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Profile  A Day in the Life

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6AM We’ve got three boys aged 4, 5 and 6 so I’m up early every morning, including weekends. I’ll probably have the opposite problem in a few years’ time when I’m trying to get them out of bed! I try to start the day with some mindfulness exercises but that usually goes out the window so it’s breakfast and out to school. 9.30AM I’m the only one working in the office at the moment, so there’s no issue with social distancing. I usually start the day by reviewing the previous day’s activity. I’m part of a management team with two other directors, so we would normally have a call in the morning too. Myself and my business partners (Jamie Groom and Mark Loughnane) set up Yala to provide a different kind of recruitment service that’s based on a monthly subscription model as opposed to a placement fee model. Our customers, who are mostly SMEs, use us as we provide a ‘rent a recruiter’ service for companies that don’t have talent acquisition or internal recruitment teams. We also have a branding platform where we create video content, particularly for SMEs to help them compete for staff more effectively. 11AM We still have an involvement with our business in the Middle East. Given the time difference, I would usually have one or two calls scheduled either with our team over there or directly with clients. 1PM If I have no meetings, I usually try and get an in-office workout done and grab some lunch. 2PM Afternoons are spent on client presentations. We recently won a number of large public tenders so that would involve some management as well. I’m involved in a number of groups including the National Recruitment Federation and I’m on the board of a steering group for the SFA, which mainly involves overseeing MentorsWork, the Association’s free 12week business support programme. 6PM I aim to be home by about 6.30pm to do the bedtime routine. The kids go to bed at about 7.30pm and after that, it’s dinner and a catch-up with my wife Ciara. As we’re up so early, bedtime is usually 9.30pm. WWW.YALA.IE

WITH THREE YOUNG BOYS AND A THRIVING RECRUITMENT BUSINESS, LIFE IS HECTIC BUT REWARDING FOR YALA MD BARRY PROST

Barry Prost, MD, Yala

“OUR CUSTOMERS, WHO ARE MOSTLY SMES, USE US AS WE PROVIDE A ‘RENT A RECRUITER’ SERVICE FOR COMPANIES THAT DON’T HAVE TALENT ACQUISITION OR INTERNAL RECRUITMENT TEAMS.”

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