A top UK recruitment agency is holding a roadshow in Dublin this month aimed at finding estate agents to work in the London property market.
Property recruitment specialists Deverell Smith Recruitment found work for more than 30 Irish agents in 2011 alone, including placing “a dozen into top-tier brands in Mayfair, Chelsea, Kensington, earning five to six times what they could in Dublin,” says managing director Andrew Deverell Smith.
According to The Irish Times, the agency is apparently the first port of call for international firms such as Knight Frank, Savills and Hamptons when they are looking for property employees.
Two consultants from the agency will come to Dublin to interview prospective candidates on the weekend of January 14th and 15th, with all those interested asked to make an appointment.
Deverell Smith said that London is “where the demand is” and “where money can be made.” They say they are looking for agents “who’ve been successful, have great CVs, references and commitment.”
“Irish charm goes a long way,” they added.
Having qualifications is good “and we’ve placed a lot of graduates, but when push comes to shove, experience and character and charisma is what counts. We’re looking for people with experience, credibility, drive and a commitment to relocating.”
Being able to speak Russian, Chinese, Hindi, Italian or Greek could also give an agent the edge.
The rewards can be high with agents typically charging vendors 2% of the sale price.
“If you sell a property worth £5 million, that’s £100,000,” says Deverell Smith.
The interviews will be “an informal half-hour chat.”
Interested agents are asked to contact Richard Wilson at the agency at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0044 207 291 0904.