Rian Luke

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Job Title: Recruitment Consultant

Desk: Programming

Email: rian@aswift.com

About Me:

I moved to Sheffield about six years ago, coming from a sales background. I’ve got two cats named Ventus and Luna (from Kingdom Hearts and FFXV respectively) and I probably watch the most anime out of everyone in the office. I’m a fan of cocktails and I also run my own promotions company.

Favourite Game: Halo 3

Favourite Game Series: Kingdom Hearts

Favourite TV Series: Fairytail

Favourite Film: Fast and Furious

Favourite Book: Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben

Favourite Song/Band: Death Blooms by Live a Lie

How did you get into games as a hobby?

I started gaming on the original PlayStation, playing against my Mum on Soul Edge when I was a kid. As I’ve grown up, especially since I started working within the industry, I appreciate how much work goes into making games. They’re a work of art and a fantastic social commentary tool. I’ve met lots of genuine friends through video games too. The social aspect of bringing people together is a big draw for me.

What’s your career background?

I actually started as a door-to-door salesman. I didn’t stay long in this line of work before moving to telesales. From there, I became an insurance broker before making the permanent move into recruitment; first via a call centre and now as a specialist consultant for the Programming desk. My previous experience has helped me to develop my communication skills, talking to people comes incredibly naturally now.

What’s an average day look like for you at Aardvark Swift?

Is it too cliché to say ‘there are no average days’? Generally, I come in and message my international candidates, that have messaged overnight, first. I catch up with the programmers I am currently helping to place, listen to what they need from me so I can tailor my day around them. I keep appraised of industry news and build upon the working relationships I already have with clients and studios.

What do you love most about your job?

I genuinely enjoy helping my candidates find the right role for them. Changing jobs is a big decision for most people, and any way I can make that transition easier is a win in my books. Getting the right studio and candidate together is the best feeling.

Favourite memory so far?

Making my first placement will always stick out in my mind. Ringing the bell and announcing it to the office is still pretty vivid. Everyone is really supportive, we want our team to do well and our candidates to go on and do well in their careers. One of my early candidates has recently been promoted in his current job!

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