Torran James is the founder and managing director of Torra Staffing & Recruitment.
Torra Staffing & Recruitment was established in 2020 to provide technical and professional workforce and recruitment services to the Newcastle and Hunter Valley region. Torra Staffing & Recruitment’s goal is to create opportunities for its people so they feel reward and accomplishment and in turn create opportunity for its clients by placing the best people in their organisations to make an impact.
Impressed by the work that Torran has been doing since establishing Torra Staffing & Recruitment last year, we asked Torran a few questions to learn more about him and what drives his success.
Describe yourself in a few sentences?
I am a fun loving all-rounder who is willing to give anything a go! I am always up for a drink at the pub with friends and I will go out of my way to support any of them.
I enjoy breakfast out with my family and love really good coffee!
While I’m usually the life of the office, if I’m having a bad day, I can be easily cheered up with fast food or a savoury treat.
I coach reserve grade for Wallsend Football Club (those who can’t play coach). I also have a couple of hidden talents, I play guitar and love to cook up a storm in the kitchen.
How do you manage your work/life balance?
I keep it pretty simple, I spend lots of time with my family and friends. You’ll generally find me at a coffee shop or pub chatting away with someone. Where possible, I squeeze in exercise (though, I’ve been pretty bad with this of late). I like to keep myself pretty busy, so you’ll find me on the go in all aspects of my life. I will switch off completely for a weekend when there is a Supercars event. I love the strategy of the game so on those weekends, I’m glued to the TV.
What three words best describe you?
What characteristics do you think an individual needs to be successful in your profession (or in general)?
Empathetic, inquisitive and sarcastic!
We work with people day in day out about one of the most important aspects of their life. If you want to be a successful recruiter, you need to remember that everyone is unique and has their own identity. I believe that recruiters need to be inquisitive and empathetic to truly get to know candidates (and clients too for that matter). The effort required to do that every day and the emotions attached to progression and rejection in the recruitment process can be taxing, after all – we are human too. That’s where sarcasm becomes our best friend. The so called lowest form of wit is our sanity check!
How do you define success?
I’m probably my own harshest critic. I’ve never really believed myself to be successful because I always feel like there is something more to achieve. To lighten that up a bit, I would have to say that success is just being true to yourself and what you want out of life. If you are feeling like you haven’t succeeded, it’s more than likely because you didn’t do something that you wanted to do. Success is doing what you want!
What local professionals have had a significant influence on your career and what have you learnt from them?
One of the most important things for my career has been the people I have met and have found influence in. I was able to pursue Torra Staffing & Recruitment thanks to mentorship from Jeff Bell who greatly assisted me to set up the business. I had many questions for Jeff about how to go about setting up Torra Staffing & Recruitment and I now appreciate that Jeff didn’t simply give me all the answers, rather he assisted me to seek out the answers myself.
There are many other local professionals that have supported me throughout my career and who have instilled me with confidence that I could achieve my goals. I am grateful to Diane Loong of Skildare, James Hunt from the University of Newcastle, Alex Brennan of ASR Recruitment and Andrew Booth, who was my first ever manager at David Jones.
I must also mention Michael Ross of Bass Flooring and Greg Ferguson of Robson Civil Projects. They have both shown me loyalty and friendship and gave me every opportunity for early success in establishing my business.