clients since 2010 and some even earlier. In 2014 I was named as one of the 20 most influential people in the Fire industry and nominated as Security recruitment consultancy of the year in 2013.

Articles by John Guest
Author: John Guest | Date: 6/3/17 | Category: Fire and Security
hiring a superstar is easy - have a conversation with your recruiter

What does a typical conversation with a recruiter usually sound like to you? A couple of days ago I was having a conversation with a potential new client who was looking to hire following the exit of a long term employee. They had since hired someone else but that had unfortunately not worked out. In pursuit of a better hire the Director had gone out to their own personal network with no joy; candidates were not hungry enough, too stuck in their ways, and had unrealistic expectations. What he wanted was someone who was still improving in their abilities, driven, hungry, motivated to open new doors, open-minded to new ideas and able to learn yet have significant experience selling...

Author: John Guest | Date: 4/1/17 | Category: Advice, Eligo News, Fire and Security
Eligo Book Club with Fire & Security Recruitment Director John Guest

We’re a varied bunch here and all love a good read. Each world book day we’ve put together a quick blog going round the office and asking for our consultants best recommendations on books on a variety of subjects. These have been so successful that we’ve decided to branch out and focus on a small selection of books each consultant would love to recommend for a multitude of purposes and reasons. First up, we have Fire & Security Recruitment Director John Guest. Happy Reading!   One of my new year’s resolutions last year was to read more, and since I haven’t looked back. Around the office I quite often find myself suggesting a read to one of my colleagues, with many...

Author: John Guest | Date: 21/12/16 | Category: Advice, Fire and Security
farmer fire & security business

I regularly catch up with Directors and Managers of Fire & Security businesses throughout the UK to discuss industry trends, challenges and needs, and potential solutions to help them grow. Recently I met the Managing Director of a small but growing Security business whose goal has been to add £1 million revenue to the business within a 12 month period. Unfortunately, over the last year, that goal had been and gone following a period in which the company had hired 2 Business Development Managers in order to achieve these results. One year on and the company were behind on budget, the Business Dev Managers were gone and the Managing Director was having to go back out, sell, and...

Author: John Guest | Date: 14/12/16 | Category: Advice, Fire and Security
how to prepare for an interview

Anything between 45 minutes and 2 hours can decide the future of your career. It’s therefore hard to believe how so many people leave it to chance and shun the most crucial stage of the interview: the preparation. Having spent many years interviewing candidates, sitting in on interviews, and advising clients on how to effectively interview top Fire & Security candidates, I have put together some quick fire tips on how to prepare for an interview and the types of questions you should ask to help you on your way to securing you next Fire & Security job.   Quick Fire Tips on How to Prepare for an Interview   Knowing the company you are interviewing for is crucial....

Author: John Guest | Date: 4/11/16 | Category: Fire and Security
fire & security technical sales

Earlier this week I met with the MD of a small but growing Fire & Security business to discuss how we can help them to improve their hiring, on boarding, retention, and ultimately the results that they are producing. During our conversation the topic of what is more important to look for in a sales hire came up; do you look for attitude and habits or product knowledge?   Whilst we discussed the topic at length, agreeing that the main qualities sales people need to have included the right habits, behaviours, and attitude to get out there every day and win the business, the discussion around product knowledge continued.   Does having product knowledge give a sales...

Author: John Guest | Date: 21/10/16 | Category: Fire and Security
Fire & security industry news

Featuring supplier news, product launches, events, our own articles, and more, read our Fire & Security industry news round-up for the week ending 21/10/16   Fire & Security industry news round-up for the week ending 21 October 2016   Threat detection systems market growth According to the latest report published by Marketsandmarkets, the thread detection systems market is predicted to hit $119.17 Billion by 2022 (from $48.38 Billion in 2015), at a CAGR if 13.11% between 2016-2022. Video surveillance systems are playing the main role in the market and are expected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period. The growth is caused mainly by the...

Author: John Guest | Date: 5/9/16 | Category: Fire and Security
attracting the best candidates

The recruitment landscape has shifted considerably over the last 2-3 years and the best candidates hold more power than ever before. Sadly, most companies are still using the same attraction materials and job adverts that were useful when there were plenty of relevant applications and you needed a way of screening people out before applying. As I discussed in my article on hiring the best security professionals out there, the reality is that the best security professionals are either secure in their current role but open to something better, or they are in transition and have multiple opportunities to consider. As such, you need to offer something different and/or better to get the...

Author: John Guest | Date: 1/7/16 | Category: Fire and Security
IFSEC Eligo Fire & Security Team

Last week, the leading security exhibition in Europe took place at London ExCel with Eligo Fire & Security exhibiting for the full 3 days.   Welcoming over 33,000 security professionals to experience the latest technological innovations and head industry leaders, the event was a huge success, with evidence of more collaboration between brands, emerging technologies, and increased participation showing throughout. We began to see how popular IFSEC has become on the first day which is traditionally a little quieter yet this year was possibly the busiest day with a consistent stream of fire & security professionals visiting from start to finish! There were new features...

Author: John Guest | Date: 13/5/16 | Category: Fire and Security
Fire & security industry news

Featuring supplier news, product launches, events, our own articles, and more, read our Fire & Security industry news round-up for the week ending 13/05/16   Fire & Security industry news round-up for the week ending 13th May 2016   BREXIT - The impact of the EU Referendum on the UK security industry 23rd June 2016 is not only the last day of IFSEC but it's the day of UK Referendum where we have a chance to voice our opinion about UK's presence in the European Union. It's "a big decision, one that will affect you, your family and your children for decades to come", but how will it affect security industry? Read more here.  (Security News Desk,...

Author: John Guest | Date: 6/5/16 | Category: Fire and Security
Fire & security industry news

With fingers on the pulse of the Fire & Security industry, our recruiters have begun to compile some of the top news stories across the sector which we'll be publishing each week in our Weekly Fire & Security News Round-up. Featuring supplier news, product launches, events, mergers and acquisitions, as well as our very own articles, be sure to check back each week for a summary of our pick of the major stories.   Fire & Security industry news round-up for the week ending 6th May 2016   Milestone expands into the MEA Region Milestone, a global leader in IP video management software and surveillance solutions, is expanding into the MEA region. A 30 Percent...

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