Apprentice winner Ricky Martin is bound to be ‘Livin’ la Vida Loca now..
The former wrestler won the BBC contest earlier this month, impressing Sir Alan with his business acumen.
Ricky’s success is of particular interest to everyone here at Jobwise as he came into the series as a Recruitment Team Leader.
Furthermore, the 26-year-old’s winning pitch involved setting up a recruitment agency specialising in science and technology.
Ricky won £250,000 to invest into his and Sir Alan’s new business – a welcome boost to the industry and a sign that one of Britain’s top entrepreneurs believes recruitment consultancy still has a strong future in the UK.
As a recruitment agency we did notice, however, that one part of Ricky’s performance could have done with some improvement.
We are referring, of course, to his rather dubious personal statement.
In it he championed himself as a Norse God and even had the cheek to have a dig at Sir Alan himself.
Rubbished as ‘arrogant and foolish’ the statement saw Ricky compare himself to Thor, saying he was a ‘business God’.
He also dubbed Lord Sugar an ‘old dog’ who he could teach ‘new tricks’.
We certainly wouldn’t be recommending that any of our clients try something similar.
The Apprentice is about entertainment as much as business, meaning Ricky – whose real name is Richard – would have had to beef up his personal statement to get on the show in the first place.
As with the pop star name and the wrestling credentials, a ‘sexed up’ document would have been vital to make sure Ricky made the cut to get on the show in the first place.
Past Apprentice contestants have been caught out exaggerating their CVs or overplaying past experiences.
It’s all part of the showbiz game, but we wouldn’t recommend trying it in the real business world.
Overly arrogant hyperbole has no place in the boardroom, while a juiced-up CV will likely get you shown the door.
But that aside Ricky managed to wow Sir Alan and his business buddies.
And considering he is now a competitor in the field of recruitment we’ll be keeping a close eye on him.
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