Looking for a new career?
Considering your options after leaving school or university?
If you love dealing with people, working in a friendly supportive office and want to succeed, a career at Flatmans is perfect for you. We’ve been talking to staff at our Langley branch to see how their careers have developed quickly within the company and what their jobs entail. In this blog we speak to Atesh, Lettings Manager.
Atesh had finished a sports science course at Brunel University before joining Flatmans. “That’s what I thought I was going to do for the rest of my life. I have a coaching background, in football and sports in general. That’s what I was doing for four years, working part time in the betting industry while I was studying, school in the morning and working in the evening.”
“I wanted a bit of a change after that. I happened to put my CV online and Richard Holliday picked it up and gave me a call. The big factor for me for Flatmans was the initial interview where I met the team and my trial days. It made me decide that this was the place. I wanted to be somewhere with nice people where I could come in and not think ‘ugh, what am I doing here’ everyday.”
Atesh thought initially he would only stay at the Langley office temporarily. “I said it was going to be a one year deal to get it out of my system, but here we are, three years down the line.”
Like most new starters, Atesh joined as a Lettings Negotiator, with good progression and a few pay rises over the next year and a half to keep him motivated. Then the previous Lettings Manager handed in his notice and Atesh was promoted to Senior Lettings Negotiator with a bit more responsibility, looking after the Langley area. “At that sort of time Harry (Harry blog link) joined as trainee Lettings Negotiator so I took him under my wing. I was only Senior Letting Negotiator for six months. I did well, and Harry helped a lot, and at the beginning of this year I was promoted to Lettings Manager. I wasn’t expecting it either which was nice.”
Atesh now has a team of four and works closely with Mikala who looks after lettings maintenance. He manages any concerns that arise in the team day-to-day, such as any issues arising between tenants and landlords, and sales figures. “For me, you have to do the numbers in terms of sales because we’re still a sales organisation at the need of the day. So a little bit of pressure, but I’ve always enjoyed that. I’m still excited about meeting people, taking properties on, but what has changed a lot is that I also do the training of new recruits. I have received training in terms of that as well, on the different types of people and how to train them. So it’s all working hand in hand.”
We asked Atesh what skills he thought were necessary for a career in the property industry. “Communication is a big one. You have to be able to listen, which I think is where most people fall down. You have to be a personable fellow with a little bit of an edge. Sometimes you have to know when to say no and walk away from things; or sometimes when to not take no for an answer. And be prepared to try. If you don’t try, you’re not going to get anywhere.”
Atesh’s focus is now on growing the business with his team, extending the amount of properties they manage and recruiting more people in the business. They would also like to expand into more areas, with potential new focus in Slough and West Drayton.
If you’d like to start your new career in property with Flatmans and benefit from our fantastic team, training and more; contact us today on 07860 855166 or firstname.lastname@example.org