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Pat Keogh

Managing Director - Group

I am one of the founders and Managing Director of the Pro-Recruitment Group which was formed in 2007. As well as running the business I also still recruit at Partner level and team moves for a small number of clients.

I have an extensive network in the tax market both in practice and in-house having recruited for this specialism for over 20 years. 

I worked with the legal firm Fladgate Fielder before joining KPMG in their tax department. After several years of practising tax, I decided to join the world of recruitment where I joined a large national recruitment firm. It was then in 2007 that I founded the Pro-Recruitment Group.

Outside of work I am an avid traveller and being half-Thai I have a real passion for the Far East. I am also a keen snowboarder, hockey player at Barnes Hockey Club, Chelsea FC supporter and dad to a beautiful boxer dog called Tess (second only to my wife…just. If I was not in recruitment I would own a BBQ smoke pit restaurant.

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New Year - New Home for Pro-Recruitment Group

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This month is certainly an exciting one here for everyone at Pro-Recruitment Group. We’ve moved! Our wonderful team is expanding and we needed a bigger space to operate in. It’s been a huge operation to pull off and the process didn’t come without its fair share of challenges. We want to share this momentous occasion with you so sit back, grab a cuppa and we’ll tell you all about our big move. We decided at the beginning of 2018 that we needed more space. Then came the big decisions… What next? Where would we go? How would we decorate it? We wanted to minimise disruption for our amazing team here at Pro-Recruitment Group, so knew we wanted to remain within walking distance of our original office in Farringdon There are 3 reasons for finding a new home for The Pro-Recruitment Group: Space When we first moved into our last office, there were 20 of us and plenty of room. When we left, in December 2018, there were 65 and space was getting tight. We now have more of an open plan so we're all working closer together - and a fantastic new kitchen to get away from desks for lunch and to admire the view across St. Paul’s whilst making your brew!. Visibility In our last office, we were on the first floor of a building surrounded jewelers! Although a fantastic part of town, wasn’t suited to our clients and candidates and while we really liked our neighbors, our new office in Blackfriars makes it easier for us to speak to you! Location What a difference a mile makes. By moving - we are now 3 mins walk from City Thameslink, 3 mins walk from St.Paul’s tube line and 4 mins walk from Blackfriars station. There are lots of reasons to be excited about the office. We wanted to ensure our team understood that the space belonged to them. It’s all the little touches that make the office feel like the Pro-Group home. Our meeting rooms are named after chess pieces - to help you with your strategic moves (get it?). The kitchen is fully equipped with a full breakfast bar, beer and wine fridges, and plenty of storage, everyone has lockers to store their personal belongings - all of this highlighted with the fact we have ceiling to floor windows and access to a balcony which runs right around the building and 360 views of Blackfriars and St Paul’s Cathedral. The office location is also a huge bonus, as people can now walk into town and access a range of shops in their lunch break. It has been an exciting twelve years for us and this is a proud moment for the Pro-Recruitment Group. We now work in an office that we can really call our own. Not only will the new office accommodate our expanding team, but it will also allow our family-feel culture to well and truly blossom. I would love for you to come and see it for yourself – you’re always welcome, drop me an email at pat.keogh@pro-recruitment.co.uk or give me a call on 020 7269 6311! Bring on 2019 in our new home! Our new address is 69 Carter Lane, London, EC4V 5EQ

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How To Negotiate a Pay Rise Webinar - Recording

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Thanks to everyone who joined us on How To Negotiate a Pay Rise Webinar. We received some great questions from you all, we didn't have enough time to respond to all of them, but look out for further articles from Pat Keogh and Heather Townsend, who will look to share further insight. Keep the questions coming in, we'd love to hear about which topics you'd like us to explore going forward Share your thoughts >> If you missed it the webinar - you can view it here: To speak to Pat about your recruiting needs or jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696311 or pat.keogh@pro-recruitment.co.uk

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WEBINAR - How to negotiate a pay rise

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We’ve all thought about it… asking for an increase in salary. Salary negotiation is a key skill which will help you throughout your career. Whether you’re a Solicitor or Accountant, a Tax Manager looking to get to Tax Partner, or just a Generalist HR professional exploring salaries in your current role, this webinar will give you some essential advice to plan and execute a strategy to help you get you the pay rise you deserve. This webinar will explore: How to successfully negotiate a pay rise in your current role and for a new job or role The 3 key things you need to do to prepare BEFORE you go in and ask for a pay rise How men and women approach pay rises differently and what you can learn from each gender How to calculate what you are really worth to your firm What to do if your firm doesn’t agree with your pay rise How to answer the question from a recruiter “what’s your current package?” When should you tune in? Thursday 22nd November 2018 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm GMT Join Heather Townsend and Pat Keogh and take away tips on how to best negotiate your salary and pay rise! Heather Townsend is the co-author of ‘‘How to make partner and still have a life’. She is the global expert in what it takes to make partner in a professional practice. In the last year, she and her team of coaches have helped several people make partner and worked with clients from all the major continents of the world. Pat Keogh is one of the founders and Managing Director of the Pro-Recruitment Group which was formed in 2007. As well as running the day-to-day business, Pat also recruits at Partner level across several sectors. He has an extensive network of Tax, Legal, Finance and HR professionals in both practice and in-house having recruited across several sectors for over 20 years. Can’t attend live? You should still register! We’ll be sending out slides and a recording of the webinar to all registrants.

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10 Facts About Recruiters Everyone Thinks Are True

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Recruiters get a bad rap, unfairly so in my humble opinion. I’ve worked with, been headhunted by and got to know some amazing recruitment consultants. So to defend their honour I’ve decided to dispell the 10 most common misconceptions that are thrown around about the industry and the people that work in it. 1. That we all lie We don’t. Well, not the good ones at least. It doesn’t benefit the candidate, the client or ourselves. Reputation and relationships are a huge part of the recruitment industry and you don’t get very far building up a negative reputation. 2. That we are all sharks This is one we get all too often. There are a few that give the whole industry a bad name. These guys message any potential candidate as soon as they get a hot job. They don’t really give much thought into who they’re messaging and usually employ a generic “I’ve found the perfect role for you” and quickly disappear without a trace when you do get in contact and your experience doesn’t match what they’re looking for. Onto their next target. This is an extremely ineffective way of headhunting and a waste of our time so we don’t do it. 3. That we work for our clients and not our candidates Ok so technically we are paid by our clients but that doesn’t mean we don’t have our candidates best interests at heart. Ensuring that candidates have a positive experience and secure the job that is right for them is one of our top priorities. Making sure that we are transparent throughout the entire process is key to keeping candidates and clients happy. 4. That we are worse than estate agents and are only after a quick deal Nobody’s worse than estate agents, nobody! Just kidding…. Again, we’re not after a quick deal. We’re keen to build lasting relationships with clients and candidates. A huge part of the industry is built on referral and reputation and it’d be impossible to build either of these if we just rushed deals through. 5. That recruiters dodge your calls if you aren't on interview for them Why would we go out of our way to dodge a call that if a candidate is not an interview for a specific job? Recruiters can be incredibly busy, juggling clients, candidates and leads take up a lot of time. Drop your consultant an email and let them know you’d like to speak with them and they should get back to you. If they’re still ignoring you one of the consultants here at Pro will happily speak with you! 6. That we are second-hand car salesmen, we’ll sell you the dream and ruin your life We’re specifically contacting candidates because we think that they’d be a great fit for a role that we’re working. Recruiters present all the information, including benefits and incentives, that the client has given them. When a candidate is asked for an interview it is a great opportunity to ask the right questions and gauge for themselves whether or not they think they’d be a good fit for the role and the company. 7. That we take a % of the basic salary that the candidate is offered FAKE NEWS. It is 100% free at every stage for the candidate. We agree all our fees with the client prior to the actual hiring process and it is the client who pays the fees NOT the candidate. 8. That we are just 'sales people’ This is incorrect as we act as consultants who advise both candidates and clients on the current market to ensure we find the best people for the role and that candidates are aware of their worth in the market. In addition, we guide and coach candidates through the recruitment process to ensure they are successful through the process to hopefully receive an offer. 9. That all we care about is money Well, recruitment is a business like any other but to say that we solely care about money is a bit unfair. We act as an ARM for our clients to ensure we reflect their brand and their values in the best way possible to attract suitable candidates. Overall, we provide a valuable service to both our clients and candidates that goes beyond simply just caring about money. 10. That we are all KPI driven Every job has targets and KPIs, Traffic Wardens to Teachers to Doctors. Working towards a target isn’t necessarily a bad thing, we’re not going to throw a candidate under a bus just because we have to make a target, this isn’t Wall Street. We want to and need to be successful, meaning we’ll work hard to succeed by placing candidates with clients. Which can only benefit the people that we’re working with.

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Battersea Stray Over 2018

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It’s just a few hours to go before five brave Pro-Group members of staff embark on the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home's ‘Stray Over’ where we have raised over £2,500 for the privilege to stay overnight at BDACH. I say a privilege because it is, and we are very proud to partner and sponsor such a great cause. Prior to owning my 7-year-old boxer dog (Miss Tess), I would visit the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home once a month just to get a chance to donate money and in return see some wonderful dogs and cats that just want to be loved. BDACH do a wonderful job of caring for and re-homing so many cats and dogs and this is a charity so close to my heart. So close to my heart in fact that as a company we have implemented ‘pawternity’ which means if any member of staff adopts a cat or dog, they are entitled to 7 days pawternity to spend with their new furry friend whilst they get used to their new home. We have our sleeping bags ready, flasks filled and we are ready for the night, bring it on BDACH. A shout-out must go to all of those who gave generously and helped us reach our target. A special mention must also go to: QNS LinkedIn Volcanic eTax Jobs Totally Legal Seaforth Land Mark Bailey - Who was so kind as to shave my head for me Pat Keogh Managing Director Pro-Recruitment Group.

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5 Reasons To Apply To A Job Via A Recruitment Agency

Posted by Pat Keogh

As a recruitment leader, I'm always asked what values a recruitment agency can add to the hiring process, compared to applying to a role directly with an organisation. The teams here at Pro pride themselves on covering any gray areas between clients and candidates so that they can best match the best candidates with the best organisations, making the whole recruitment process a lot more efficient. Here are my five key benefits of applying via a recruitment agency.

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