25 Mar 16 Staff corner
Welcome to our staff corner, where we’ll introduce you to the members of the Burns Sheehan team. Today we'll be speaking to David Lopes, as he returns to Burns Sheehan for a second time! We sat down with the man, the myth, the legend (also known as D-Lo), to discover if he's actually as suave as his LinkedIn profile picture suggests.
Hello! How did you come to work with Burns Sheehan?
Originally, I was introduced to Baz & Burnsie by a Rec2Rec – a lovely lady who is now living the dream in Australia. The ‘second coming’ had more of a Stockholm-syndrome vibe going on.
What do you think the best thing about recruitment is?
You get back what you put in.
What’s the worst thing about recruitment?
Recruiters. Human beings.... No? – alright seriously: it’s just the perception of the industry that gets me. That and having to be incredibly patient a lot of the time.
What is your area of specialism?
Recruitment. In the early days I started out specialising in infrastructure support (1st/2nd line etc.) positions and general infrastructure-based roles (given I had worked in IT Support and DBA prior to recruitment), I subsequently started working on development positions, specifically Java. I found the development side more interesting and have done since. These days, I work across open-source tech stacks but I won’t shy away from an infrastructure-based role.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A teenage mutant ninja turtle – Donatello.
The best one for sure. Who do you think would play you in a film?
Shia Labeouf – to play me? - I’d like to play De Niro in Raging Bull (my favourite film)
If you say so. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Braai (with a few beers and YES, even in the winter) – walking the dog, watching sports/movies.
What is your guilty pleasure?
I have a few that I feel perhaps I shouldn’t but…
Reddit – I can spend a couple of hours on without even realising.
David Thorne books
Roman Atwood & Vitaly Zdorovetskiy (among others) prank videos
Very guilty indeed! What’s at the top of your bucket list?
A number of (probably more important) things but right now: I really want to buy a pet Otter.
Erm okay...What advice would you give someone thinking about a career in recruitment?
I guess it depends on the person ‘thinking’ about a career in recruitment, sometimes it’s quite apparent a person just wouldn’t suit the job. Someone always used to tell me, ‘persistence beats resistance’ which comes across a bit weirdly but I think he just meant perseverance was key.
Beyond the normal spiel I could bang on about, be honest, do it right etc. etc. My actual advice would be; if you can’t visualise where you will be in 3 years within recruitment then don’t bother.
Here's a photo of David's amazing dog Bentley.
Thanks D-Lo, it's been great getting to know you!
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