INTERVIEW WITH: Ruth Gowar - Consultant at RMG Recruitment

OCTOBER 4, 2016

Although she was born in the United Kingdom, Ruth Gowar grew up and went to school in Port Elizabeth, where she later founded RMG Recruitment.

She actually started her career as a Secretary at the SABC and progressed into the property industry. After five years in property, she decided to venture into recruitment.

Business Link (BL) magazine recently chatted to Ruth.

BL: How did you establish RMG Recruitment – what was the motivation? 

RG: After 15 years of national and international experience in the industry, I decided to take the challenge of starting my own business.

BL: There are quite a number of recruitment agencies in PE – what makes RMG Recruitment unique? 

RG: One of the key areas of recruitment is ‘listening’. Take the time to listen to what your client is asking for and listen to your candidate’s needs and then put the two together.

BL: What is your typical day like? 

RG: Meeting clients, doing courtesy calls, interviewing candidates and matching candidates to client needs, which is an ongoing process.

BL: What services do you offer?

RG: We do advertising, headhunting, career consultations, selection and referencing, verification checks, graduate programmes and contract negotiations.

BL: Do you think South Africa is doing enough to encourage more women entrepreneurs – if not, what else can be done? 

RG: Although progress is slow in this area, women are moving up the ranks in the workplace and, in time to come, I believe this will become more prevalent.

BL: As a working woman, how do you juggle the home and the office? 

RG: With great support from my family and flexibility of being self-employed.

BL: What would be your advice to other women about operating a business in the Eastern Cape?  

RG: Be passionate about what you do, be diligent and don’t quit on the first hurdle, it’s all part of the process.